Sundress Academy for the Arts

Firefly Farms

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is writers retreat on a 45-acre farm in Knoxville, Tennessee that offers short-term residencies to writers in all genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, screenwriting, academic writing, and more. With two residency rooms and a dry cabin on site, we offer a rotating space for nationally recognized and emerging artists in all literary arts.

SAFTA also hosts the Sundress Workshop Series, a series of creative arts workshops emphasizing composition, revision, and creative development. As part of Sundress Publications, the Sundress Workshop Series provide focused, personalized instruction to writers of all skill levels. Participants are treated to guidance from advanced instructors who help them to not only hone their craft but also find suitable venues for their work.

We are the home to the nationally recognized Sundress Reading Series and the award-winning SAFTA Films. Our organization is committed to fostering relationships with other regional artistic communities and non-profits in order to strengthen relationships and collaboration between artists of all disciplines.

Please note that while we love visitors, if you are looking to tour of the property, please call to schedule an appointment.

Member of the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance