The Bread Loaf Conferences offer an array of programs that are part of a tradition that has made Bread Loaf one of America's most valuable literary institutions. In addition to the original Writers’ Conference held in Vermont each August, Bread Loaf offers two programs that run concurrently on the Bread Loaf campus in June—Bread Loaf Orion and the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference. And Bread Loaf in Sicily offers writers an intensive conference experience and the opportunity to explore the spectacular island of Sicily.
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
The 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference will be held from August 12 to August 22 in the Green Mountains of Ripton, Vermont. Founded in 1926 and boasting a rich literary and intellectual tradition, the conference gathers together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. Workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are at the core of the conference. 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.
Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference
The 2015 Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference will be held from June 1 to June 7 in Ripton, Vermont. The program, co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Conferences, Orion magazine, and Middlebury College’s Environmental Studies Program, is for writers who are drawn to writing about the environment and the natural world; for those who seek to become better advocates for the environment through their writing; for teachers, scholars, and scientists who wish to write for a more general readership; and for environmental professionals who want to bring better writing skills to bear on their work.
Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference
The 2015 Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference will be held from June 1 to June 7 in Ripton, Vermont. The conference is for literary translators wanting to strengthen their expertise; for foreign language students who want to develop skills in the art of translation; for teachers who want to bring the practice of translation into their classrooms; for writers who want to acquire literary craft via translation and imitation; and for anyone else who would like to participate in the growing community of literary translators.
Bread Loaf in Sicily
The 2015 Bread Loaf in Sicily Conference will be held from September 20 to September 26 in Erice, an ancient, hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily. A smaller, more intimate Bread Loaf, the program features intensive six-person workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction offered by veteran Bread Loaf faculty.