6th Annual Bread Loaf in Sicily

photo credit: Rolf Yngve

The 6th annual Bread Loaf in Sicily Conference is an intensive seven-day writers' conference held in Erice, an ancient, hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily. Featuring five workshops with six participants in each group, the conference provides a small group of writers with a concentrated and personalized Bread Loaf experience.  

Sunday, September 18—Saturday, September 24. 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.

The fee (contributor, $2,930; auditor, $2,705) 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 $1,750.

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.

The faculty includes poets Elizabeth Spires and C. Dale Young; fiction writers Madison Smartt Bell and Helen Schulman; and nonfiction writer John Elder.

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 $15 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 Conferences
204 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802-443-5286
Fax: 802-443-2087
E-mail: blwc@middlebury.edu