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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We're parents of a YWW alum -- Molly Brown, now an MFA student at the Michener Center in Austin, TX -- and writers who have worked with YWW students. As novelists and professors at Sweet Briar College, the arrival of the UVA Young Writers Workshop on our beautiful campus in the summer of 2012 was a dream come true, the perfect marriage of a lovely place and an extraordinary program. Sweet Briar's campus is three thousand gorgeous acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains; it has been a privilege to welcome the inspirational YWW to this inspirational landscape.

Carrie and John Gregory Brown