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

From the Blog

13 Chilling but True YWW at Sweet Briar (non)Ghost Stories

Author’s Note: Sweet Briar College is reportedly one of the most haunted campuses in America. When YWW relocated its summer program there in 2012, I arrived with strong hopes of experiencing and documenting my own supernatural interactions. I tried… and in the following summers, continued to try… as the document that follows will testify. Incidents described here occurred over the past 3 summers.

Gallery Walk!

Check out these samples from this summer’s Graphic Text labs! Thanks to artist Lydia Conklin and all the students who participated!


It was as a student at YWW that I first felt taken seriously as a writer, which shaped my future as a serious poet and MFA graduate; it was as a counselor at YWW that I first felt taken seriously as a teacher, which shaped my future as a workshop instructor at both the high school and college levels. There's no doubt in my mind that nearly all of the skills I use in my poetry and teaching careers today I learned first at YWW. To say nothing of the fact that I have never had as much fun, or laughed as hard in my whole life, as I do every summer at YWW.

Laura-Eve Engel

YWW Alumna