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 Lion King Eats Hamlet

Fairy tales, fables, and folklore – were they invented just to control the behavior of children? To allow for the possibility of happy endings? To give voice to our greatest desires and fears? Pure flights of fancy? Regardless of their purpose or aims, these archetypal stories are ingrained in our cultural consciousness, and wield power over us. What happens when we seize the power, and re-imagine these stories?

Cultivate Your Community, Cultivate Your Craft

When I arrived back in Pittsburgh after my first time as a counselor at YWW, I had two feelings. The first was one of elation, and went something like this:

OMIGOSHTHATWASSOAMAZINGNOWIHAVEALLTHESEINCREDIBLENEWFRIENDSANDEXPERIENCESANDIAMGOINGTOWRITEALLTHETHINGSYEAH!

I felt energized to write and experiment and create art. This lasted for a couple days. But then another feeling emerged. Panic.

Testimonial

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.

Allison (Hoover) Marchetti

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