Readings and lectures free and open to the public

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the oldest writers’ conference in the country, will meet Wednesday, Aug. 16 - Sunday, Aug. 27.

Held every summer since 1926 on the college’s Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, the conference remains one of America’s most respected literary institutions. Two weeks of workshops, lectures, classes and readings present writers with rigorous practical and theoretical approaches to their craft, and offer a model of literary instruction. A dynamic setting, the mountain campus has attracted many renowned literary figures such as Robert Frost, Carson McCullers, John Irving, Terry Tempest Williams, Ted Conover and Julia Alvarez.

“Bread Loaf is not a retreat-not a

4:15 p.m.  Readings by Eric Puchner and Ursula Hegi

8:15 p.m.  Readings by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Robert Boswell

Saturday, Aug. 26

4:15 p.m.  Readings by Nicholas Montemarano, Glaydah Namukasa and Jason Schneiderman

8:15 p.m.  Readings by David Baker and Sigrid Nunez

All events are subject to change - members of the public should contact the Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference to confirm days and times. Prior to the first week of the conference, call 802-443-5286; after Aug. 15, call 802-443-2700.