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

Introducing Sallie Merkel, Scriptwriting Faculty

We asked this year’s faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of CONVERGENCE. Today, Sallie Merkel talks about the importance of creating a convergence of multiple voices–even when you’re alone.

Introducing Derrick Brown, Poetry Faculty

We asked this year’s faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of CONVERGENCE. Today, it’s the convergence of Derrick Weston Brown on the past and the present in the writer’s voice.

Testimonial

I attended YWW in 1993 and 1994 for songwriting. The experience single-handedly changed my life and made me the person I am today. It is some of the greatest memories I have in my life. I am from a small, close-minded town and YWW introduced me to a whole new world of people and thinking, and showed me that is was okay to think the way I did and to be the person I was. I have been a musician/songwriter in Nashville now since 1996. It wouldn't have been possible without this wonderful camp. Thanks YWW.

John Duffer

YWW Alumnus