(Formerly the Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference)
First, please know we are thinking of you as this pandemic washes over—trusting that you’re taking good care of yourselves & loved ones. And while the skies are lowering, please allow us to remind you of your badger nature: deep-digging, ferocious, endlessly adaptable.
In light of that, and in honor of the stories building in each of you, we have decided the 2020 Vermont Young Writers’ Conference must go on. However, instead of three in-person conferences, this summer we will offer one VIRTUAL writing conference for high school students from Thursday, June 25, to Sunday, June 28. Going cyber will allow us to expand our workshop offerings, while maintaining our traditional schedule of events. It is our hope that you will emerge from three days of VYWC as enriched, interconnected, & invincible as if we had been circling the fire on Summer’s Gale Farm.
As ever, expect to participate in over ten hours of intensive fiction, poetry, songwriting, creative non-fiction, script writing and filmmaking workshops; exchange and critique manuscripts; attend interactive craft sessions; and meet one-on-one with your workshop leader. In addition to Moth storytelling, poetry slams, & open mic sessions, we will offer agri-tutorials on beekeeping, soil building, & environmental stewardship.
This year, we are offering adult classes as well. Teachers, writerly parents, and other aspiring authors are welcome to join us, and will be assigned to an adult-only workshop.
To accommodate this change, we have extended our application deadline. Students may apply via the Submittable platform on our Application & Fees page. If you have already submitted your application, rest assured the review process is well underway.
Our 2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER is award-winning novelist, Lily King. Lily’s most recent novel, Writers & Lovers, is the New York Times Book Club pick of the Month, an Indie Next List March pick, the Amazon Spotlight of the Month, and number eight on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Her 2014 novel Euphoria won the Kirkus Award, The New England Book Award, The Maine Fiction Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review and was included in TIME’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014.