Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

Ripton, Vermont, United States

Aug 17 - Aug 27, 2022


TUITION / COST:Application fee, $20; Tuition, room, and board, $3,810
The Conference is able to offer several categories of financial aid, including fellowships, scholarships, and contributor awards.

PHONE: 802-443-5286

The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference is a 10-day program that takes place in Vermont in mid to late August.

The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, founded in 1926 and home to a rich literary and intellectual tradition, gathers together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. For ten days in August, conference attendees 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 conference’s rural and scenic setting amid the Green Mountains on the Middlebury College 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.

Workshops in nonfiction, poetry, and fiction are at the core of the conference. Each faculty member conducts a workshop that meets for five two-hour sessions over the course of the ten days. Groups are kept small to facilitate discussion, and all participants meet individually with their faculty leaders to elaborate on workshop comments. Faculty members also offer lectures on issues around literary writing and one-hour classes on specific aspects of the craft. Readings by the faculty, conference participants, and guests take place throughout the day and into the night. Participants meet with visiting editors, literary agents, and publishers who provide information and answer questions, individually or in small groups.


Featured Writers Include:

The 2022 faculty includes creative nonfiction writers Melissa Febos, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Paul Lisicky; poets Gabrielle Calvocoressi, francine j. harris, Ilya Kaminsky, Carl Phillips, Brenda Shaughnessy, Craig Morgan Teicher, and Mark Wunderlich; and fiction writers Dean Bakopoulos, Charles Baxter, Alexander Chee, Stacey D’Erasmo, Laila Lalami, Rebecca Makkai, Elizabeth Nunez, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, and Marisa Silver.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Bread Loaf Campus
Middlebury College
Vermont, United States

Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences