Sewanee Writers’ Conference

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Sewanee, TN, United States
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The 32nd annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference was held from July 19 to July 31 on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The conference featured workshops, master classes, lectures, and readings for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The faculty included poets Jericho Brown, Eduardo C. Corral, Tarfia Faizullah, Carl Phillips, Caki Wilkinson, and Monica Youn; fiction writers Chris Bachelder, Venita Blackburn, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Adrianne Harun, Vanessa Hua, Holly Goddard Jones, Katie Kitamura, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Luis Alberto Urrea and Jess Walter; and nonfiction writers Alexander Chee, Lacy M. Johnson, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, and Elena Passarello. Participating editors included Abdul Ali (Pleiades), Anna Lena Phillips Bell (Ecotone and Lookout Books), Millicent Bennett (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Cortney Lamar Charleston (Rumpus), George David Clark (32 Poems), Leigh Anne Couch (freelance editor), Jessica Faust (Southern Review), Rebecca Lindenberg (Cincinnati Review), Becky Monds (HarperCollins), Eric Smith (Sewanee Review), Liz Van Hoose (5E), Adam Vines (Birmingham Poetry Review), Michael Wiegers (Copper Canyon Press), Ginny Smith Younce (Penguin Press), and Felicia Zamora (Colorado Review). Participating agents included Jin Auh (Wylie Agency), Michelle Brower (Trellis Literary Management), Sarah Burnes (Gernert Company), Emily Forland (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents), Erin Harris (Folio Literary Management), Gail Hochman (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents), Annie Hwang (Ayesha Pande Literary), Margaret Riley King (William Morris Endeavor), Anjali Singh (Ayesha Pande Literary), and Renée Zuckerbrot (Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents). Tuition, including room and board, was $1,800. Fellowships and scholarships were available for published writers. Writers submitted 10 to 15 pages of poetry or 30 pages of fiction or nonfiction by March 15. There was no application fee. Visit the website for more information.

Accessibility accommodations included elevators in all multilevel event spaces and accessible parking. Writers contacted director of student accessibility services Matt Brown at for additional accessibility details.

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Sewanee Writers’ Conference, University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383.