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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  • Jenny Gillespie Mason

    Jenny Gillespie Mason

    Jenny Gillespie Mason attended the Workshop in songwriting in 1995, then joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

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It is not an exaggeration to say that Young Writers Workshop changed my life. This experience of catharsis is by no means unique; in fact it seems common in alumni. YWW is so influential on the people involved with it because of the profound power of writing in the context of community. Writing always represents a dynamic engagement between a perspective and the observed. With young writers this effect is even more pronounced because as people they are still coming into their own: their perspectives are flexible, eager, and, as they will realize, powerful. 

Jack Nachmanovitch

YWW Alumnus