Sydney Blair

Sydney Blair

Sydney Blair
Sydney Blair directed UVA’s Creative Writing Program from 1991 to 1995 and from 2006 to 2009. (Photo courtesy of Creative Writing Program/Lisa Russ Spaar)

The Sydney Hall Blair Fellowship for Creative Writing was created to support women writers of fiction and to honor Sydney Blair, who taught at the University of Virginia up until her untimely death in 2016. Sydney was an English Department fixture for more than thirty years, graduating from the Creative Writing Program with a Master of Fine Arts degree and serving as its director from 1991 to 1995 and again, from 2006 to 2009. Blair is widely credited for helping to guide the program toward its stellar national reputation and for connecting with and guiding students with a keen eye and an open heart.