Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien


The 30th annual edition of the Sewanee Writers' Conference began Tuesday on the campus of the University of the South and will continue through July 27.

Fiction author Tim O'Brien opened the annual conference on Tuesday. The event will feature readings, panels and lectures by nationally recognized faculty, editors, publishers and literary agents.

All readings and lectures are free, open to the public, and held in the University of the South’s Mary Sue Cushman Room of the Bairnwick Women’s Center.

Tim O’Brien is the author of seven novels, including “Going After Cacciato,” which received the National Book Award, and “The Things They Carried,” which was named by The New York Times as one of the 20 best books of the last quarter century.

He was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

O’Brien’s novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. His new work of nonfiction, “Dad’s Maybe Book,” will be published in the fall.

This week features readings by fiction writers Christine Schutt, Leah Stewart, Randall Kenan, and Jill McCorkle, poets Charles Martin, Maurice Manning, and Sidney Wade and playwright Naomi Iizuka.

Next week will feature readings by fiction writers Margot Livesey, Bobbie Ann Mason, Steve Yarbrough, Michael Knight, Tony Earley, Alice McDermott and Adrianne Harun, poets B.H. Fairchild, Mark Jarman, Mary Jo Salter, Marilyn Nelson, Wyatt Prunty, Robert Hass and A.E. Stallings and playwright Dan O’Brien.

Editors from the following publishing companies will be available to discuss publishing: 32 Poems, 5E, Algonquin Books, The American Scholar, Blackbird, Copper Canyon Press, Crab Orchard Review, Ecotone, Grand Central Publishing, Grove Atlantic, The Hopkins Review, Kenyon Review, Lookout Books, The Missouri Review, The New Criterion, New Directions, Northwestern University Press, The Paris Review, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, University of Arkansas Press, and The Washington Examiner, as will agents from Georges Borchardt Literary Agency, The Gernert Company, ICM Partners, Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents, and The Wylie Agency.

Agents from Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents and Folio Literary Management will also be in attendance and representatives from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the Agency for the Performing Arts will meet with playwrights.

Authors’ books are available at the University Book and Supply Store on Georgia Avenue in Sewanee.

Supported by the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund established through the estate of the late Tennessee Williams, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference offers instruction and criticism to writers through a series of workshops, readings, and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and playwriting. For more information, call 931-598-1654 or visit sewaneewriters.org.