The Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Workshop Series is a week-long session designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world. 


The Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Workshop Series will be held from June 6 to June 12, 2021.The Workshop Series features small workshops that meet via Zoom. During the session, workshop participants take part in three two-hour group meetings offered on the Monday, Wednesday, Friday, either at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. EST (see times listed with workshop leader names in the Faculty section below).

Workshops are limited to six participants so that each manuscript receives individual attention and critique. All participants also meet individually with their workshop leader to amplify and refine what is said in the workshop itself. The manuscript packet of student writing is available to each workshop group in the weeks leading up to the session in order to allow time to read and prepare.

In addition to the workshops, meetings with agents and editors take place during the week. Established editors, literary agents, and publishers meet individually with workshop participants to share information on placing work in magazines and navigating the environmental book publishing world. All workshop participants also enjoy access to the complete Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ and Bread Loaf Translators’ Lecture Series.

Participants include writers of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction whose work engages with or advocates for nature and the environment as well as environmental professionals, journalists, and teachers, who would like to explore and strengthen their writing in a literary context.


Our faculty include acclaimed nature and environmental writers working in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In addition to their literary accomplishments, each faculty member has been specifically chosen for their skill at guiding developing writers. Below you will see a list of faculty by workshop genre and including the start time of their workshops (times listed are EST). Find out more about faculty and guests.

Oliver Baez Bendorf, 10 a.m.
Dan Chiasson, 6 p.m.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, 6 p.m.
Amber Flora Thomas, 10 a.m.

Jennine Capó Crucet, 10 a.m.
Robin MacArthur, 10 a.m.
Claire Vaye Watkins, 6 p.m.

Kazim Ali, 10 a.m.
Ted Genoways, 10 a.m.
Pam Houston, 10 a.m.
J. Drew Lanham, 10 a.m.
Emily Raboteau, 10 a.m.
Janisse Ray, 10 a.m.


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Workshop Fee and Financial Aid

The comprehensive fee for the Workshop Series is $750.

Thanks to the generous support of Middlebury and to an endowment fund established by past Bread Loafers and other donors, financial aid is available.

Bread Loaf would also like to thank The Rona Jaffe Foundation for its support of the Virtual Workshop Series.


Applications are accepted between February 15 and March 19. The application deadline is March 19 by midnight EST.

Applicants choose to apply for a workshop in Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction. See Application and Acceptance Information.