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10th Annual Bread Loaf in Sicily

Erice street
photo credits: Thomas Carrigan and Jason Lamb   

The 10th annual Bread Loaf in Sicily conference offers intensive, six-person workshops focused on the craft of writing. Held in Erice, an ancient, hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily, the seven-day conference offers inspired community for those who enjoy travel and those living abroad. 


Sunday, September 20—Saturday, September 26. The conference will take place in Erice, Sicily.


The workshops will meet four times (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and will be supplemented with individual conferences. Faculty will give a reading and offer a craft class or lecture for all members of the conference.  Workshop participants are invited to share their work in an evening reading for Bread Loafers.

To get a feel for what to expect during the session see this sample schedule from the 2019 conference. In addition to the workshops, classes, and readings listed, faculty schedule an individual meeting with each contributor to take place during the session. The manuscript packet of student writing is made available to each workshop group in the weeks leading up to the session in order to allow faculty and participants the time needed to read and prepare before the start of the intensive session.

The fee (contributor, $3,365; auditor, $3,100) includes the conference program, transfer to and from Palermo Airport, six nights of lodging, three meals daily (except for Wednesday), wine reception at the readings, and an excursion to the ancient ruins of Segesta. Accommodations are single rooms with private bath. Breakfast and lunch are served at the hotel and dinner is available at select Erice restaurants. A double room is possible for those who would like to be accompanied by a spouse or significant other. The charge for the additional person is $1,955.

The conference is held at the Hotel Villa San Giovanni, which offers modest but very comfortable accommodations and a breathtaking view of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Sicilian countryside. A walled medieval town of narrow, winding, cobblestone streets, Erice’s compact size makes it easy to walk from the conference hotel to restaurants, cafés, and shops, and to explore its beautifully restored churches, Norman-era castle, and ancient walls.


Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences create diverse and inclusive communities that give voice to writers of all ages and experience.  The conferences are not retreats where writers work in solitude, but instead places where writers of all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers—unpublished and published—come together to test their assumptions regarding literature and to seek advice about their progress as writers.  Built on a long history of gathering writers from all over the United States, and now from outside of the U.S. as well, to live and learn together during the intensive 7 days, Bread Loaf fosters communities where open-mindedness, respect, and appreciation are truly valued and where each person can thrive and benefit from their time at the conference.


The faculty includes poets Rick Barot and Sally Keith; fiction writers Ru Freeman and Helen Schulman; and nonfiction writer Ann Hood.

Click here for a list of faculty biographies.


You may apply to Bread Loaf in Sicily as a contributor (with a manuscript) or an auditor (without a manuscript). A $20 application fee is due at the time of submission.


See the BL Sicily pages for more details: Faculty & Guests, Application & Acceptance, Lodging & Logistics, and Fees & Deadlines.


Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences
204 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802-443-5286
Fax: 802-443-2087