Before the founding in 1982 of the Young Writers Workshop at the University of Virginia, residential programs for young creative writers didn’t exist.

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  • Jenny Gillespie Mason

    Jenny Gillespie Mason

    Jenny Gillespie Mason attended the Workshop in songwriting in 1995, then joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

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Alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Wins MacArthur "Genius" Grant

Wild applause and congratulations to scriptwriting alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (‘98-‘01) and newest MacArthur genius!


“Who do you think you are? Why can’t you be like everybody else?” This withering evaluation—whether spoken or unspoken—is one that creative kids often endure during their high school years.  I taught a workshop on Performance Reading at YWW, and all three of my children are YWW alumni, so I speak from happy experience when I tell you this:  This workshop is where young writers belong, where they feel safe taking a creative risk. In this environment, a young writer’s nascent talent will be given every opportunity to take root and blossom.  It’s life changing. For real.

Janis Jaquith