The New England Young Writers’ Conference (NEYWC) is a four day writing-focused workshop for high school sophomores and juniors in New England and from around the country.  The long weekend is packed with writing seminars, workshops, readings, and opportunities to meet fellow young writers.

Hosted at the Bread Loaf Campus at Middlebury College, students will work with real writers to gain inspiration and develop skills.

High School English teachers or guidance counselors may nominate up to 5 students from their school to participate in the conference.  Up to two may be selected. 

If you are sponsoring teacher you can submit all of your student's applications through your own submittable account. Once you finish an application you can go back to the start and submit the next student application. This is helpful if students don't have access to a computer or to a credit card or paypal account. 

Admission to NEYWC is based on the quality of writing in these manuscripts, as judged by adult committee members, a professional writer, and readers from the schools which sponsor the Conference.

As the sponsor of a NEYWC applicant we would like to invite you to apply to attend the Conference as a chaperone. Applications accepted late February.

As a chaperone, you participate in all Conference activities, as well as attend a prose or poetry workshop designed just for you. To the twenty-five teachers selected we promise a stimulating weekend. There is a nominal fee for meals and lodging.

A chaperone’s responsibilities include:
• dormitory supervision, including readings and curfew check-in for 15-20 students • attendance at Conference activities, including evenings
• on-campus residence from 3:00 PM Thursday  until 11:00 AM on Sunday.

Although chaperones are selected based on dormitory needs, we are especially interested in teachers who are writers themselves. Sponsors with attending students are given preference but are we open to all applications.

Dear Teacher,
As the sponsor of a NEYWC applicant we would like to invite you to apply to attend the Conference as a chaperone from Thursday, May 14-17, 2020. 


As a chaperone, you will participate in all Conference activities, as well as attend a prose or poetry workshop designed just for you. The fee is $350 for meals and lodging.

A chaperone’s responsibilities include:
• dormitory supervision, including readings and curfew check-in for 15-20 students • attendance at Conference activities, including evenings.
• on-campus residence from 3:00 PM on the 14th until 11:00 AM on the 17th.

Warmly, Karla Van Vliet


Submit your application no later than March 19, 2020.  You will be able to arrive at the Bread Loaf campus by 3:00 PM Thursday, May 14, 2020. If you need more time to apply please let me know!

If you are accepted, you will be e-mailed a form to return with your check for $350.00 (please do not send a check before acceptance) to cover the conference fee. 


If you have any questions, contact Karla Van Vliet at neywc@middlebury.edu.

To apply using this form you must attend school at one of the following schools: Mt. Abe UHS, Otter Valley UHS, Vergennes UHS, Middlebury UHS. 

The New England Young Writers’ Conference (NEYWC) is a four day writing-focused workshop for high school sophomores and juniors (or senior as Host) in New England and from around the country.  

The long weekend is packed with writing seminars, workshops, readings, and opportunities to meet fellow young writers. Held at the Bread Loaf Campus at Middlebury College, students will work with real writers to gain inspiration and develop skills.

We ask for a one-page sample of your writing. Your one-page manuscript may be one poem, or a short, self-contained project in prose, or an excerpt from a longer story, personal narrative, or play.a short, self-contained project in prose, or an excerpt from a longer story, personal narrative, or play. Please put your name and the title of your writing sample in the file name as well as on the first line of your manuscript.

New England Young Writers' Conference