Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Montpelier, Vermont, United States

Aug 8 - Aug 14, 2022


TUITION / COST:$995 for all workshops except $1,175 for Poetry Manuscript
We offer partial scholarships to assist qualified writers in attending the Conference. See webpage for application details.

CONTACT: Ellen Lesser

The 27th 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 craft and process through small-group workshops limited to 5 or 6 participants, and pride ourselves on creating a supportive and welcoming 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 lift their literary practice and life 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 degree of intimacy and intensive focus on each member's work that year after year leads attendees to rate this their all-time best workshop experience. Every participant has an individual consultation with faculty. The full schedule also features readings by faculty and participants, craft talks, generative writing sessions, shared meals and a variety of social events that help galvanize our vibrant, inclusive community. Visit our website for more details, and contact Ellen Lesser, Conference Director, with any questions.


Featured Writers Include:

Creative Nonfiction: William Giraldi, Sue William Silverman, Ira Sukrungruang, Clifford Thompson

Novel: Andre Dubus III, Lee Martin, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Short Story: Steve Almond, Ellen Lesser

Poetry: Tomás Q. Morín

Poetry Manuscript: Rigoberto González, Kathleen Graber, Patricia Smith


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


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

Postgraduate Writers' Conference