Sewanee Writers' Conference

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The Sewanee Writers' Conference is a writers' conference held every summer on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The conference was founded in 1989 by director Wyatt Prunty and is funded largely by an endowment from the estate of acclaimed American playwright Tennessee Williams.[1] The conference takes place over twelve days, during which participants attend writing workshops, readings, panel presentations, lectures on the craft of poetry, fiction, and playwriting, and numerous social gatherings.[2][3]


Admission to the conference is competitive and is decided through a formal application process. All applicants who are accepted to the conference have a portion of their expenses underwritten by the estate of Tennessee Williams.

Poets and fiction writers who have published at least one full-length book, whether through a legitimate small press or a major publishing house, are eligible to apply for a limited number of fellowships to cover all tuition, room, and board for the conference. Poets and fiction writers with a record of publication in periodicals are eligible to apply for scholarships (also limited in number) to cover conference tuition. Playwrights are also eligible for these awards if their work has seen production, either professional or amateur. Publication or production is not required for general admission to the conference.[4]

Faculty and staff[edit]

The faculty of the Sewanee Writers' Conference has included poets, fiction writers, and playwrights such as Daniel Anderson, Richard Bausch, John Casey, Tony Earley, Claudia Emerson, Daisy Foote, B.H. Fairchild, Debora Greger, Barry Hannah, Robert Hass, Beth Henley, Andrew Hudgins, Mark Jarman, Donald Justice, Randall Kenan, Margot Livesey, William Logan, Maurice Manning, Charles Martin, Jill McCorkle, Alice McDermott, Erin McGraw, Dan O'Brien, Mary Jo Salter, Christine Schutt, Dave Smith, A.E. Stallings, Mark Strand, Mona Van Duyn, Sidney Wade, Richard Wilbur, Steve Yarbrough, and many others.[5][6][7]

Current and former conference staff members include director Wyatt Prunty as well as Caki Wilkinson, Megan Roberts, Adam Latham, Amy Arthur, Erica Dawson, Samuel Fox, Juliana Gray, Daniel Groves, Jonathan Bohr Heinen, Hastings Hensel, Carrie Jerrell, Jake Ricafrente, and Adam Vines.[8]


  1. ^ "History". Sewanee Writers' Conference. Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2013-05-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Sewanee Writers' Conference Begins 23rd Year". Th Chattanoogan. 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  3. ^ "The Conference". Sewanee Writers' Conference. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  4. ^ "Apply". Sewanee Writers' Conference. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  5. ^ "Our Faculty". Sewanee Writers' Conference. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  6. ^ "Dates and Faculty Announced for 2011 Sewanee Writers' Conference". Sewanee Writers' Conference. October 27, 2010. Archived from the original on August 11, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Sewanee Writers' Conference". Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  8. ^ "Our Staff". Sewanee Writers' Conference. Retrieved 2013-05-18.

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