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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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YWW changes lives.  It changed mine.  I was a student in the early days of the program, there with my best friend and my two sharpened pencils, eager to “learn to write”—something I thought would transpire easily in two weeks.  And yes, I did learn a lot about writing, but even more about the writing life, the path I’d follow from then on.  And as a teacher I’ve seen it do the same for so many other kids who show up filled with hope and doubt and wondrous talents—so many talents!—that they are only beginning to unlock. “I can be myself here,” they say, “in a way I never knew before.” Just wait, I tell them.  You’ll see.  This is only the beginning.

Jennifer Haupt (Jennifer Buxton)

YWW Alumna