Before the founding in 1982 of the Young Writers Workshop at the University of Virginia, residential programs for young creative writers didn’t exist.
From the Blog
My summers at Young Writers were the best of my life. As a student, the more I learned about writing, the more I learned about myself. I found an identity and I found a voice that was much louder than I expected. I returned as a counselor, and as an administrator, but I was always a "student" of the workshop. I learned as much from my students as I did from my teachers. YWW is not a place or a time, but a state of mind. Every time I meet an alumnus of the program we have an immediate connection--whether they were there in 1988 or 2008. We may be older now, but we will always be Young Writers.