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The 21st annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference will be held from August 8 to August 14 on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier. The conference, designed for writers with graduate degrees or equivalent experience, features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, craft classes, and individual consultations with faculty members. Each workshop is limited to five or six participants. The faculty includes poets Eduardo C. Corral, Kathleen Graber, Patricia Smith, David Wojahn, and Kevin Young; fiction writers Steve Almond, Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Ellen Lesser, and Lee Martin; and creative nonfiction writers Richard McCann, Sue William Silverman, Anthony Swofford, and Joan Wickersham. Tuition is $985 for all workshops except for the poetry manuscript workshop, which is $1,125. The cost for on-campus housing is $370 for a single room, or $200 for a shared room. The full conference meal plan is $208. A nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due upon registration. Scholarships are available; writers submit a five-page writing sample and a letter explaining need. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. E-mail or visit the website for more information.
Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. (802) 828-8835. Ellen Lesser, Director.