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It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they came from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them—with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.
Eudora Welty
One Writer’s Beginnings
A distinctive feature of the Young Writers’ Conference, made possible by our partnership with the famous Sewanee Writers’ Conference, is the impressive lineup of major authors who come to the conference, give a reading, answer students' questions, and often visit morning workshops. Every summer, Sewanee Young Writers engage in exciting conversations with Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and other literary celebrities. And to make sure they have something to talk about, we ask our participants to read a book by each of our visitors before arriving in Sewanee.
When our visitors arrive in the second week, they are greeted by a well-informed audience, prepared to ask good questions and make the most of the opportunity.
To learn more about this year's special guests click on the names below.
Elizabeth Grammer, Director
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