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
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.