Announcement Regarding Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences 2021
In consultation with Middlebury College’s medical experts and senior administration, we have decided not to host in-person conferences this summer on the Bread Loaf campus. However, I’m excited to announce that in their stead, and taking into account the strengths of the online format, we’ve designed a variety of programming for the summer, including our largest ever workshop series and lecture series, some of which will be by application, and some of which will be available for anyone interested in taking part. As always, financial aid will be available, and it is our goal that these programs will dramatically expand access and foster connections for writers across the country and the globe.
The information and workshop applications are available now, and we invite you to read on and to explore the links included below.
Jennifer Grotz, Director
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences
Access to Bread Loaf Lecture Series
Veteran Bread Loaf faculty members are presenting new and original work this summer as a way to provide access to writers and readers across the country and the globe.
Join us online this summer!
The Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences in Photos
A faculty member during the 1976 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Toni Morrison offers a lecture in the Little Theater and later in the conference will read from her book Song of Solomon that will be published the following year. Listen to Toni Morrison read from Song of Solomon in the Little Theater.
Archive of Lectures and Readings
Listen to lectures and readings from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, including the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in August. Recordings from special events are also available including the October 2017 Reunion and the June and August 2020 Dream Loaf conferences.
The 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where writers work in solitude, but instead places where writers of all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers—unpublished and published—come together to test their assumptions regarding literature and seek advice about their progress as writers. 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.
The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences provide a time-tested model of instruction for writers, especially in their early stages, to strengthen their command of literary craft, to examine their assumptions about the art, and to seek advice about works-in-progress.
Immersive learning experiences that take place in both national and international contexts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences bring together diverse and talented communities of writers to take part in workshops, lectures, readings, classes, meetings with professionals in the publishing industry, and other programming aiming to prepare, educate, and inspire.