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.

From the Blog

Alumnus Bryan Doerries Featured on PBS Newshour

Alumnus Bryan Doerries take a version of his Theater of War to Ferguson, MO. Watch here as PBS NewsHour reports.

Alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Wins MacArthur "Genius" Grant

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


Often the biggest challenge to anyone wishing to explore their art is finding a community of individuals willing to share ideas and develop their craft in a positively critical and intensive setting.  YWW offers a unique crucible for writers of all sorts to develop confidence in their own vision.  Having pop, country, goth, rap and folk singers all in one place, immersed in exploration, critical mass is as inevitable as the explosion of creativity that follows."

Greg Howard

Visiting Artist and Teaching Songwriter