September 11-12, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky

Few Slots Remain for Poetry Workshops With Kathleen Driskell, Angela Ball - By Whitney Hale (Aug. 27, 2015) — Kathleen Driskell, the Kentucky poet behind the new collection, "Next Door to the Dead," and award-winning poet Angela Ball are among the featured presenters at this - more...
Poet Sonia Sanchez Returns to Ky. Women Writers Conference - By Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2015) — Legendary 81-year-old poet Sonia Sanchez will return to the upcoming Kentucky Women Writers Conference on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the - more...
Celebrated Ky. Historical Authors to Present at Women Writers Event - by Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 30, 2015) — Two celebrated writers with Kentucky connections are among the featured presenters at the upcoming Kentucky Women Writers Conference being held Sept. - more...
Women Writers' Preview Party to Feature Hannah Pittard Reading - by Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2015) — Join organizers of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference as they host a preview party featuring award-winning author Hannah Pittard, assistant professor - more...
Wild Women of Poetry Take to the World Wide Web - by Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2015) — The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is trying something new for the 10th anniversary of its Wild Women of Poetry Slam. This nationally renowned all - more...

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This year’s Preview Party at the Morris Book Shop will feature a reading by upcoming conference presenter Hannah Pittard, whose best-selling second novel, Reunion, is set in Atlanta around a patriarch’s funeral and “takes a warm and witty look at an unusual dysfunctional family and extols the lasting bonds between siblings. Truly engaging" (Booklist). Meet Hannah, our Board of Advisors, and director Julie Wrinn on Sat., May 9, 4 p.m. at the Morris Book Shop, 882 E. High St., Lexington. Join us for appetizers and wine and a drawing for one free admission to the Sept. 11-12, 2015 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.

2015 Presenters

Ann Beattie - A popular and critically acclaimed short story writer, Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike’s Best American Short Stories of the Century, and in Jennifer Egan’s Best American Short Stories 2014. Among her - more...
Sonia Sanchez - For 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a - more...
Hannah Pittard - Hannah Pittard is the author of three novels, including the forthcoming Listen to Me (Grand Central - 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 >