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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The Young Writers Workshop nurtures young writers from the inside out. We start with the heart. Young writers bond with counselors and suitemates in intimate living communities. They express creativity through mini-course electives. Their work is celebrated on stage on the very first day. They feel safe, valued, supported. Then we move to the head: writers study strong models of writing on a daily basis. Instructors expose them to a variety of techniques, styles, modes. They exchange constructive feedback with peers and teachers. Their writing vocabulary expands as they mimic the techniques of their literary mentors. Young Writers changed my writing and my heart—even as a counselor. I learned to quiet my inner critic and trust my inner song.