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Sewanee Writers’ Conference

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The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, July 21 – August 2, 2020, is located at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and offers workshops in poetry, playwriting, fiction and nonfiction. The program also includes an individual meeting with a faculty member, readings, open mics, lectures and master classes.

The conference is offering one Cave Canem fellow an inaugural poetry fellowship. 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 poets from their workshop for half-hour manuscript consultations. Fellows also have an opportunity to teach a one-hour master class at Sewanee, and are provided a $500 honorarium. This year’s poetry faculty are Erica Dawson, Mark Jarman, Marilyn Nelson, Carl Phillips, A. E. Stallings and Monica Youn.

Interested applicants must note that they are a Cave Canem fellow in the first sentence of their statement of interest. More details on how to apply can be found here.

The deadline to apply has passed.

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

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