September 16-17, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky

Three 2016 Women Writers Conference Presenters Release New Novels - By Weston Loyd LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2016) — Kentucky Women Writers Conference presenters Danielle Dutton, Dana Spiotta and Crystal Wilkinson all have new books released this month. Each author - more...
Queen of Modern Day Memoirs Mary Karr to Headline Women Writers Conference - By Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2016) — Since her reign at the top of the New York Times bestseller list in 1995 for "The Liars' Club," writer Mary Karr has been credited with launching a - more...
Silent No More: Lydia Blaisdell Play to Have Kentucky World Premiere - By Whitney Hale (Oct. 22, 2015) — A new play by Lydia Blaisdell will have its world premiere in the Bluegrass Nov. 5–7, in four performances at Lexington's Downtown Arts Center. Produced and directed - more...
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...

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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.

2016 Presenters

Mary Karr - Mary Karr’s first memoir, The Liar’s Club, is credited with sparking the memoir renaissance and won nonfiction prizes from PEN and the Texas Institute of Letters. Also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, it spent more than a year - more...
Dana Spiotta - Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others, forthcoming from Scribner in March - more...
Crystal Wilkinson - Crystal Wilkinson new novel, The Birds of Opulence (University Press of Kentucky, March 2016), is a - 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 >