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Sewanee School of Letters

Contact Information

735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383

P: 931.598.1636
E: [email protected]

Degree Type


Application Deadline

Applications are accepted beginning in late January


The purpose of the Sewanee School of Letters is to provide a Master’s program of the best quality, in English and in Creative Writing, to students who have only summers to devote to study. The faculty consists both of Sewanee professors, from English and allied departments, and distinguished faculty from other campuses. Courses are rigorous, but the atmosphere intimate and friendly. Each entering class will number around 25 and total enrollment will never be much more than 100.

Completion of the MFA in Creative Writing requires ten course credits. Eight of these credits will be earned through course work: four writing workshops (in poetry, fiction or nonfiction) and four classes in literary criticism and history, which should come from at least two national traditions and cover several literary periods. This course work may be completed in four summer sessions. MFA students will earn their final two credits by submitting a thesis, a manuscript of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Students at the thesis-level may do their work at home, corresponding with their thesis advisors.

MFA faculty include Danny Anderson, Chris Bachelder, Michael Griffith, Adrianne Harun, David Huddle, Andrew Hudgins, Holly Goddard Jones, Charles Martin, Karen McElmurray, Erin McGraw, Sam Pickering, Neil Shea, Ellen Slezak, John Jeremiah Sullivan and Diane Thiel.

The School of Letters sessions are approximately six weeks long, running from early June to mid-July. Typically students enroll in two classes per summer. The 2015 session will run June 7 – July 17.

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