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've taught fiction writing at Young Writers for nine years now, and every single summer I've felt that same beautiful energy there--a combination of real imagination, love and friendship, self exploration, and a thrilling flat-out just going for it. All year, summer to summer, I carry this in my memory, and I talk about it with anyone who will listen. I feel so lucky to be part of this program.

Suzy Chamandy

YWW Teaching Fiction Writer