September 15-16, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Itinerary

KWWC2018 is scheduled for Sept. 13-16, 2018, at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. News on featured presenters will appear beginning in January 2018, and registration will be available beginning May 1, 2018. For updates via our bi-monthly e-newsletter, please email kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com and ask to subscribe. For an idea of what will be offered, please see last year's schedule below.

The 8-page printable program from KWWC2017 is available as a pdf at this link.

The feedback form for KWWC2017 is available as a pdf at this link.

KWWC2017 Events

  • 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.