When I was in college, my friends used to tease that I was the “poster girl for UVA,” because of my deep love for my alma mater, the University of Virginia.
But what a lot of people may not know is that it was the University’s Young Writers Workshop (YWW), that I attended as a 17 year old high-school student from Bangladesh, was what introduced me to UVA, bringing me to Thomas Jefferson’s “academical village” the summer before I went to college.
That summer I went to YWW changed my life. It was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I learned that writing was a skill I needed to nurture and trust. YWW marked the beginning of my love affair with UVA, a relationship that would transform my intellectual self forever.
Mentors like Margo Figgins, the founder and Director of really impacted the development of my understanding of language, and how to use it. If you know anyone who is a budding writer, I do not think there is a better writers camp at a better university to attend than UVA’s YWW.
Check out my conversation with the Young Writers Workshop in the “Featured Alumni” section.