September 12-13, 2014
Lexington, Kentucky

Women Writers' Preview Party to Feature Sarah Combs, Debut Novel - by Whitney Harder and Whitney Hale Organizers of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference will host a preview party featuring Lexington author Sarah Combs signing her debut novel, "Breakfast Served - more...
Bestselling Southern Writer Jill McCorkle to Debut at Women Writers Event - by Whitney Hale and Andrea Richard   The Kentucky Women Writers Conference will feature bestselling Southern author Jill McCorkle at the 2014 conference scheduled for Sept. 12-13. Making her first - more...
Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet to Headline Kentucky Women Writers Conference - by Whitney Hale (Jan. 30, 2014) — The Kentucky Women Writers Conference will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith as its keynote speaker at the 2014 conference, scheduled for Sept. 12 - more...
2013 Thanks & 2014 Teasers - Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our September 2013 conference. Your participation and feedback will guide our planning for next year. The 36th annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference is - more...
Adventurer, Novelist to Present Public Address at Women Writers Event - by Whitney Hale The Kentucky Women Writers Conference featured best-selling novelist and National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell at its keynote event on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Worsham - 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

Tina Chang - Tina Chang is the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. The first woman named to this position, she was raised in New York City. She is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books) and co-editor of the - more...
Sarah Combs - Sarah Combs leads writing workshops at a nonprofit literacy center in Lexington, Kentucky, where - more...
Ellen Hagan - Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her first collection of poetry, Crowned, was - 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 >