Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Montpelier, Vermont, United States

Aug 11 - Aug 17, 2014


TUITION / COST:$915 for all workshops except $1045 for Poetry Manuscript
We offer partial scholarships to assist qualified writers in attending the Conference. See website for application details.

CONTACT: Ellen Lesser
PHONE: 802-828-8835

The 19th-annual Conference at Vermont College of Fine Arts, home of the acclaimed low-residency MFA in Writing Program, is designed for experienced writers, with graduate degrees or equivalent preparation. We emphasize process and craft through small-group workshops limited to 5 or 6 participants, and pride ourselves on creating a supportive and non-hierarchical writers' community.

Since 1996, Vermont College of Fine Arts has offered a unique summer gathering for postgraduate writers seeking a place to connect and recharge, and boost their process and craft to new levels. At the heart of the Conference is our small-workshop structure. Daily critique groups led by an award-winning faculty and limited to 5 or 6 participants encourage a level of intimacy and intensive focus on each writer's work that year after year leads attendees to rate this their all-time best workshop. Along with Creative Nonfiction/Memoir, Novel and Short Story, we offer workshops in both Poetry and Poetry Manuscript. Each participant has an individual consultation with faculty. The schedule also features readings by faculty and participants, generative writing sessions, craft talks, shared meals and a variety of social events that help galvanize our lively, inclusive community. Visit our website for more details, and contact Ellen Lesser, Conference Director, with any questions.


Featured Writers Include:

Creative Nonfiction: Rigoberto Gonzalez, Sue William Silverman, Anthony Swofford, Joan Wickersham

Novel: Carol Anshaw, Andre Dubus III, Lee Martin

Short Story: Steve Almond, Ellen Lesser

Poetry: Michael Dickman

Poetry Manuscript: Kathleen Graber, Patricia Smith, David Wojahn, Kevin Young


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Vermont, United States

Postgraduate Writers' Conference