Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference

Posted 2.4.10

Montpelier, VT
Event Date: 
January 1, 2099

The 20th annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference was held from August 10 to August 16 on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier. The conference, designed for writers with graduate degrees or equivalent experience, offered 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 Rigoberto González, Kathleen Graber, A. Van Jordan, Jamaal May, and Patricia Smith; fiction writers Andre Dubus III, David Jauss, Ellen Lesser, Lee Martin, Pamela Painter, and Xu Xi; and creative nonfiction writers Richard McCann, Brenda Miller, Sue William Silverman, and Anthony Swofford. Tuition was $960 for all workshops except for the poetry manuscript workshop, which was $1,095. The cost for on-campus housing was $350 for a single room, or $190 for a shared room. The full conference meal plan was $195. A nonrefundable deposit of $200 was due upon registration. Scholarships were available; writers submitted a five-page writing sample and a letter explaining need. Applications were accepted on a rolling basis. E-mail or visit the website for more information.

Contact Information: 

Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. (802) 828-8835. Ellen Lesser, Director.