September 16-17, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky

Itinerary

The next conference will be Sept. 15-18, 2016, and registration will begin on May 1, 2016. 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 link) 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.

Descriptions for 2016 workshops are here, and bios of 2016 featured guests are here.

2015 Women Writers free community events (details):

  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. Sonia Series keynote tba, The Lyric Theatre.
  • Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m., Stars of the Commonwealth: readings by Sarah Gorham, Julie Hensley, and Bobbie Ann Mason, moderated by Julie Wrinn. Carnegie Center.
  Friday, September 16, 2016 Saturday, September 17, 2016

8:00–9:00 A.M.

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

9–10:00 a.m. plenary

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

memoir craft talk with Mary Karr, with introduction and Q&A by tba

10:15–12:30 a.m.

workshop descriptions

poetry workshop with Natalie Diaz, part 1

poetry workshop with Lisa Russ Spaar, part 1

poetry workshop with Bianca Spriggs, part 1

poetry workshop with Natalie Diaz, part 2

poetry workshop with Lisa Russ Spaar, part 2

 poetry workshop with Bianca Spriggs, part 2

10:15–11:15 a.m.

agent tba remarks on business of business of publishing, part 1

 

panel discussion on publishing with Danielle Dutton and Sarah Gorham
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. reading by Crystal Wilkinson reading by Barrie Jean Borich
12:30–2:00 p.m. boxed lunches at the Carnegie Center genre lunches at local restaurants
2:00–3:00 p.m.

agent tba remarks on business of business of publishing, part 2

Gabehart Prize winners readings by tba

2:00–4:15 p.m.

workshop descriptions

workshop in memoir with Barrie Jean Borich, part 1

workshop in place in fiction/nonfiction with Danielle Dutton, part 1

workshop in fiction with Dana Spiotta, part 1

workshop in fiction with Crystal Wilkinson, part 1

workshop in memoir with Barrie Jean Borich, part 2

workshop in place in fiction/nonfiction with Danielle Dutton, part 2

workshop in fiction with Dana Spiotta, part 2

workshop in fiction with Crystal Wilkinson, part 2

3:15–4:15 p.m. panel discussion tba

Young Women Writers readings

4:30–5:45 p.m.

readings by Lisa Russ Spaar and Bianca Spriggs

readings by Danielle Dutton and Dana Spiotta

  6:00–7:30 Writers Reception, Lexmark Room, University of Kentucky (ticketed event) 6:00-7:00 p.m. 90 Seconds Open Mic at tba
  7:30-9:00 p.m. keynote address by Mary Karr, plus Q & A with Dana Spiotta, Memorial Hall, 610 S. Limestone St., free & open to public 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wild Women of Poetry Slam, with emcee Sara Volpi, Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main St., free & open to public