With a rich literary and intellectual tradition, the 95th annual Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference brings together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. 

For ten days in August, you’ll experience the intensity—and challenge—of working under the guidance of notable writers, including MacArthur Fellows, U.S. poets laureate, and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

Our rural and scenic setting amid the Green Mountains on Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus provides an ideal environment for discussing manuscripts, sharing insights, getting to know agents and editors, and becoming acquainted with the next generation of significant writers.

Overview

Workshops are at the core of the conference. Each faculty member conducts a workshop in fiction, poetry, or nonfiction that meets for five two-hour sessions over the course of the 10 days.

  • Groups are limited to ten writers to facilitate discussion.
  • Participants meet individually with their faculty mentors.
  • Faculty offer lectures on literary writing and classes on specific aspects of the craft.
  • You can attend daily readings by the faculty, participants, and guests.
  • All participants meet with visiting editors, literary agents, and publishers.

The 2020 Session

This year’s conference will take place from Wednesday, August 12, to Saturday, August 22. Find out more about dates and fees.

In addition to their literary accomplishments, our faculty has been specifically chosen for their skill at guiding developing writers. Find out more about faculty and guests.

Financial Aid

Thanks to the generous support of Middlebury and to an endowment fund established by past Bread Loafers and other donors, financial aid is available for both published and unpublished writers. Financial need has no bearing on decisions, except as noted.

Apply

Applications are accepted between November 1 and February 15. Notification letters will be sent by email in late May. See Application Information.

What Past Participants Say:

  • “Monica Youn’s lecture on revision basically changed my whole life; for the first time in years I felt like I knew the sort of work I needed to do to finish my manuscript. She covered so much ground, and yet I never felt lost. I left feeling energized and excited to get back to the page.”
    Gabrielle Bates
    Seattle, WA

  • “The diversity panel was amazing. It was great to hear the panelists’ backgrounds, histories, and where they are now in the lit scene and in their own writing journeys.”
    Suhail Mandani
    New York, NY

  • “My meetings with editors and agents were excellent! Even guests with whom I did not have scheduled meetings were happy to chat with me outside their schedules. This is one of the most useful aspects of Bread Loaf, as it is very hard for new writers to meet agents and editors.”
    Madhur Anand
    Guelph, Ontario

  • “The values that were evident: respect for honest and challenging conversation, creativity, kindness…these come from good leadership. You did an amazing job creating a space for excellence and genuine community.”
    Sean Sakamoto
    New York, NY