University of Mississippi

Longleaf Conference

Longleaf Writers Conference 

Each year two University of Mississippi MFA students (one fiction, one poetry) will be selected to attend the Longleaf Writers Conference with a full tuition waiver and housing as part of the U.M. Longleaf Scholars program. This is an exclusive arrangement available only to U.M. MFA students in partnership with the LWC.

The Longleaf Writers Conference, held each May in the beach town of Seaside, Florida, is week-long conference with workshops, craft classes, headliner authors, multiple readings, agent/editor talks and consultations, and social activities. The dates for the 2018 conference are May 13-20.

Our Visiting Writers for 2018 are Jill McCorkle and Tom Franklin.  Faculty includes Jennine Capo-Crucet (fiction), Van Khanna (poetry), Beth Anne Fennelly (creative non-fiction), and Matt Bondurant (fiction). Special Guests included literary agent Annie Hwang of Folio, Editor Sara Weiss of Random House, and Eliza Borne, editor of the Oxford American magazine.

The full lineup of our 2018 faculty, special guests, fellows, and scholars can be found on the conference webpage via these links:

Come join U.M. at the beach!

The 2018 University of Mississippi Longleaf Scholars

Samyak Shertok – University of Mississippi Scholar in Poetry

Samyak Shertok studies poetry at the University of Mississippi. His honors include the Bondurant Prize in Poetry, Grand Prize in Three-Minute Thesis Competition at Ole Miss, a Northern Greece International Fellowship, Carrol Essay Prize, the Bubba in Creative Non-fiction, Mayhew Short Story Prize, Writing Nepal: A Short Story Prize, and a Best New Poets nomination. His poetry and prose appear in House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing About Nepal, The Kathmandu Post, La.lit, and elsewhere.


Linda Masi – University of Mississippi Scholar in Fiction

Linda Masi is a writer from Nigeria.  She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the MFA in Fiction program at the University of Mississippi. Some of her works have been anthologized and others published in journals such as Blackberry: A magazine, The Sunday Tide, Spoken Stories, and Levure Litteraire, Her play, The Price of Peace (2010), and book of poems, The Talking Drum Hums (2013), were recommended by the Rivers State Ministry of Education, Nigeria, as literature texts for the 2015 – 2018 Junior Secondary School Curriculum. She is also the author of a children fantasy adventure fiction series, The Kagim Chronicles. (Lantern Books, 2016).