‌Elizabeth Elkin Grammer, Director

Ladies singing karaoke Elizabeth Grammer, a Teaching Professor of English at the University of the South, founded the Young Writers’ Conference in 1993 and ‚Äčis its full-time director. A graduate of Davidson College, she holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. She is the author of a critically acclaimed scholarly book, Some Wild Visions: Autobiographies by Female Itinerant Evangelists in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2003). Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Arizona QuarterlyThe Journal of Southern HistoryAmerican Historical Review, and The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. She is married to John M. Grammer, also a professor of English, and is the mother of three children.


‌Robie Jackson, Assistant Director (summer)

Robie Jackson is a veteran with over twenty five years of classroom experience, teaching students who ranged in age from five to eighteen. She studied theatre and dance at UT-Knoxville and received her B.S. in education from Belmont College where she received the Outstanding Education Graduate Award. Formerly the Performing Arts Department Chair for the University School of Nashville, she moved to Sewanee six years ago. She is the performing arts coordinator for St. Andrews-Sewanee School (S.A.S.), where she teaches theatre and directs shows, and, for five years, served as a dorm parent. In 2010, Jackson was named Theatre Teacher of the Year, by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2013, she was honored by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Along with her husband and co-director, she took a group of high school actors to Scotland to perform at the largest and most prestigious theatre festival in the world. Having received her M.F.A. (in creative nonfiction) from the Sewanee School of Letters in 2015, Jackson is currently completing her first book entitled “Talk About It Mama.”