Sewanee Writers' Conference

The Conference

The 2015 Conference

July 21 - August 2, 2015

From July 21 through August 2, 2015, the University of the South will host the 26th session of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of the late Tennessee Williams, the Conference will gather a distinguished faculty to provide instruction and criticism through workshops and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and playwriting.

This year’s faculty includes fiction writers Richard Bausch, Tony Earley, Adrianne Harun, Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle, Alice McDermott, Tim O’Brien, Christine Schutt, Allen Wier, and Steve Yarbrough; and poets Daniel Anderson, B.H. Fairchild, Andrew Hudgins, Maurice Manning, Charles Martin, Mary Jo Salter, A.E. Stallings, and Sidney Wade. Dan O’Brien and Paula Vogel will lead the playwriting workshop. Charles Martin, A.E. Stallings, and N.S. Thompson will offer a supplemental poetry translation workshop. Erin McGraw and Wyatt Prunty will read from their work.

In addition, a group of distinguished writers, critics, agents, and visitors will take part. Those who will discuss writing from the point of view of editing or publishing include Paul Bone (Measure); Georges, Anne, and Valerie Borchardt (Georges Borchardt Literary Agency); Eliza Borné (The Oxford American); MaryKatherine Callaway (LSU Press); Barbara Epler (New Directions); Gary Fisketjon (Alfred A. Knopf); Mary Flinn (Blackbird); Lindsay Garbutt (Poetry); Rob Griffith (Measure); Gail Hochman (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents); Mike Levine (Northwestern University Press); David Lynn (The Kenyon Review); Speer Morgan (The Missouri Review); Kathy Pories (Algonquin Books); Elisabeth Schmitz (Grove/Atlantic); Philip Terzian (The Weekly Standard); N.S. Thompson (poetry translator); Michael Wiegers (Copper Canyon Press); Robert Wilson (The American Scholar); and David Yezzi (The Hopkins Review).

Other prominent visitors will include literary agents Julie Barer (Barer Literary), Michelle Brower (Folio Literary Management), Sarah Burnes (The Gernert Company), Emily Forland (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents), Anna Stein (Aitken Alexander Associates), Amy Williams (The Williams Company), and Renée Zuckerbrot (Renée Zuckerbrot Literary Agency). Two professional actors, Lucas Dixon and Charise Castro Smith, will assist the playwriting workshop. Polly Carl, director of HowlRound and creative director of ArtsEmerson, and Celise Kalke, Director of New Projects for Alliance Theatre, will visit to meet with playwrights.

The Conference will offer its customary Walter E. Dakin Fellowships and Tennessee Williams Scholarships, as well as awards in memory of Stanley Elkin, Horton Foote, Barry Hannah, Anthony Hecht, John Hollander, Donald Justice, Romulus Linney, Howard Nemerov, Father William Ralston, Mark Strand, Peter Taylor, Mona Van Duyn, and John N. Wall. Additional scholarships have been made possible by Georges and Anne Borchardt and Gail Hochman. Every applicant who earns acceptance—whether contributor, scholar, or fellow—receives financial assistance. The Conference fee reflects but two-thirds of the actual cost to attend. Additional funding is awarded to fellows and scholars.

If you have further questions about the Conference, please contact Adam Latham at or 931-598-1654.