2021 Session: June 27 - July 10

*applications for summer 2021 are closed*

check back in the fall for summer 2022!


The University has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to hold the SYWC online again this summer. We cannot host the program on campus in a way that will be safe for our students, faculty, and staff, who often travel long distances to be here. Please see a link below describing the virtual conference, as well as other links describing our acclaimed faculty and the courses offered in addition to fiction, poetry, and playwriting. You may even find the FAQ page helpful, though many of the questions pertain to an in-person program on campus.


Are you currently a high-school student who is passionate about creative writing? Explore this website to learn about our program. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

THIS YEAR, in addition to having workshops in poetry, playwriting, and fiction, we are also offering three specialized courses: (1) Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fabulism: Short Fiction through a Fantastic Lens, (2) Digging Deep: Writing and Discovery in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, and (3) Re-visioning Your Revisions. You may find the course descriptions on the FAQ and Faculty pages, as well as on the application.


Review of our applications begins on Friday, February 19, 2021. We highly encourage you to apply by that date, though we will continue to review applications which arrive later (see our FAQ page). Decisions will be announced in early April. We are indeed accepting current seniors who will graduate in 2021, given the disruption the pandemic has caused for so many talented young writers.

The cost of the program is $1200.

Virtual Program 2021

The details of our virtual program for Summer 2021.

(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions

See the frequently asked questions about the program.


Learn about the history of our program.


Read about the award-winning faculty who work at the conference.

Guest Authors

Read about guest authors attending the conference.


Hear from past participants in our conference.

Apply Here

Apply to the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference.


Link to our online payment portal.