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

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

Often the biggest challenge to anyone wishing to explore their art is finding a community of individuals willing to share ideas and develop their craft in a positively critical and intensive setting.  YWW offers a unique crucible for writers of all sorts to develop confidence in their own vision.  Having pop, country, goth, rap and folk singers all in one place, immersed in exploration, critical mass is as inevitable as the explosion of creativity that follows."

Greg Howard

Visiting Artist and Teaching Songwriter