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Waldorf College student selected for prestigious writers’ conference

Heather Jordon, Communications Director

Lauren Trembath, a Waldorf College creative writing major from Clear Lake, Iowa, has been selected to attend the 2010 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Middlebury, Vt., August 11-21, 2010. The New Yorker magazine calls the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, "The oldest and most prestigious writers' conference in the country." Previous Bread Loaf faculty and attendees include Robert Frost, John Irving, Toni Morrison, Anne Sexton, Eudora Welty and Norman Mailer. 

Trembath will work one-on-one and in small workshops with celebrated creative nonfiction writers Jane Brox, Tom Bissell, and Rebecca Solnit. The conference will also include presentations and readings by the likes of Jane Hirshfield and Elizabeth Strout.

"This is an incredible honor for an undergraduate and speaks to Lauren's great promise as a writer," Joe Wilkins, director of creative writing and assistant professor of English at Waldorf, said. "I know folks who've applied to Bread Loaf for years and never been accepted."

To apply for conference, Trembath had to send up to 6,000 words from an unpublished sample of her work. She used a nonfiction essay she has been working on since January in an advanced workshop with Wilkins.

"Without Joe's advice and amazing ability as a teacher of writing or the encouragement and critical help of my peers, I'd never be going to this conference," Trembath said. "Waldorf students take creative writing really seriously--every day in class I'm surrounded by incredibly talented writers who definitely have pushed my writing to places I didn't know it could go."

Bread Loaf is the oldest writers' conference in America. Since 1926 - a generation before "creative writing" became a course of study in educational settings - it has convened in mid-August at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College.

"I am so incredibly excited to go to Vermont and be stretched to think about writing in a fresh way - to have other knowledgeable voices contribute to my writing - and to be exposed to a energizing group of diverse voices that will hopefully influence my perception of what can be accomplished and conveyed through creative nonfiction," Trembath said. "Also, the opportunity to network and meet agents and editors and other published writers excites me for my potential in publishing, and will help in terms of deciding on a MFA program next year."

Located in Forest City, Iowa, Waldorf is a four-year, liberal arts college that delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and hybrid online bachelor's degree programs including business, communication, music, psychology, theatre, education, fire science administration, criminal justice administration and more.