September 12-13, 2014
Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky Women Writers, Actors Guild, Carson Kreitzer to Collaborate on Prize for Playwrights - by Whitney Hale (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is now accepting scripts by women for its 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights, which awards a $500 cash prize and a full theatrical - more...
Brave New Words 2014 - The keynote event of this year’s Kentucky Women Writers Conference took place on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at Memorial Hall. Brave New Words: A poetry reading and conversation with Tracy K. Smith, - more...
The Sonia Sanchez Series 2014 - The 36th annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference opened on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at the Lyric Theatre, with The Sonia Sanchez Series featuring Asha Bandele, author of the best-selling memoir, The - more...
WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Talks to Author Sarah Combs - by Kathy Johnson (Sept. 5, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Friday's guest host is - more...
Rebecca Makkai, Margaret Wrinkle Talk Literary Gothic and Historical Novels at Writers Event - by Whitney Hale (July 22, 2014) — Fiction writer Rebecca Makkai, whose novel "The Hundred-Year House" was published this month, and the multi-talented Margaret Wrinkle, author of the 2013 novel "Wash - more...

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The May 10 preview party for this year’s conference also celebrates the launch of Sarah Combs’s debut novel, Breakfast Served Anytime. Meet Sarah, our Board of Advisors, and director Julie Wrinn on Sat., May 10, 4 p.m. at the Morris Book Shop, 882 E. High St., Lexington. Join us for appetizers and wine and a drawing for 1 free admission to the Sept. 12-13 conference.


The Kentucky Women Writers Conference offers a number of events that are free and open to all. Click here to see all the free events happening during the conference weekend.

2014 Presenters

Leslie Jamison - Leslie Jamison won the 2014 Graywolf nonfiction prize for her essay collection The Empathy Exams (Graywolf Press, 2014), which debuted at #11 on the New York Times Bestseller list. She is also the author of a novel, The Gin Closet (The Free Press, - more...
Joy Castro - Joy Castro is the author of the memoirs The Truth Book (2005; Univ. of Nebraska, 2012) and Island - more...
Margaret Wrinkle - Born and raised in Birmingham Alabama, Margaret Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, educator and visual - more...

About the Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Welcome to our literary community! There are so many ways to become involved with the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, and foremost among them is simply to attend the Conference in Lexington in September 2014. The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest running literary festival of women in the nation.

An annual event launched by the University of Kentucky in 1979, it has become a premier destination for the celebration of women's arts and letters. The incredible caliber of writers and artists that we bring to Lexington each year would not be possible without the ability to pay them a fair fee, and that ability depends upon...READ MORE >