Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference

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Montpelier, VT, United States
Event Date: 
August 10, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
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The 25th annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference will be held from August 10 to August 16 on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier. Designed for writers with graduate degrees or equivalent experience, the conference 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 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. Tuition is $995 for all workshops except for the poetry manuscript workshop, which is $1,175. The cost of on-campus housing is $370 for a single room or $200 for a shared room. The full conference meal plan is $230. Scholarships are available; submit a five-page writing sample and a letter explaining need. Applications are 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 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.