September 11-12, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky

2014 Itinerary

The conference itinerary for Sept. 11-12, 2015, will be posted here by May 1, 2015, when online registration begins. Until then, you can view last year's itinerary below, to get a sense of topics and session formats. All 2015 sessions will be led by this year's roster of featured guests.

Below is the final conference itinerary for 2014. Click here to see our printed program. 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 register) and take place at the Carnegie Center. Free evening events take place Thurs.-Sun. in various venues (see details here). There is a limit of one two-part workshop per registrant, and all other sessions not labeled "workshop" are open to all registrants. New this year is a $125 "no workshop" rate, which provides admission to all craft talks, agent seminars, panels, and readings.

  Friday, September 12, 2014 Saturday, September 13, 2014

8:00–9:00 A.M.

registration & continental breakfast at Carnegie Center registration & continental breakfast at Carnegie Center

9–10:00 a.m.

Jill McCorkle reading and conversation with Kim Edwards.

panel discussion on Alice Munro with Kim Edwards, Rebecca Makkai, and Hannah Pittard.

9:00–11:30 a.m.

morning workshop descriptions

The Sensual Form - workshop in poetry with Tina Chang, part 1

Hemisphere: Mapping the Body - workshop in poetry with Ellen Hagan, part 1

The Sensual Form - workshop in poetry with Tina Chang, part 2

Hemisphere: Mapping the Body - workshop in poetry with Ellen Hagan, part 2

And Bowing Not Knowing to What - workshop in poetry with Tracy K. Smith, part 2. 

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Ending It All: Craft talk on endings in fiction, part 1, with Rebecca Makkai

Ending It All: Craft talk on endings in fiction, part 2, with Rebecca Makkai
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. readings by Asha Bandele & Margaret Wrinkle literary agent's talk, part 2
12:30–1:30 p.m. boxed lunches at the Carnegie Center lunch at local restaurants led by board members
1:30–2:45 p.m.

literary agent's talk, part 1

Gabehart Prize winners readings by Emily Cole, Amanda Kabak, and Shuly Cawood

1:30–4:00 p.m.

afternoon workshop descriptions

Joy Castro - workshop in memoir, part 1. SOLD OUT

Stranger Than Fiction: Where Truth Meets Story - workshop in fiction with Sarah Combs, part 1. SOLD OUT

Leslie Jamison - Modes & Moods of Memoir, part 1. SOLD OUT

Jill McCorkle - Finding the Story - workshop in fiction, part 1. SOLD OUT

Fiction and the Spirit - workshop with Margaret Wrinkle, part 1. SOLD OUT

And Bowing Not Knowing to What - workshop in poetry with Tracy K. Smith,  part 1. [part 2 is  9-11:00 a.m. Sat.] 

Joy Castro - workshop in memoir, part 2. SOLD OUT

Stranger Than Fiction: Where Truth Meets Story - workshop in fiction with Sarah Combs, part 2. SOLD OUT

Leslie Jamison - Modes & Moods of Memoir, part 2. SOLD OUT

Jill McCorkle - Finding the Story - workshop in fiction, part 2. SOLD OUT

Fiction and the Spirit - workshop with Margaret Wrinkle, part 2. SOLD OUT

3:00–4:00 p.m. poetry panel discussion tba

Young Women Writers reading

4:15–5:30 p.m.

readings by Sarah Combs & Rebecca Makkai

readings by Joy Castro & Leslie Jamison

  6:00–7:30 Writers Reception, Lexmark Public Room, 209 Main Building, University of Kentucky (ticketed event) 5:30-6:30 p.m. 90 Seconds Open Mic at Natasha's Bistro
  7:30-9:00 p.m. Tracy K. Smith and Tina Chang keynote reading, Memorial Hall, UK Campus. Free & open to public. 6:30-9:00 p.m. Wild Women of Poetry Slam with Ellen Hagan, emceed by Bianca Spriggs. Carrick Theatre, Transylvania Univ. Free & open to public.

Women Writers free community events:

Thursday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Sonia Series keynote with Asha Bandele and Patrice Muhammad, The Lyric Theatre.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Stars with Accents readings by Leatha Kendrick, Paulette Livers, and Lisa Williams, moderated by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Carnegie Center.