• Summer 2016 Dates * Session I: June 19-July 1 * Session II: July 3-22

  • Late applications for Session 1 are now closed; Session 2 late applications remain open: APPLY HERE!

Before the founding in 1982 of the Young Writers Workshop at the University of Virginia, residential programs for young creative writers didn’t exist.

Featured Artist

  • 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

When I think of my many years teaching poetry writing at the Young Writers Workshop, I think of, session by session, fifteen heads put together (no twittering, tweeting, Facebooking, or e-mailing), literally and literarily put together for the sake of fresh love for an immortal art form. In other words, I can’t help but wax poetic about all my students, the best minds of their generations. No, “students” is the wrong word—they taught me how to keep on keeping a hold on imagination’s relationship to the concrete world, which was, for a few summer weeks out of each year, not rough at all.

Doug Nordfors

YWW Teaching Poet