September 11-12, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky

2015 Itinerary

The conference itinerary for Sept. 10-13, 2015, is below. Elsewhere you can read workshops descriptions and bios of our featured guests. 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.

Women Writers free community events (details):

  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. Sonia Series keynote: screening of the film BadddDDD Sonia Sanchez, plus Q & A with Sonia Sanchez and Patrice Muhammad, The Lyric Theatre.
  • Sunday, Sept. 13, 10:00 a.m., Stars with Accents: readings by Bianca Bargo, Martha Billips, and Allison Joseph, moderated by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Carnegie Center.
  Friday, September 11, 2015 Saturday, September 12, 2015

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 Sonia Sanchez, with introduction and Q&A by DaMaris Hill

"What I Think I'm Doing," fiction craft talk with Ann Beattie

10:15–12:30 a.m.

workshop descriptions

poetry workshop with Angela Ball, part 1

One Poem, Two Attitudes - drafting & revising poetry workshop with Kathleen Driskell, part 1

The Power of Persona Poems - workshop with Jessica Helen Lopez, part 1

poetry workshop with Angela Ball, part 2

One Poem, Two Attitudes - drafting & revising poetry workshop with Kathleen Driskell, part 2

 The Power of Persona Poems - workshop with Jessica Helen Lopez, part 2

10:15–11:15 a.m.

"Can the Writing Life Make Peace with Family Life?" panel discussion with Meghan Daum, DaMaris Hill, Hannah Pittard, and Julie Wrinn

Manuscript meetings with Joy Harris

Navigating the Changing Marketplace for your work: publishing seminary with literary agent Joy Harris's talk, part 2, introduced by Sena Jeter Naslund
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. readings by Jacinda Townsend & Emily Bingham dramatic reading by Carson Kreitzer, with introduction and Q&A by Eric Seale
12:30–2:00 p.m. boxed lunches at the Carnegie Center lunch at local restaurants led by board members
2:00–3:00 p.m.

Signing with an Agent: with literary agent Joy Harris, part 1

Gabehart Prize winners readings by Deborah Bernhardt, Theresa Dowell Blackinton, and Katherine McCord

2:00–4:15 p.m.

workshop descriptions

Writing Lives: Loud and Quiet: nonfiction workshop with Emily Bingham, part 1

SOLD OUT--Self Exposure vs. Self-Examination: workshop in personal essay and memoir with Meghan Daum, part 1

SOLD OUT--From "What if?" to "What now?" to "What just happened?": workshop in fiction with Hannah Pittard, part 1

Conflict Through Character: The Bottom-Up Approach: workshop in fiction with Jacinda Townsend, part 1

Road Trip: finding inspiration in place, playwriting workshop with Carson Kreitzer, part 1

Writing Lives: Loud and Quiet: nonfiction workshop with Emily Bingham, part 2

SOLD OUT--Self Exposure vs. Self-Examination: workshop in personal essay and memoir with Meghan Daum, part 2

SOLD OUT--From "What if?" to "What now?" to "What just happened?": workshop in fiction with Hannah Pittard, part 2

Conflict Through Character: The Bottom-Up Approach: workshop in fiction with Jacinda Townsend, part 2

Road Trip: finding inspiration in place, playwriting workshop with Carson Kreitzer, part 2

3:15–4:15 p.m. Publishing Strategies for Poets: panel discussion with Lynnell Edwards, Kristen MIller, Kiki Petrosino, and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Young Women Writers & Teen Howl Poets readings

4:30–5:30 p.m.

readings by Angela Ball & Kathleen Driskell

readings by Meghan Daum & Hannah Pittard

  6:00–7:30 Writers Reception, Singletary Center lobby, 405 Rose St., University of Kentucky (ticketed event) 6:00-7:00 p.m. 90 Seconds Open Mic at Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade
  7:30-9:00 p.m. keynote address by Ann Beattie, plus Q & A with Hannah Pittard, Singletary Center Recital Hall, 405 Rose St., free & open to public 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wild Women of Poetry Slam with feature poet Jessica Helen Lopez, emcee Bianca Spriggs, and music by Amythyst Kiah. Poets Christina Boyd, Lisa Marie, Jordon Roberts, and Jeannie Woller will compete. Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main St., free & open to public