Letter from the Director

To students, teachers, writers, past attendees, future attendees, and parents:

In 2013, the New England Young Writers Conference will be in its 30th year. This means that over 5000 promising young writers from all across New England and New York, and more than 500 high school teachers with them, have gathered together on the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College and spent a long weekend together in a wonderful community of like-minded poets, fiction writers, essayists, play writers, and even song lyricists. The list of writers who have led workshops and taught at the conference now numbers almost 100, and it is a very distinguished list of writers indeed!

2014 will mark my twelfth year as director of the conference (after several years teaching at the conference as writer starting in 1992). I have the privilege of working with a very motivated and talented coordinating committee, and have become even more aware in the past seven years of both how talented and how generous is our group of writers who give of their time to lead the workshops. What really makes the conference worthwhile, however, is the group of young writers who come up to walk on the same ground and sit in the same places that Robert Frost once sat. The letters we often receive after the event ends give testimony to how significant the NEYWC is in the lives of many writers, and that in turn gives us motivation to continue to strive for excellence in all aspects, and to continue to look for ways to improve what we already believe to be an outstanding conference. 

Matthew Dickerson, Director
New England Young Writers’ Conference
Bread Loaf Campus, Middlebury College, Vermont

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