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.

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I had the pleasure of visiting YWW twice to give readings and craft lectures, and both times I was impressed by the energy and intelligence of the students.  You can tell a lot about the quality of a group by the kind of audience they comprise, and I remember sitting at the back of the auditorium as a visiting poet gave her reading and watching the students respond to all the nuances in the work, whether by laughing or sighing or nodding at all the right places, and I thought, "Wow, they’re good."

John McNally

Visiting Writer