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Summer 2018 Writing Studies Courses

Registration begins on February 26, 2018!

Professor Eleanor Stanford

Summer I: May 21 – June 29, 2018 (CRN 20194) Merion Hall #382

ENG 576: Special Topics: Memoir (Area III)

Mondays & Wednesdays 18:30-21:45

Instructor:  Professor Ellie Stanford

In this course, we will read a wide selection of memoirs across historical time periods and life experiences. We will explore various formal and stylistic approaches and ask critical questions about confession and privacy, about what constitutes the sometimes amorphous genre, and why it has become so popular in recent years. Students will get to try their hands at different techniques and exercises. In both student and published work, we will consider the complicated matters of memory, imagination, and questions of emotional and factual truth. We will also explore possible venues for publication, both in print and online, and how to approach the publication process. The course will consist of discussions of reading, writing prompts and exercises, and workshop. This course fulfills Area III.

Dr. Kay Cosgrove

Summer II: July 2 – August 10, 2018 (CRN 20361) Merion Hall #382

ENG 600: Poetry Today (Area I)

Hybrid class – Online/ Wednesdays in person – 18:30-21:45

Instructor:  Dr. Kay Cosgrove

This course will serve as an exploration of the current poetry scene in America, beginning with Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, and reading through the High Modernist period to present day. We will focus in particular on how 20th and 21st century poets seek to define a distinct American poetics through experimental form and narrative structure. We will undertake a close study of the schools and theoretical concepts that define these centuries. Movements covered will include Imagism, the New York School, the Harlem Renaissance, the Neo-Confessional, the Contemporary lyric, and Language Poetry. We will practice our own creative imitations in an effort to understand how to “make it new?” as Ezra Pound suggested the modern American poet ought to do. We will have a ball. This course fulfills Area I.







Sundress Academy for the Arts Now Accepting
Residency Applications for Summer 2018

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is now accepting applications for short-term writers’ and artists’ residencies for our summer residency period, which runs from May 7th to August 12th, 2018. These residencies are designed to give artists time and space to complete their creative projects in a quiet and productive environment.

The SAFTA farmhouse is located on a working farm that rests on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,000 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities


The residency bedrooms are 130 sq. ft. with queen-sized beds, closet, dresser, and desk. There is also a communal kitchen supplied with stove, refrigerator, and microwave plus plenty of cook- and dining-ware. The office and library have two working computers—one Mac, one PC—with access to the Adobe Creative Cloud.  The library contains over 700 books with a particularly large contemporary poetry section and, thanks to The Wardrobe, many recent titles by women and nonbinary writers. The facility also includes a full-size working 19th century full-size letterpress with type, woodworking tools, and a 1930’s drafting table.

Each residency costs $250/week, which includes a room of one’s own, access to our communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet and cable.

For the summer residency period, SAFTA will be offering the following scholarships: one full and one 50% scholarship for writers and artists of color. For either of the two writer/artist of color fellowships, the application fee will be waived for those who demonstrate financial need. Please state this in your application under the financial need section.

Partial scholarships are also available to applicants with financial need.

The application deadline for the summer residency period is February 1, 2018.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an artists’ residency on a 45-acre farm in Knoxville, Tennessee, that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers of all genres, visual artists, and more. All are guided by experienced, professional instructors from a variety of creative disciplines who are dedicated to cultivating the arts in East Tennessee.

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