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Welcome Sewanee School of Letters students! 

The 2015 School of Letters session is scheduled for June 7 - July 17. Information for that session will be posted in beginning in January.

We've listed some useful information on this page to help you prepare for the summer 2014 session. We welcome questions by phone or email, so please do not hesitate to contact us. 

New and returning students will be contacted by email by the School of Letters office with information about courses, housing, meals, required forms, policies, and pre-registration. 2014 students should have received information about formal registration, opening day schedule, and class schedules by individual email. 

Students may pick up orientation packets on Sunday, June 8 at Gailor Hall from 2 - 4 pm. Dorms and Apartments will open on Sunday, June 8 at 2 pm. There will be an opening dinner Sunday evening at 6 pm at Convocation Hall.

The first day of classes is Monday, June 9 and the last day of classes is Thursday, July 17. 

Dorms, houses, and apartments close on Friday, July 18 at 3 pm. 



Pre-registration form

Housing Form

Health Form

2014 Book List

2014 Catalog

Summer Hours

Orientation Information

2014 Schedule of Classes

2014 Class Schedule with Classrooms

2014 Parking Map

Courses and Registration

The course offerings are listed below, and you can read about the courses in more detail on the Course Listing Page

2014 Course Listing

English 502, Bible as Literature. Jenn Lewin.
English 507, The Craft of Poetry. Charles Martin.
English 553, The Romance of Arthur. Mark Rasmussen.
English 592, The Contemporary Short Story. David Huddle.
English 594, Literature of the American South. John Grammer.
English 598, Forms of Fiction. Michael Griffith.
English 509, Workshop in Poetry Writing. Andrew Hudgins.
English 510, Workshop in Fiction Writing. Michael Griffith or Adrianne Harun.
English 512, Workshop in Nonfiction Writing. Neil Shea. 

If you are a returning student and you have not received a pre-registration form (pdf above), please fill out one and submit it by mail or email. Call us if you plan to return to Sewanee and have not received private email communication from the School of Letters Office by February 10. 

Information about electronic class registration will be posted here soon. 

Tuition and Fees

One Course
Tuition  $2,459
Fees  $166
Total  $2,625

Two Courses
Tuition  $4,918
Fees  $166
Total  $5,084

Three Courses
Tuition  $7,377
Fees  $166
Total  $7,543 

There is a $70 keycard deposit for dorm rooms or University apartments that will be returned when keycards or keys are turned in, so please bring a check for $70 to opening registration. Apartment or house key deposits will be $100.

Health Forms

All students must fill out a health form (pdf above). You may fill this out and email it, or print it and mail it to our office. Students who do not fill out a health form will not be able to register. 


HUMPHREYS DORM Rates for dorm rooms at Humphreys Dorm will be $899 for the six weeks per person. The dorm will open at 2 pm on Sunday, June 8 and close at 3 pm on Friday, July 18. There is a $70 key and card deposit that will be returned when keys and cards are turned in, so please bring a check for $70 to opening registration. 

The living spaces in Humphreys Hall are arranged in suites.  A few are suites of five and six single bedrooms with one living room and two baths.  In most cases, however, suites comprise two double bedrooms connected by a shared bathroom.  Though these bedrooms have two twin beds, we assign them as singles.  Each also has adjoining study space.  With either type of suite, then, graduate students do not have to share sleeping space with a roommate.  Humphreys Hall is air-conditioned.  The twin beds are standard size.  You will need to provide your own linens and towels, but the maintenance staff will clean the bathrooms periodically.  Laundry facilities on the premises are free for dorm residents. Most students will occupy second- or third-floor rooms, and Humphreys Hall is equipped with an elevator.  We can, however, arrange a room on the ground floor for any student whose medical condition requires it.

*Children under the age of 18 are not allowed inside dorms. Please be aware that smoking is not allowed in any University buildings. Pets are not allowed in University housing. This includes chickens.*

UNIVERSITY APARTMENTS Rates for University Apartments/Houses will be $1070 for the six weeks. There will be a one-time $50 roommate surcharge for shared spaces. Apartments will also open at 2 pm on Sunday, June 8 and close at 3 pm on Friday, July 18. Key replacement will be $100 for all apartment and house keys. Please bring a key deposit check for this amount to registration. We will hold it until checkout. 

OFF-CAMPUS Please fill out a Housing Form and let us know your contact information for your off-campus address if you do not choose University Housing. 

RIVENDELL WRITERS' COLONY Rooms are available by application at Rivendell Writer's Colony. Rivendell provides a quiet, studious atmosphere in a beautiful setting overlooking Lost Cove. Single and Double rooms are available at a rate of $1200 per room for the School of Letters term. (So, $1200 for a single, and $600 each for a double.) Students must apply though Rivendell. Read more about this new opportunity here. Contact our office for details on applying.


Current parking regulations can be found at

Students may park in Humphreys Dorm or the Alabama Avenue (student) parking lots. You will not need stickers for these lots. There is also limited visitor parking behind the library. Anyone with limited mobility may register with the police department for a special parking sticker. Contact our office for details. The Gailor parking lot is reserved for faculty and staff only. Vehicles parked in the Gailor lot that do not have a faculty or employee sticker will be ticketed until 4 p.m.

2014 Parking Map



McClurg Dining Hall will be open daily for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Hours are: Breakfast 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM, Lunch 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM and Dinner 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The cost to eat in McClurg is $7.00 for Breakfast, $9.50 for Lunch and Dinner. You must show your Sewanee student identification card or full rates will apply. 

2013 Catalog

The 2013 Catalog is posted above under FORMS. The 2014 will be included in your orientation packet.

2014 Class Schedule

Once classrooms are assigned, the full 2014 schedule will be posted. For times, you may read the class schedule here.

2014 Reading List 

2014 Booklist to Date:


ENGL 502

Bible as Literature

Jennifer Lewin

Hamlin, Hannibal, ed. The King James Bible after Four Hundred Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences 978-0521768276 (paperback!)

The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics) 978-0199535941 Paperback

Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative (second--revised and updated!--edition only: 978-0465022557)


ENGL 507

The Craft of Poetry

Charles Martin

Elizabeth Bishop's Poems (FSG, edited by Saskia Hamilton)

Donald Justice's Collected Poems (Knopf, 2004)

Naomi Replansky, Collected Poems (Black Sparrow/David R. Godine, 2011)

In addition to the poets listed above, we’ll be reading in two books of criticism:
Michael Theune, ed., Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns (Teachers & Writers’ Collaborative, 2007)

Note that ‘structure’ as Theune and the other poet/essayists use it, is not synonymous with ‘form’ or ‘poetic form’. Once you read Theune’s introduction, you will probably want to read at least some of the essays on the different types of structure he and his writers identify.

Theune’s work has generated some very interesting websites devoted to the discussion of poetic structures. You might wish to have a look at his Structure & Surprise/Engaging Poetic Turns and Kim Addonizio’s Voltage Poetry.

As acknowledged, some of the ideas in Theune’s book comes from Ellen Bryant Voight’s The Flexible Lyric. It will be useful for you to have read at least the title essay of that volume:

Ellen Bryant Voight, The Flexible Lyric (University of Georgia Press, 1999)


ENGL 553

The Romance of Arthur

Mark Rasmussen

James Wilhelm, ed., The Romance of Arthur, third edition, Routledge (ISBN 978-0415782890)

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, ed. Helen Cooper, Oxford (ISBN 978-0199537341 )

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King, Penguin (ISBN 978-0140422535)

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Modern Library (ISBN 978-0375757808)

Bernard Malamud, The Natural, Farrar Straus & Giroux (ISBN 978-0-374-50200-3)

If this edition of Twain's Connecticut Yankee is out of print.  An acceptable (but more expensive) edition is: Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, University of California (ISBN 978-0520268166). It is important to obtain one of these two editions, as they contain the original illustrations for the novel.  Twain thought of his work with the illustrator, Daniel Beard, as a collaboration.


ENGL 592

The Contemporary Short Story

David Huddle

(listed in order for reading for the course)

Edward P. Jones, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, Amistad, 978-0060557577

Greg Bottoms, Fight Scenes, Counterpoint, 978-1593761295

George Saunders, Tenth of December, Random House Trade Paperback, 978-0812984255

Rebecca Lee, Bobcat, Algonquin Paperback, 978-1616201739

Lydia Peelle, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, Harper Perennial, 978-0061724732

Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge, Random House Trade Papers, Reprint Edition, 978-0812971835 

Jess Walter, We Live in Water, Harper Perennial, 978-0061926624

Lorrie Moore, Bark, Knopf, 978-0307594136

Jamie Quatro, I Want to Show You More, Grove Press, 978-0802122230

Anthony Doerr, Memory Wall, Scribner, 9781439182840


ENGL 594

Literature of the American South

John Grammer

Required texts:

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs

Penguin Classics

ISBN-10: 0140437959

ISBN-13: 978-0140437959


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Bedford/St. Martin's

ISBN-10: 0312400292

ISBN-13: 978-0312400293


Go Down, Moses, William Faulkner


ISBN-10: 0679732179

ISBN-13: 978-0679732174


Delta Wedding, Eudora Welty

Mariner Books; 1st Harvest/HBJ

ISBN-10: 0156252805

ISBN-13: 978-0156252805


The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest Gaines


ISBN-10: 0553263579

ISBN-13: 978-0553263572


Yazoo: Integration in a Deep Southern Town, Willie Morris

University of Arkansas Press

ISBN-10: 1557289832

ISBN-13: 978-1557289834


ENGL 598

Forms of Fiction, The Tyranny of Plot: Thirteen(ish) Ways of Engaging a Reader

Michael Griffith

Students are asked to read one long but wonderful book, Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend, before they come to the mountain.

In class we’ll read a total of eight short novels that do something interesting with plot (or its “absence”):

Time’s Arrow, Martin Amis

Dog of the South, Charles Portis

Desperate Characters, Paula Fox

Hell, Kathryn Davis

The Driftless Area, Tom Drury

The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker

The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh

Students will choose the last novel based on a list provided.  Note that these novels are short, with the spectacular exception of the Dickens: They range from 140-250 pages.

Some essays and definitions/taxonomies of plot and narrative, starting with Aristotle’s, will be provided in class. 




ENGL 509

Poetry Workshop

Andrew Hudgins

Contemporary American Poetry, Poulan and Waters. 8th ed. 

The Art of the Poetic Line, James Longenbach

Poetic Meter and Poetic Form, Paul Fussell



Fiction Workshop

Michael Griffith

O. Henry Prize Stories, 2013, Laura Furman, editor

Cincinnati Review (issue 10.2) — available in the University Bookstore the first day of classes.

Curious Attractions, Debra Spark


Recommended but not required:

The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, Ben Marcus, editor. 



Fiction Workshop

Adrianne Harun

Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson

Little Kingdoms, Steven Millhauser

Go With Me, Castle Freeman

William Trevor: The Collected Stories, William Trevor ISBN: 978-0140232455

[Note: We will be reading only a handful of stories from the Trevor collection, to be assigned during the residency, but students should feel free to begin browsing in this monumental volume.]


Suggested -- i.e., writing guides you might find useful to own but aren't strictly necessary for the workshop:

Narrative Design, Madison Smartt Bell

The Art of Subtext, Charles Baxter

The Art of Time, Joan Silber

Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose

Burning Down the House, Charles Baxter

The Art of Fiction, David Lodge


ENGL 512

Nonfiction Workshop

Neil Shea

Oracle Bones, by Peter Hessler

Fire Season, by Philip Connors

The Best American Essays 2013, edited by Cheryl Strayed. 


2014 Guest Readings and Lectures

Guest Readings and Lectures are usually each Wednesday at 4:30 pm for the duration of the program. Summer guests will be announced soon.