95th Annual Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

Ingrid Rojas ContrerasMaud Casey and Sara FreemanKevin Young

photo credits: Todd Balfour and Edward Brown

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, founded in 1926 and boasting a rich literary and intellectual tradition, gathers together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. For 10 days in August, conference attendees experience the intensity—and challenge—of working under the guidance of notable writers, including MacArthur Fellows, U.S. poets laureate, and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. The conference’s rural and scenic setting amid the Green Mountains on the Middlebury College Bread Loaf campus provides an ideal environment for discussing manuscripts, sharing insights, getting to know agents and editors, and becoming acquainted with the next generation of significant writers.

PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE

Workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are at the core of the conference. Each faculty member conducts a workshop that meets for five two-hour sessions over the course of the 10 days. Groups are kept small to facilitate discussion, and all participants meet individually with their faculty leaders to elaborate on workshop comments. Faculty members also offer lectures on issues around literary writing and one-hour classes on specific aspects of the craft. Readings by the faculty, conference participants, and guests take place throughout the day and into the night. Participants meet with visiting editors, literary agents, and publishers who provide information and answer questions, individually or in small groups. To get a feel for what to expect during the session see this sample schedule from the 2019 conference.

THE COMMUNITY

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where writers work in solitude, but instead places where writers of all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers—unpublished and published—come together to test their assumptions regarding literature and to seek advice about their progress as writers.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 10 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 on the mountain.

2020 DATES AND LOCATION

Wednesday, August 12 to Saturday, August 22, 2020.  The conference will take place at the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont.

2020 FACULTY AND GUESTS

Bread Loaf Writers’ will feature 20 workshops with ten participants in each group. In addition to their literary accomplishments, each faculty member has been specifically chosen for their skill at guiding developing writers.

WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN APPLY

Writers may apply as a general contributor with a manuscript. Thanks to the generous support of Middlebury College and to an endowment fund established by past Bread Loafers and other donors, several categories of financial aid are available for both published and unpublished writers. Financial aid is merit based and a writing sample is required.

MORE INFORMATION

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

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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