St. Johnsbury Academy junior and Advanced Creative Writing student Lillian Ilsley-Greene has been accepted to the prestigious New England Young Writers' Conference, taking place in May at Middlebury College's Breadloaf Campus. Students apply from across the United States to spend a long weekend working with accomplished writers alongside like-minded peers.
Karin Gottshall, director of the Conference, wrote, "Each May since 1983, promising high school students and their teachers have gathered together with distinguished writers on the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College to spend a long weekend of wild creativity, literary discovery, and collaboration with each other and with language. Those who attend the New England Young Writers' Conference leave with new poems, stories and essays in their notebooks or computers -- but they also leave with new ideas, new friendships, and the unforgettable experience of having been part of a community that values and supports their talents and passions."
Lillian's teacher Jenny Mackenzie said, "Lillian is an equally talented writer of fiction and poetry, and she has chosen to work on poetry for her Creative Writing II manuscript. The beautiful poem that she used in her application to Breadloaf will be featured in the upcoming spring issue of The Clear River Review."
Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "We are proud to be able to send yet another talented young writer to the New England Young Writers' Conference. Lillian joins a long line of Academy writers who have distinguished themselves at the local, state, regional, and national levels."