• The 2018 Student Application link will be posted here in the third week of January

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

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.

Testimonial

The Young Writers Workshop nurtures young writers from the inside out. We start with the heart. Young writers bond with counselors and suitemates in intimate living communities. They express creativity through mini-course electives. Their work is celebrated on stage on the very first day.  They feel safe, valued, supported. Then we move to the head: writers study strong models of writing on a daily basis. Instructors expose them to a variety of techniques, styles, modes. They exchange constructive feedback with peers and teachers. Their writing vocabulary expands as they mimic the techniques of their literary mentors. Young Writers changed my writing and my heart—even as a counselor. I learned to quiet my inner critic and trust my inner song.

Allison (Hoover) Marchetti

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