Beginning in summer 2017, the Sewanee School of Letters will offer MFA workshops in Playwriting and Screenwriting, the two genres to be offered in alternating years. The inaugural workshop will be taught by playwright Arlene Hutton, acclaimed author of the See Rock City, Letters to Sala, and The Three Sisters Brontë among many other works.
Other writers and scholars associated with the program include screenwriter and director Michael Dunaway (6 Love Stories), Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), internationally prominent Shakespeare scholar Ann Jennalie Cook (Making a Match: Courtship in Shakespeare and His Society), and film scholar Mariana Johnson. Each summer the playwriting/screenwriting workshop will be supported by a literature class emphasizing either drama (e.g., classes on Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, or Modern Drama) or film studies. All these courses are open to students specializing in Playwriting and Screenwriting but also to those who wish to sample the genre. (clockwise below: Marianna Johnson, Ann Jennalie Cook, Michael Dunaway, and Lucy Alibar.)