Been bitten by the writing bug? Visit us for two weeks of literary discussion and creation.
We offer our students opportunities that are otherwise hard to find, either at high schools or at other summer programs. Our workshops in playwriting, fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are led by writers of significant accomplishment and promise: our former workshop leaders have won the Roerich poetry prize, been recognized by The New Yorker as among the twenty best young American novelists, and featured by "Oprah’s Book Club." And our workshop leaders really get to know their students, and vice-versa because we’ve kept our numbers low: workshops no larger than ten, and a total enrollment of about sixty. And we make space in the schedule for two "one-on-one" conferences between student and teacher, as well as plenty of informal contact.
We also offer an impressive lineup of well-known visiting writers whose works students read and discuss. To ensure that each student has meaningful contact with the writers the students are required to read one book by each of these visiting writers before arriving. Once on campus the students attend a discussion about each book, led by either a Sewanee English professor or a Writers’ Conference faculty member. When our guests arrive, participants will be prepared to get the most out of the authors’ readings and out of the informal discussions that will follow.
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