With rich and varied literary and writing courses, this program transforms students into close readers, insightful critics, and superior writers. Students analyze classical, medieval, British, American, Irish, African American, and modern literature; may select from a range of courses in major authors, special topics, or the practice of journalism; and try their hands at composing plays, songs, poems, and short stories under the tutelage of regular professors as well as noted visiting writers.

English majors are immersed in the University’s historic and esteemed literary tradition. Sewanee is home to both the Sewanee Review, the country’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a yearly two-week gathering of writers that has included Pulitzer, Bollingen, and Nobel prize winners.

Upcoming Events

April 2016


Engaging the Community through Writing
April 21, 2016
Engaging the Community through Writing
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Hank Lewis Fiction Reading
April 8, 2016
‚ÄĆAuthor Hank Lewis will read from his fiction on Wednesday, April 13, at 4:30 pm in Gailor Auditorium. A reception will follow in the atrium. Lewis is the spring semester Brown Foundation Fellow at the University of the South, and the reading is sponsored by the English Department, the School of Letters, and the Foundation.
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Kevin Wilson honored as 2017 Hobson Prize recipient at Chowan University
April 5, 2016
Chowan University is pleased to announce that author Kevin Wilson, assistant professor of English at Sewanee, is the recipient of the 2017 Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters.
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