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 Two Thousand Dollar Python

Sometimes when you can’t write the story you want, you end up writing the story you need.

If You Can’t Laugh at Yourself, You Must Not Be Very Funny

Three years ago on my 33rd birthday, fresh off a break-up and entering my “Jesus” year, I made 3 resolutions, and I started with something easy.

1) Win a chili cookoff 2) Train to be a lady arm wrestler 3) Become a stand-up comedian

Testimonial

What I see: “Listen to this!” one says.  They sit on the grass in pairs, the listener leans forward, as eager as the reader.  What I hear: silence of writing, pen on paper (or fingers on keyboard) in a room whose air is electric; pause to think and re-think; draft after draft.  What I remember: a letter from a parent, afterward--“She’s flying!”  YWW is a moment out of time, the past re-discovered as material for art, the future adumbrated--what it is to be a writer, to be dedicated, to form a living community--wisdom to last a life through.

Kenny Marotta

YWW Teaching Fiction Writer