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Bright Stars, THE VERMONT YOUNG WRITERS' 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. Our 2020 agri-literary conferences will take place on May 28-31, June 25-28, and July 23-26, 2020, and each session will be limited to forty-eight participants. Students may apply via the Submittable platform on our website.

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. And this year, for the first time, our programming will include 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.”

The APPLICATION DEADLINE of March 26 is fast approaching and the blue lights are flashing. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please visit our website:

Warm Regards,

Jim Ellefson & Lesley Wright, Co-directors (802) 247-5920

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