The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, founded in 1926, is one of the oldest and finest of its kind in the country.

It is the cornerstone to all the Bread Loaf Conferences, which include the Writers’ Conference in Sicily, the Environmental Writers’ Conference, and the Translators’ Conference.

In all the programs, you’ll experience the Bread Loaf model, which includes small-group workshops scheduled among enriching readings and lectures.

Each summer, our faculty members include some of the world’s most notable writers and translators.

Authors discuss writing.


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where writers work in solitude, but instead places where writers of all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers—unpublished and published—come together to test their assumptions regarding literature and seek advice about their progress as writers.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

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2021 Bread Loaf Lecture Series

Veteran Bread Loaf faculty members presented new and original work this summer during the 2021 Bread Loaf Lecture Series.

Access to the recordings is available now. Visit the Bread Loaf Crowdcast page for ticket information and more details.

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.

Our Mission

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.

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

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Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference

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Bread Loaf Translators' Conference

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Bread Loaf in Sicily

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