The Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences



DATES: In 2014, the Conference will take place from Wednesday, August 13 to Saturday, August 23. 

The first scheduled event is a welcome and reading at 8:15 PM on August 13, but we ask that Bread Loafers plan to arrive by 5 PM that day.  The last day of the Conference, August 23, is a travel day; Bread Loafers have breakfast that day and plan to leave by noon.

During the Conference, writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are the core of the curriculum. Each faculty member conducts a small workshop, most often of ten contributors, meeting for five two-hour sessions over the course of the Conference. All participants also meet individually with their workshop leader to amplify and refine what was said in the workshop itself.

Faculty give lectures on writerly issues, and one-hour classes on specific aspects of craft. Readings by faculty, guests, and contributors are scheduled in the Little Theater throughout the day and into the night.

We offer many opportunities for you to inform yourself about the world of publishing. Early in the Conference, guest editors and agents give overviews of the industry, describing the functions of agents and literary editors, answering questions, and offering guidelines on how to submit book proposals and full-length manuscripts. You may sign up to meet with an editor or agent in small groups.

Magazine editors, publicists, grant specialists, and other guests offer a range of presentations on topics related to publishing.


The schedule varies, but most days look something like this:

-7:30 a.m. breakfast
-9 a.m. faculty lecture
-10:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. workshops/preparation time (alternating days)
-noon - 1:45 p.m lunch
-2:30-3:30 p.m. craft classes
-4:15 p.m. reading or guest speaker
-5:30 p.m. guest presentation
-6:30 p.m. dinner
-8:15 p.m. reading

Workshop meetings take precedence, but sessions with editors and agents and individual conferences with faculty may be scheduled simultaneously with other activities. With so many tempting options, Bread Loafers sometimes take a few days to realize they have to pace themselves.