Students come from almost every part of the U.S. and a few foreign countries, from both public and private high schools. Some have had extensive training in creative writing and some have not. What they have in common is a passion for writing and a willingness to work hard at it for two weeks, refining their craft and helping others do the same. And where do they go from here? Back to their high schools, where they almost always find themselves more confident and committed writers and students. And then they go on to colleges like Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, Middlebury, and Yale. Many matriculate at Sewanee, where they are eligible for the Dakin Scholarship, awarded to a participant in the SYWC. Some have gone on to publish their work in regional and national magazines, to work as Hollywood screenwriters, magazine editors, and Ph.D. students in literature. Some are doing other things entirely, but nearly all seem to look back at their experience in Sewanee as valuable and transforming, both in the classroom and out, where they make friends who share their love of writing, friends with whom they stay in touch long after the conference ends.