The Bread Loaf Writers Conference, which was founded by Robert Frost in 1925 and is the oldest and most distinguished writers’ conference in America, is offering a fellowship or tuition scholarship to either an African or Caribbean poet, fiction or nonfiction writer to attend the 2010 conference, August 11-21. Named after Michael and Marylee Fairbanks, the Fairbanks International Fellowship is in its sixth year of existence. Previous winners have included Doreen Baingana, Glaydah Namukasa, both novelists from Uganda, Stanley Gazemba, a writer from Kenya, and Joanne C. Hillhouse, a writer from Antigua.
The conference is sponsored by Middlebury College and is held every summer at the Bread Loaf campus in the Green Mountains of Vermont. It is an opportunity for intense conversation and exchange which most writers find inspiring and beneficial. The fellowship is conceived as a way to include international writers early in their careers who would benefit from exposure to the North American literary and publishing world. The recipient of the fellowship/scholarship receives free tuition, room and board, as well as travel money to attend the conference.