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Sewanee Writers’ Conference

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The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, July 20–August 1, 2021, is located at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and offers workshops in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and nonfiction. The program also includes an individual meeting with a faculty member, readings, craft lectures, and master classes.

The Conference is offering a poetry fellowship to one Cave Canem fellow or alumni. Poetry fellows are waived the $1800 cost to attend, which includes room and board, and are only responsible for their travel costs. Each fellow is asked to be an active member in workshop, give a 15-minute reading at Sewanee, and meet individually with six writers from their workshop for half hour manuscript consultations. Fellows also have an opportunity to teach a one-hour master class at Sewanee, for which they would receive a $500 honorarium. This summer’s poetry faculty includes Tarfia Faizullah, Mark Jarman, Nate Marshall, Carl Phillips, A. E. Stallings, and Monica Youn.

Applications are due March 15, 2021. Fellows must have books in print by the time of the Conference in order to apply and can’t have attended the Conference as a poetry fellow before. Applicants must note that they are applying as a Cave Canem fellow/alumni in the first sentence of their statement of interest. Details on how to apply can be found here.

Within one month of completing the residency, the selected participant is required to submit a one-page evaluative report to Cave Canem.

Questions? Contact Programs and Communications Manager Malcolm Tariq at with the subject line “Sewanee Writers’ Conference.”