Dear Writers’ Conference Participant,

We’re glad you’re coming and look forward to working with you!

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.

We hope the following information will be helpful as you prepare for your session. You will also find details below regarding the materials we’ll need in order to prepare for the session.

In the months and weeks leading up to the session, we will post updates and information to this web page. We will send emails to let you know when new information is available and to keep you informed of upcoming deadlines as we make our way toward the session.

Thank you for taking a close look at the information noted here and submitting the materials requested. If you think of any questions, please let us know.

Noreen Cargill, Administrative Director
Jason Lamb, Coordinator

Acceptance Materials

Please use the following information and links to complete acceptance materials by the due dates noted:

  • Confirmation Form: Please fill out and return the confirmation form via fax (802-443-2087) or regular mail by Monday, June 3—or the date noted in your notification letter.
  • Payment and Cancellation: Please review the payment schedule and cancellation policy.
  • Workshop and Directory: Please submit this Workshop and Directory Info by Monday, June 3—or the date noted in your notification letter. You’ll be able to include any food allergies that need special attention and emergency contact information.
  • Travel Information: Review our travel and logistics information, including driving directions, details on how to make shared taxi arrangements to travel from the Burlington Airport to campus, and access to online carpooling for those who would like to share long distance travel with another Bread Loafer, among other details.

Student Accessibility Services 

Middlebury College recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Middlebury College is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities as required by law. Please review our accessibility information and complete the Special Needs Identification Form and specify that you are a participant in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Conference Materials

Please use the following links to access important information about necessary conference materials:

  • Workshop Manuscript: Please submit your manuscript online by Monday, June 24, or by the date noted in your notification letter. (Note: auditors do not submit a manuscript for workshop.) Review important manuscript guidelines.
  • Agent/Editor Meeting: Please complete sign-up form by Thursday, July 11.
  • Workshop Leader Notification: You will receive this information by email on Wednesday, July 10.
  • Bread Loaf Participant Handbook: The participant handbook includes a packing list and information regarding workshops, readings, and facilities, including housing, meals, Wi-Fi access, and cell phone service, among other details.
  • Bread Loaf for Beginners: Created with first-time Bread Loafers in mind, we invite everyone to take a look at this information. We think it will be helpful to read as you prepare for the conference.
  • Student Manuscripts for Workshop: Access will be shared in late July.
  • Workshop Assignment: This information will be sent by email.
  • Photo and Bio Upload: As a way to get to know each other a bit before the start of the conference, please submit a short bio and a photo. Any photo you upload will be edited for size, and both photos and bios can only be accessed by username and password and are for participant use only. 
    • Log In at the upper right corner of the screen
    • Username: BLWC
    • Password: BreadLoafWC
    • One you log on, select Add Yourself

Harassment and Discrimination Prevention 

Middlebury is transitioning to a new training provider and though faculty went through the training over the winter when the former video was available, access to the new Harassment and Discrimination Prevention training will not be ready in time to share it before the conference. We apologize for the change in the plans around this.

As noted in the Bread Loaf Handbook, we ask that participants, faculty, and staff familiarize themselves with the Middlebury and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences policies concerning community health, safety, and responsibility. All are responsible for knowing and understanding the Middlebury and Bread Loaf Policies. Should you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact one of the following Bread Loaf staff members or one of the Middlebury College contacts noted in the policy information linked to above.

Please note that Assistant Director Lauren Francis-Sharma is serving as this year’s Diversity Liaison.