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Director Philip Metres founded the YWW in 2010, because he believed that high school writers needed

  1. mentorship from established writers, and
  2. a place to meet other young writers. Mentorship and community provide the kindling for the young writer’s fiery desire to write great stories and poems.

All the alums of the YWW have proved him right!

Metres is the author of ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (2020), and The Sound of Listening (2018). His work has garnered fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannon Foundations, the National Endowment of the Arts, and others. He is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Visit Metres' website.

Past faculty have included: Danny Caine, Michael Croley, Aubrey Hirsch, Dave Lucas, Lydia Munnell, and Alissa Nutting.