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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Special Session 2 Visiting Writer: Matthew Crawford

This summer, Young Writers is pleased to welcome Visiting Writer Matthew Crawford, the author of the new nonfiction work The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction and of the bestselling Shop Class as Soul Craft.

Introducing Sallie Merkel, Play & Scriptwriting Faculty

We asked this year’s faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of disTRACTION. Today, Sallie Merkel tells us about a time she turned a moment of distraction to her advantage.

Testimonial

Attending YWW as a fiction writer in 2008 was the first time I found peers who loved writing like me and who would talk about books, movies and current events for hours. It was the first time I found adults who never talked down to me, but instead understood me, respected me and took me seriously as a writer and person. As a counselor in 2012, I thought I'd just give back to the community, but instead it changed my life again with its openness and magic. Without YWW's formative power, I would not be the woman I am today.

Morgan Kayser

YWW Alumna