“There’s this sense that you have left the world behind when you drive up the mountain. Sewanee is legendary for a reason—it’s designed for those moments of inspiration.” - Hannah, L'11

Student Opportunities

Students at the School of Letters have a wealth of opportunities they can take advantage of during their summers with us. Our extracurricular programming brings the world of writers and thinkers to students in an environment where they can develop personal connections with emerging and establishing voices. Our visitors don't just speak to our students from behind a podium; they are excited to get to know them and their work.

Reading and Lecture Series

Each week during the summer, we host a series of lectures and readings from faculty and guest speakers. These talks are a chance for students to experience first-hand how scholars and writers are pushing the boundaries of their fields, and they allow our students to interact with some of the most innovative voices in contemporary arts and letters.

John Grammer Fellowship

Thanks to the generosity of the Blake & Bailey Family Fund, every summer we invite an outstanding writer to campus for an extended stay during the summer session. These unique guests share their work with our students through readings and workshops, they often sit in on classes and workshop sessions, and they offer mentoring and guidance to our students.

American Shakespeare Center

Sewanee is proud to partner with the American Shakespeare Center as a charter member of their Leadership Consortium. Students are invited to participate in special workshops and classes with the actors in residency with us during the summer, giving them unique access to how texts and performance inform one another onstage and off.

Writers Read

Giving our students space to present their work is an essential part of the experience at the School of Letters. All of our students are invited to participate in a reading of their creative work or their critical prose, with guidance and mentoring from our faculty advisors. The readings are open to the public, and a celebration of the exceptional work students produce during the summer term.

Our Literary Landscape

Sewanee has long been dedicated to literary study and artistic expression; a commitment to arts and letters has been an important part of our character from the beginning. We are home to a literary tradition that is both longstanding and forward-looking, and students at the School of Letters have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this tradition.