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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Session 1 Visiting Writers!

Looking forward to performances tonight from alumna Jenny Johnson(‘96) and musician Peyton Tochterman!


In all my years teaching and performing I have never been part of a more inclusive, productive, and affirming gathering of creative people.  The environment created by the staff and students at Young Writers has changed countless students of mine, encouraging their aspirations, empowering their impossible dreams by an undeniable reality that they can do it.  I hold Young Writers in the highest regard and I think there is no better place on the planet for a young creative soul.  It’s a place where it’s not how you look or how cool you are – it’s about your work, your courage, and your insight.  As my own daughters grow up there are many moments where I use the lessons I learned at YWW.  And even though my path has taken me to TX, my heart is still in Charlottesville during the summer.

Tom Prasada-Rao

YWW Teaching Songwriter