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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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Gallery Walk!

Check out these samples from this summer’s Graphic Text labs! Thanks to artist Lydia Conklin and all the students who participated!

The Cartoon You

Graphic memoirs have been in the news a lot in the last few months—from Alison Bechdel winning the MacArthur Genius Grant to Roz Chast’s memoir appearing on the National Book Award Longlist.

One of the building blocks of creating a graphic memoir or a nonfiction graphic essay is creating a persona for yourself—the Cartoon You.

Testimonial

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