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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Help Us Find 33 Years of YWW Alumni!

There are so many incredible things about The Young Writers Workshop: the friendships, the writing breakthroughs, the wild applause—even the 2011 demolition of Tuttle (that, we remind you, had no air conditioning). But perhaps one of YWW’s most amazing feats is that it has created this large and lasting community before the Internet age began. How did we even do it?

As the program enters its “thirty-something” years, it’s growing nostalgic. We want to know where our thousands of amazing alums are now—especially our alums from the 80s and 90s, whose email addresses were a mere gleam in future-Google’s eye.

YOU can help us! You have the technology! It takes only seconds to fill out this form. And, if you have a few more seconds, send this link to your alumni friends who haven’t yet joined our alumni group or liked us on Facebook.

Reflections on a Shooting Range Death, From One Who Knows

Gregory Orr (Visiting Writer) reflects in the New York Times Sunday Review on his own experience with a fatal hunting accident at a young age and the recent tragedy of a nine year-old girl who accidentally killed her shooting range instructor. Read his piece here.


Attending YWW as a fiction writer in 2008 was the first time I found peers who loved writing like me and who would talk about books, movies and current events for hours. It was the first time I found adults who never talked down to me, but instead understood me, respected me and took me seriously as a writer and person. As a counselor in 2012, I thought I'd just give back to the community, but instead it changed my life again with its openness and magic. Without YWW's formative power, I would not be the woman I am today.

Morgan Kayser

YWW Alumna