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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If You Can’t Laugh at Yourself, You Must Not Be Very Funny

Three years ago on my 33rd birthday, fresh off a break-up and entering my “Jesus” year, I made 3 resolutions, and I started with something easy.

1) Win a chili cookoff 2) Train to be a lady arm wrestler 3) Become a stand-up comedian

Session 1 Visiting Writers!

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


I attended YWW in 1993 and 1994 for songwriting. The experience single-handedly changed my life and made me the person I am today. It is some of the greatest memories I have in my life. I am from a small, close-minded town and YWW introduced me to a whole new world of people and thinking, and showed me that is was okay to think the way I did and to be the person I was. I have been a musician/songwriter in Nashville now since 1996. It wouldn't have been possible without this wonderful camp. Thanks YWW.

John Duffer

YWW Alumnus