Welcome to the 2021 VYWC

Visit the App & Fees page to apply!

Badger Nation:  

Today is the first day of spring: 19° last night, in the 60s tomorrow. Vermont sugarhouses are at a full boil, maple sap is on a full run, and so are we. First, please know we continue to think of you as this pandemic washes over—trusting that you’re taking good care of yourselves & loved ones. And while we all watch the science, allow us to again remind you, with a blast from our silver horn, that your badger nature is resolute, deep-digging, and ferocious.

In light of that, and in honor of the stories building in each of you, we’re marching forward: the twenty-first Vermont Young Writers’ Conference must go on. This summer we will offer our second VIRTUAL writing extravaganza for high school students from Thursday, June 24, to Sunday, June 27. It is our hope that you will emerge from four days of VYWC as enriched, interconnected, & invincible as if we had been circling the bonfire 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 an agri-tutorial on gardening and environmental stewardship.

We are again offering adult classes. Teachers, writerly parents, and other aspiring authors are welcome to join us, and will be assigned to an adults-only workshop

Students may apply via the Submittable platform on our Application & Fees page.