September 15-16, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Itinerary

As of Sept. 11, the 8-page printable program for KWWC2017 is now available as a pdf at this link.

  • Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Sonia Series performance & talk featuring Melynda J. Price at the Carnegie Center
  • Sunday, Sept. 17, 10–11:30 a.m., Stars of the Commonwealth: readings by Kristi Maxwell, Carrie Mullins, and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, with Q & A by Julie Wrinn. Carnegie Center.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

8–9 a.m.

registration & continental breakfast at Carnegie Center

registration & continental breakfast at Carnegie Center

9:00–10 a.m. plenary

poetry reading by Natalie Diaz, with introduction and Q&A by Julia Johnson

On Mercy & Mercilessness: balancing compassion for your characters with honesty - fiction craft talk with Maggie Shipstead

10:15–12:30 p.m.

workshop descriptions

poetry workshop with Natalie Diaz, part 1

poetry workshop with Camille Dungy, part 1

playwriting workshop with Martyna Majok, part 1

 

poetry workshop with Natalie Diaz, part 2

 poetry workshop with Camille Dungy, part 2

playwriting with Martyna Majok, part 2

 

10:15–11:15 a.m.

 

The Art of the Opening: How to Hook Your Reader from the Very First Page, with agent Annie Hwang

 

Research in Creative Nonfiction, with Jessica Handler, Elena Passarello, and Melynda J. Price

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

readings by Jessica Handler & Gabehart CNF winner Mary Jean Kledzik

individual manuscript meetings with Annie Hwang

readings by Maggie Shipstead & Claire Vaye Watkins

individual manuscript meetings with Annie Hwang

12:30–2 p.m.

lunch at the Carnegie Center

lunch on your own at local restaurants

2–3 p.m.

How to Write Authentically & Why: On Diversity, Representation, Identity, & Controversy in Publishing, with Annie Hwang, Natalie Diaz, Camille Dungy, and Ada Limon

Cost of Living: reading of the prologue by Martyna Majok, with Q & A by Eric Seale

2–4:15 p.m.

workshop descriptions

workshop in memoir with Jessica Handler, part 1

workshop in essay with Elena Passarello, part 1

workshop in fiction with Claire Vaye Watkins, part 1

workshop in fiction with Kayla Rae Whitaker, part 1

workshop in memoir with Jessica Handler, part 2

workshop in essay with Elena Passarello, part 2

workshop in fiction with Claire Vaye Watkins, part 2

workshop in fiction with Kayla Rae Whitaker, part 2

3:15–4:15 p.m.

This Careful Place: Visits to the Poetry of Jane Gentry (1941-2014), with Julia Johnson, Sue Churchill, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, and Lisa Williams

Young Women Writers readings

4:30–5:45 p.m.

readings by Elena Passarello and Gabehart poetry winner Ann V. DeVilbiss

readings by Kayla Rae Whitaker & Gabehart fiction winner Deborah Reed Downing

 

6:00–7:30 Writers Reception (ticketed event), King Alumni House, University of Kentucky, 400 Rose Street

dinner on your own

 

7:30-9:00 p.m. keynote address by Camille Dungy, Singletary Center, 405 Rose St., free & open to public

7:30-9:30 p.m. Wild Women of Poetry Slam, with Olivia Gatwood as headliner and celebrity judge, with emcee TSmilez. Pam MIller Arts Center, free & open to the public. Open mic at 7 p.m. by advance sign-ups, email slam coordinator sara.volpi@wku.edu.

 

2017 workshops are described more fully here. Bios of 2017 featured guests are here. Registration began on May 1, 2017. For further updates, please ask to receive our bi-monthly e-newsletter by emailing us at kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com. Daytime sessions require purchase of a general admission or student pass (see registration) and take place at the Carnegie Center. There is a limit of one two-part workshop per registrant, and all other sessions concurrent with workshops are open to all registrants: the $125 "no workshop" rate provides admission to these craft talks, agent seminars, panels, and readings.