You will need to assemble a variety of application pieces prior to starting your application. The application will not save your information so everything must be submitted simultaneously.
Here’s what we need:
A statement of purpose: Your statement should be approximately 250 – 750 words and should describe your reading and writing life, how attendance at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference will contribute to it, and how you believe you can contribute both to the small workshop and to the overall conference. Make sure to upload your statement as either a word document or a PDF. Please put your full name at the top of your Statement of Purpose.
Samples of your writing: one or two short stories, a piece or two of creative nonfiction, multiple poems, a play, or a chapter of a novel. We are looking for about 8 to 10 pages of creative writing. While it is permissible to submit fanfiction, which we know is a fun and popular way to learn to write and express oneself, applicants must submit other samples as well to help us in the evaluation process.
If you are interested in more than one genre, please send samples (if you have them) of all applicable forms of writing. We welcome students to try a genre with which they may have no experience; this is particularly true for playwriting.
A teacher recommendation: Your recommendation should come from an English teacher, other instructor or counselor who knows you and your writing. Please give your instructor or counselor ample time (3 or more weeks) to write your recommendation.
On your application, you will need to provide us with some general information about your recommender: name, school title, phone number, and email address.
Once your application is officially submitted, your recommender will receive an email with a link to the SYWC Recommendation Page.
Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference uses an application form through SLATE Technolutions. This application cannot be saved, so you will want to make sure all of your information is readily available while you are applying.
SYWC’s application is available here. Official review of applications begins on Friday, February 22, 2019. You will want to encourage your recommender to submit your recommendation as soon as possible. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and continue until all the workshops are full.
Step 1: Apply with all materials and ask your teacher or counselor to write a recommendation for you prior to submission.
Step 2: It is your job to confirm that your teacher or counselor received the recommendation form via email. If not, please suggest he or she check "Spam" or "Junk," where messages from unknown addresses sometimes end up. The email will have the subject line Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference Recommendation. We prefer that your teacher use the recommendation email, because it links directly to your application, but if that proves impossible, accessing the recommendation form here is also fine.
Step 3: If you have checked on your application that you will be requesting financial assistance to pay for the program, please review the financial aid application here.
For questions or concerns about the application process, please feel free to email email@example.com or call (931) 598-1541.
The cost of attending the 2019 Sewanee Young Writers' Conference is $2400. This fee includes tuition, room, and board. Transportation to and from the Nashville airport is available at an additional fee of $150. There is no application fee.
The SYWC, a tuition-driven program, is only able to offer limited financial aid for a few families who cannot afford the full cost of the program. If you are seeking financial assistance, you will need to fill out a financial aid application. The financial aid application covers a variety of questions that allow you to articulate your family's need for support to pay for the program.