The Bread Loaf Workshop Series brings together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. 

The Bread Loaf Workshop Series is a two-week long session comprised of two separate one-week workshops. During the workshop series participants will 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.


The Bread Loaf Workshop Series will take place from August 8 to 21, 2021. The series is comprised of two separate workshop weeks, and writers can apply to one or both:
Workshops Week 1: August 9, 11, and 13
Workshops Week 2: August 16, 18, and 20

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 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 book publishing world. All workshop participants also enjoy access to the complete Access Bread Loaf Lecture Series in August.

While the individual meeting with the faculty workshop leader will take place during the week of the participant’s scheduled workshop, the agent/editor meetings will be scheduled throughout the two-week period and all workshop participants, whether taking part in the week-one or week-two workshops, will have access to the full two-week August lecture series.


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 week and including the start time of their workshops (times listed are EST). Find out more about faculty and guests.

Faculty teaching during week one:
Reginald Dwayne Betts, 10 a.m.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, 10 a.m.
Jane Brox, 10 a.m.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi, 10 a.m.
Victoria Chang, 6 p.m.
Stacey D’Erasmo, 10 a.m.
Reyna Grande, 6 p.m.
Lauren Groff, 10 a.m.
Margot Livesey, 10 a.m.
Dinaw Mengestu, 10 a.m.
Elizabeth Nunez, 10 a.m.
Carl Phillips, 10 a.m.
Matthew Olzmann, 6 p.m.
Paisley Rekdal, 6 p.m.
Brenda Shaughnessy, 10 a.m.
Craig Morgan Teicher, 6 p.m.
Jess Row, 10 a.m.
Marisa Silver, 6 p.m.
Tiphanie Yanique, 10 a.m.
Paul Yoon, 10 a.m.

Faculty teaching during week two:
Dean Bakopoulos, 6 p.m.
Charles Baxter, 10 a.m.
Jane Brox, 10 a.m.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi, 10 a.m.
Victoria Chang, 6 p.m.
Alexander Chee, 10 a.m.
Peter Ho Davies, 6 p.m.
Vievee Francis, 6 p.m.
Reyna Grande, 6 p.m.
Lauren Groff, 10 a.m.
Jennifer Grotz, 10 a.m.
A. Van Jordan, 10 a.m.
Ana Menéndez, 10 a.m.
Matthew Olzmann, 6 p.m.
Jess Row, 10 a.m.
Brenda Shaughnessy, 10 a.m.
Marisa Silver, 6 p.m.
Craig Morgan Teicher, 6 p.m.
Laura van den Berg, 10 a.m.
Tiphanie Yanique, 10 a.m.

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Workshop Fee and Financial Aid

Workshop Series Week One comprehensive fee: $850.
Workshop Series Week Two comprehensive fee: $850.

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 April 12. The application deadline is April 12 by midnight EST.

Writers choose to apply for a workshop in either Week One or Week Two and apply in Fiction; Poetry, including The Hybrid Poem; Nonfiction; or Writing for the Screen.

Writers interested in applying for both weeks submit a separate application for each week, including the ranked listing of faculty in that genre for the particular week. (In Submittable see the Week One applications and the Week Two applications.)  Applicants may submit the same writing sample with each application, if they wish. Each week will consist of a different applicant pool, which will affect acceptance outcomes for each session.

See Application and Acceptance Information.