• 2018 Dates: Session 1, June 24 - July 6; Session 2, July 8-27

  • Look here for the 2018 Student Application after January 1.

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

  • Tim Harrod

    Alumnus, 1984-1986; comedy writer for The Onion

    Tim Harrod attended the Workshop in Journalism (‘84), Scriptwriting (‘85) and Playwriting (‘86). He has written for Late Night With Conan O’Brien, where the team he worked on was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series. He currently writes for The Onion and humor magazine The American Bystander

From the Blog

Introducing Sarah LaBrie, Fiction Faculty

We asked our faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of MARGINALIA. Here’s Sarah LaBrie on creating a ‘wonder cabinet’ of writing advice through note-making.

Introducing Henry Hoke, Screen & Playwriting Faculty

We asked our faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of MARGINALIA. Here’s Henry Hoke on how his marginalia reveal his passion.


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.

Jillian James

YWW Alumna