September 15-16, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Itinerary

  • 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, tba, and tba, with introductions and Q & A by Julie Wrinn. Carnegie Center.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

8–8:45 a.m.

registration & continental breakfast at Carnegie Center

registration & continental breakfast at Carnegie Center

8:45–10 a.m. plenary

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

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.

Business of publishing, part 1, with agent tba

panel discussion on research with Jessica Handler, Elena Passarello, and Melynda J. Price

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

readings by Jessica Handler & Gabehart CNF winner

readings by Maggie Shipstead & Kayla Rae Whitaker

12:30–2 p.m.

lunch at the Carnegie Center

lunch on your own at local restaurants

2–3 p.m.

Business of publishing, part 2, with agent tba

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.

panel discussion on poetry with tba

Young Women Writers readings

4:30–5:45 p.m.

readings by Elena Passarello and Gabehart poetry winner

readings Claire Vaye Watkins & Gabehart fiction winner

 

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. Downtown Arts Center, free & open to the public. Open mic at 7 p.m. by advance sign-ups

 

2017 workshops are described more fully here. Bios of 2017 featured guests are here. Here is a pdf of the printed program from KWWC2016, which took place on Sept. 15-18, 2016 in various venues. KWWC2017 will take place on Sept. 14-17 and feature roughly the same kinds of workshops, craft talks, and readings, but with all new presenters. Registration will begin online 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.