The central location for the Bread Loaf School of English is the campus located approximately 12 miles outside Middlebury, in sight of Bread Loaf Mountain in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Each year, approximately 250 students come from all regions of the United States and from other countries to take courses in creative writing, the teaching of writing, and theater arts, as well as in British, American, and world literature.
See aerial footage of the Vermont campus in the fall.
Theater in Vermont
The Vermont campus is home base for the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble, whose members bring texts to life in a number of classes and, along with actors drawn from the student body, appear in theatrical productions throughout the summer.
The facilities of the Middlebury College Libraryin Vermont, which include the Abernethy Collection of Americana and the Robert Frost Room, are available to Bread Loaf students. The Davison Memorial Library at Bread Loaf contains definitive editions, reference books, and reserve shelves for special course assignments.
Dormitory housing is available for students without families; most student rooms are doubles. Cabins, houses, and camps in the mountain communities surrounding Bread Loaf are available for students with families. Securing off-campus housing is the responsibility of the student. Meals for on-campus students are served in the Bread Loaf Inn; off-campus students may pay for individual meals in the Inn. The School contracts the services of a local day care center to provide a child-care program for children of students, faculty, and staff.
Location and Activities
For those who enjoy outdoor life, Bread Loaf/Vermont is ideally located at the edge of the Green Mountain National Forest. A junction with the Long Trail, which winds along the summit of the Green Mountains and extends from southern Vermont to the Canadian border, is a short hike from the School. A picnic at the nearby Robert Frost Farm and a tour of the Frost Cabin are popular Bread Loaf traditions, as are dances in the Bread Loaf Barn. The extensive campus and nearby lakes and rivers offer many opportunities for recreation. A softball and soccer playing field and tennis and volleyball courts are available. Running and hiking trails are everywhere.
Middlebury College Facilities and Events
Bread Loaf students are also Middlebury students and they have access to many of the facilities on the main Middlebury campus, 11 miles away. These include the Ralph Myher golf course and the Memorial Field House, which houses a fully-equipped fitness center, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, four indoor tennis courts, squash and basket ball courts, and a locker room. Bread Loaf students also enjoy trips to Middlebury's Center for the Arts, which serves as a hub of arts activity on campus and for the surrounding communities, and is home to the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the black-box style Seeler Studio Theatre, the Dance Studio, and the Concert Hall, as well as classrooms and music practice rooms.
Bread Loaf students are also welcome to attend a variety of events sponsored by the Middlebury College summer Language Schools, which run concurrently with the Bread Loaf session. Each summer a number of films, plays, readings, and concerts are open to the public.
Questions about the Vermont campus?
Contact Elaine Lathrop in the Bread Loaf office (firstname.lastname@example.org; 802-443-5360).
View a slideshow of some of the major landmarks of the Bread Loaf campus.