Welcome to VYWC

(Formerly the Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference)

OUR CONFERENCE VENUE HAS MOVED AND EXPANDED! This year, we will be offering three separate residential weekends for emerging writers on Summer’s Gale Farm in Leicester, Vermont—formerly the Walter Cerf Homestead. Originally founded as an environmental learning center, Summer’s Gale Farm abuts the Green Mountain National Forest and includes one hundred acres of organic gardens, fields, & woodlands in the lake district of Addison County.

Our 2020 agri-literary conferences will take place on May 28-31, June 25-28, and July 23-26, 2020. Each session will be limited to forty-eight participants, and students may apply via the Submittable platform on our Application & Fees page.

Now in our twentieth year, VYWC’s doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion & extended friendship on our agrarian campus. This year, for the first time, we will also offer hands-on tutorials on sustainable growing practices and environmental stewardship.

Participate in over ten hours of intensive fiction, poetry, songwriting, creative nonfiction, and script writing workshops; exchange and critique manuscripts; attend faculty readings; and meet one-on-one with your workshop leader. Journal in the woods grove and get your hands dirty in the garden. As Gandhi suggested: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”