Bread Loaf Bound

Posted on 05 June 2012

This August, I’ll be attending my first ever Bread Loaf conference. Ten days of writing workshops and discussion in Vermont, all while surrounded by lovers of books and words and some fantastic authors. I’ve heard stories about Bread Loaf, friends, and I imagine this is going to be interesting.

When I was in high school, I attended writing workshops for two consecutive summers. One was a weeklong workshop, the other an intensive 5-week, government-funded arts program. I’m imagining Bread Loaf to be something of a grown-up version of those long-ago writing camps, probably with similar amounts of drama and definitely with a lot more alcohol.

Speaking of traveling, I’m currently out of town for a business trip, which means I’ve been too busy to visit most of your blogs. But I’ll be back soon and ready to catch up. In the meantime, if you’ve been to Bread Loaf, perhaps you’d care to share a story with us in the comment section?

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7 responses to Bread Loaf Bound

  • Teri says:

    Yea!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Elissa Field says:

    Laura, I’m really excited for you. I went several years ago, and the insights fed my writing for years afterwards. It can be exhausting as any immersion activity is, but you can pick and choose how much you want to do. The location alone is memorable – I loved a spontaneous hike I went on with a few dozen writers, where we ended up at a lake up the mountainside – and everyone jumped in in their clothes to swim across to an island. Oh, and the literary stuff, too. I learned as much from the brief lectures scattered through the days as from my workshop. I hope it will be a great experience for you!

  • Erika Marks says:

    Oh, what news! Congrats, Laura! As a Mainer, I always considered Breadloaf to be somewhere near to Nirvana. (The name alone always stuck with me.) Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Lyra says:

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear all about it. I know Suzy V. went one year, and she’s so fantastic you should shoot her an e-mail.

    • Teri says:

      That’s right! Suzy would be a great person to ask. The only thing I’ve ever heard that might be useful is that cell service is spotty there. They even have a place they call something like “phone rock” where you actually go out and stand on the rock to get reception.

      As I type this, doesn’t that sound a little heavenly?

      I’m so excited for you, Laura. You’re going to have an incredible time and we’ll get to be at Bread Loaf vicariously through you! (see, it’s really all about us….)

  • Josephine says:

    congrats on bread loaf. what a name, right? makes me what eat.

    have fun traveling. have fun writing. talking about writing. drinking while talking about writing. have fun with it all and share, share, share.

    i want to live vicariously through your blog posts the whole conference through.


  • Catherine says:

    Sounds wonderful! I also look forward to your news. I have to talk at one in Cornwall this summer and I am dreading it. How to sound intelligible and informed??

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