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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Talking Heads: The A-Team's Advice on Balancing (Or Not) The Artistic Life

Nope, not that A-Team. Here the YWW Administrative Team shares some collective wisdom about how to balance an artistic life while still getting the laundry done, the bills paid, and the dishes washed or at least off the floor.

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I’ve been trying for the past hour to craft the perfect opening sentence for this testimonial.  I am sitting in a small, bustling bagel shop in Brooklyn, NY—the ideal place to write and reminisce about my three summers in Virginia at Young Writers.  However, I continue to find myself thinking,  “I still can’t believe that a program, a community, a family like Young Writers really exists.”  Not only did it give me the tools to grow as a writer, but I also felt like a member of this passionately devoted and accepting community.  What more does a young writer need? 

Mickey Betters

YWW Alumna