The Aha! Moment: Cara Blue Adams of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Michael Bourne

Each year, countless writers vie for the prestigious “waitership” position at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Former waiter and current reader Cara Blue Adams discusses her response to the short story “1997” by Mai Nardone, one of the 558 writers who applied for the coveted position last year.

Free Retreats, Fairs, and Festivals: Inspiring Getaways for Writers on a Budget

Whether it’s a daylong festival, a weekend conference, or a four-week residency, there are countless options for writers looking for a retreat. We rounded up more than eighty free conferences, residencies, and festivals across the country so that you can find the literary getaway that’s right for you—at little to no cost.

The Stanley Hotel

Founded in 1903 and known for its architecture, the Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining and is often considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. A 140-room neo-Georgian hotel extending over 7,500 square feet, the Stanley is located near Rocky Mountain National Park and features panoramic mountain views. It also offers free entertainment in the summer in addition to year-round activities such as hiking, climbing, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife watching, and shopping.



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