Great news! I've been accepted to Breadloaf, so this August I'll be reporting back each day (or as often as I can) about the experience, the people, the workshops, the agents, the editors, the food :), the scenery, so you can get a feel for the place - similar to what I did for the NYC pitchfest.
It's affectionately termed 'Bedloaf' because of the shenanigans that go on there (yes, I said 'shenanigans'), and there are also little groups that form based on who is a fellow, who is a tuition scholar, and who is doing work study (waiting tables during meals). The general applicant (moi) is considered to be the less appealing way to go, but I really could care less. Cliques are for high school. I'm not going for the wild time; I'm going to work with great poets, meet other writers, and pitch my work to agents and editors. And for the beautiful scenery and the quiet - whatever I can get!
Because of the cost ($1495 for the conference, $738 for room and board), and when the full amount must be paid to the conference people (end of June, early July), I won't be staying on campus, so I won't be reporting on the accommodations firsthand. I've found a very cheap, but lovely room in an inn in Ripton, where the conference is held (near Middlebury, VT) and where, apparently, one of the breakfast offerings is Big Bill's Eggs. Can't wait!
Will also post pics.
Little known news - there's a book prize associated with Breadloaf - the Bakeless Literary Prize, the submission period for which is August 1 - November 1.
If you're interested in Breadloaf for next year, applications are taken through March, but the financial aid deadline is March 1st. Here's the link: