• The Summer 2016 Student Application is now live! APPLY HERE!

  • Summer 2016 Dates * Session I: June 19-July 1 * Session II: July 3-24

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

  • Cyndi Robinson-Carney

    Residential Teacher-Counselor, 2002-2004

    Cyndi Robinson-Carney joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor from 2002-2004.

From the Blog

Gallery Walk 2015

Check out these samples from the Summer 2015 Graphic Fiction and Nonfiction workshop! Thanks to instructor Lydia Conklin and to all the students who participated!

Theater of War

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has alumnus Bryan Doerries’ book, Theater of War, on his gift list. Here’s why you should, too.


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.

Leah Woody

YWW Alumna