Sewanee Writers’ Conference begins 24th year


Celebrating its 24th summer session, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference will run from Tuesday, July 23, through Saturday, Aug. 3, and will feature readings, panels, and lectures by distinguished faculty and nationally-recognized editors, publishers and literary agents.

The Conference will begin with a reading by fiction writer Alice McDermott at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. All readings and lectures are free, open to the public, and held on the Sewanee campus in the Mary Sue Cushman Room of the Bairnwick Women’s Center. 

Alice McDermott is the author of six novels and received the National Book Award in 1998 for Charming Billy. A recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, the Corrington Award for Literature, and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, she is a professor at The Johns Hopkins University.

The following 11 days will feature readings by National Book Award and 2013 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award Winner for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing Tim O’Brien, Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize winners and former Poets Laureate of the U.S. Robert Hass and Mark Strand, 2012 Rea Award Winner for the Short Story Richard Bausch, Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award Winner Diane Johnson, Pulitzer Prize finalist Christine Schutt, PEN/Malamud Award Winner for Short Fiction Elizabeth Spencer, and many other award-winning poets and best-selling authors. Please see the full schedule here.

Editors from Algonquin Books, The American Scholar, Blackbird, Grove/Atlantic, The Hopkins Review, The Kenyon Review, Knopf, The Missouri Review, New Directions, Northwestern University Press, The Oxford American, Penguin, Poetry, The Sewanee Review and The Weekly Standard will discuss publishing. Authors’ books are available at the University Book & Supply Store.

Supported by the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund established through the estate of the late Tennessee Williams, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference offers instruction and criticism to writers through a series of workshops, readings, and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and playwriting.

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