Professor Daley is Founder, Director of Green Mountain Writers Conference

July 11, 2013

SEVEN DAYS -- “It’s like camp for adults,” says director Yvonne Daley about the annual Green Mountain Writers Conference. But there’s a difference: Participants who spend a week relaxing and writing on the shores of Chipman Lake — locals call it Tinmouth Pond — may find themselves getting familiar with literary heavy hitters. Daley recalls a particular late, great guest: “Here’s Grace Paley wandering around, saying, ‘Tell me about your writing!’” Daley splits her time between Rutland and California, where she’s a journalism professor at San Francisco State University. The conference, she says, grew from the seeds of a writing group for fellow journalists that she led while on a fellowship at Stanford University in 1995. Using the skills she’d learned at Vermont College — where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1993 — Daley began hosting a writing group at her Vermont home. “That kept growing,” she recalls, “and people wanted more.”