Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Montpelier, Vermont, United States

Aug 12 - Aug 18, 2019


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 24th 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, 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 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. 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: Sonja Livingston, Dinty W. Moore, Sue William Silverman, Clifford Thompson

Novel: William Giraldi, Lee Martin, Tiphanie Yanique

Short Story: David Jauss, Ellen Lesser

Poetry: Eduardo C. Corral

Poetry Manuscript: Matthew Dickman, Kathleen Graber, A. Van Jordan, Patricia Smith


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


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

Postgraduate Writers' Conference