September 11-12, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky

Finalists Announced for Prize for Women Playwrights - by Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — Three playwrights have been named finalists for the 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights presented by the Kentucky Women Writers Conference (KWWC).  - more...
Short Story Writer, Novelist Ann Beattie to Headline Women Writers Conference - by Whitney Hale (Jan. 22, 2015) — A friendship with novelist and new University of Kentucky faculty member Hannah Pittard led to Ann Beattie becoming keynote speaker for the 2015 Kentucky Women - more...
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...
Praise for the 2014 conference -   “I absolutely loved the conference, everything about it! I have told the women students in my grad program to apply for the scholarships next year. It is such a wonderful event, I loved the - 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...

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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...
Jessica Helen Lopez - Jessica Helen Lopez was recently named the City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate and is a nationally - 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 >