Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference

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Montpelier, VT, United States
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The 26th annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference was held online from August 9 to August 15. Designed for writers with graduate degrees or equivalent experience, the conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, craft classes, and individual consultations with faculty members. Each workshop was limited to five or six participants. The faculty included poets Chen Chen, Eduardo C. Corral, Kathleen Graber, Tomás Q. Morín, and Patricia Smith; fiction writers Steve Almond, Andre Dubus III, William Giraldi, Ellen Lesser, and Bernice L. McFadden; and creative nonfiction writers Sonja Livingston, Lee Martin, Sue William Silverman, and Clifford Thompson. The tuition for an in-person workshop was $845 except for the poetry manuscript workshop, which was $1,075. Scholarships were available; writers submitedt a five-page writing sample, a personal statement, and a letter explaining need. Applications were accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the website for more information.

Accessibility accommodations include public transportation near the venue, elevator access to all multilevel event spaces, accessible pathways and doorways, accessible housing and restrooms, reserved seating for all events, accessible parking, ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices, and Braille signage. Contact David Markow, vice president for student services, at (802) 828-8535 or for additional accessibility details.

Contact Information

Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. Ellen Lesser, Director.