• Now accepting late applications for Summer 2016: APPLY HERE!

  • Summer 2016 Dates * Session I: June 19-July 1 * Session II: July 3-22

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

Featured Artist

  • 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

Gallery Walk 2015

Check out these samples from the Summer 2015 Graphic Fiction and Nonfiction workshop! Thanks to instructor Lydia Conklin and to all the students who participated!

Theater of War

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has alumnus Bryan Doerries’ book, Theater of War, on his gift list. Here’s why you should, too.


Before coming to Young Writers, I had so many questions. I was questioning my writing, what I wanted to major in college, and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Young Writers answered all those questions in the most positive way. It completely solidified the fact that writing was not only something that I want to do; it is something that I have to do. I met so many people who I know I will be collaborating with and learning from for many years to come.

Young Writers gives you support, love, and kindness. You form such strong bonds with people and connect on a very deep level. We were not afraid to be ourselves because we knew that we would be accepted for exactly who we were.

Young Writers completely altered the course of my life. Where I’m applying to college, what I’m going to major in, and what I want to do as a career all changed for the better. My work was taken very seriously and I grew and improved so much as writer in the short span of three weeks. I felt like I really found my true self at Young Writers and found my voice as a poet. This is gift that I will never be able to repay.

Jillian James

YWW Alumna