September 13-16, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky

Praise for the 2017 Conference - Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend the Kentucky  Women Writers Conference as a recipient of a postgraduate scholarship. I gained a great deal from the workshop with Camille Dungy. These - more...
Kentucky Women Writers Conference Welcomes 'Bad Behavior' Author Mary Gaitskill - February 1, 2018By Whitney Hale   Author Mary Gaitskill reading an excerpt from her memoir, "Lost Cat," at Baruch College. Mary Gaitskill, the fiction writer known for her edgy and audacious - more...
World Premiere of 'Timeless,' Play on Stem Cells and Fountain of Youth - LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2017) — Two weeks from today, a new play by Raegan Payne will have its world premiere in Lexington with four performances running Nov. 2-4, at the Farish Theater at - more...
Guest Judge, Finalists Announced for 2017 Prize for Women Playwrights - By Whitney Hale June 8, 2017 LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2017) — Five playwrights have been named finalists for the 2017 Prize for Women Playwrights presented by the Kentucky Women Writers Conference ( - more...
Biennial Prize for Women Playwrights - (Jan. 16, 2017) — Thanks to everyone who submitted to our biennial Prize for Women Playwrights during the most recent submission period of December 15, 2016 through January 15, 2017. We received over - more...

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Please join our KWWC2017 Preview Party on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 4:00–5:30 p.m. at Wild Fig Books & Coffee, 726 N. Limestone. Meet our Board and enjoy a reading by Kayla Rae Whitaker. She & other authors appearing at KWWC2017 will have books available for browsing and purchase. Drawing for 1 free admission to KWWC2017 (Sept. 15–16, 2107). Complimentary appetizers plus wine.


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.

2018 Presenters

Mary Gaitskill - Award-winning author Mary Gaitskill is best known for delivering powerful stories of dislocation, longing, and desire with prose that “glides lightly over unsoundable depths” (Village Voice). She is the author of three novels: The Mare (2015),  - more...
Jane Friedman - Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital - more...
Tarfia Faizullah - Tarfia Faizullah was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Midland, Texas. She is the - 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. 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 >