September 16-17, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky

Itinerary

The next conference will be Sept. 15-18, 2016, and registration began 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) 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. KWWC2016 has four free events: Mary Karr's keynote and the poetry slam, plus two others not shown on the Friday-Saturday grid. These are:

  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. Sonia Series performance & talk featuring Ursula Rucker in conversation with Patrice Muhammad at the Carnegie Center
  • Sunday, Sept. 18, 10:00–11:30 a.m., Stars of the Commonwealth: readings by Sarah Gorham, Julie Hensley, and Bobbie Ann Mason, with introductions and Q & A 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 Julia Johnson

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.

From Pitches to Platforms: How to Enlist an Agent, with Miriam Altshuler

panel discussion on publishing with Danielle Dutton and Sarah Gorham

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

reading by Crystal Wilkinson, with introduction and Q&A by Lisa Williams

manuscript meetings with Miriam Altshuler (sold out)

reading by Barrie Jean Borich, with introduction and Q&A by Catherine Brereton

12:30–2:00 p.m.

boxed lunches at the Carnegie Center

genre lunches at local restaurants

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Case Studies of Pitch Letters, with Miriam Altshuler, moderated by Sara Volpi

Gabehart Prize winners readings by Jessica Hindman, Laura Nagle, and Amie Whittemore, introduced by Susan Kroeg

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 on poetry & community with Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Ursual Rucker, and Bianca Lynne Spriggs, moderated by Elizabeth Beck

manuscript meetings with Miriam Altshuler (sold out)

Young Women Writers readings

4:30–5:45 p.m.

readings by Lisa Russ Spaar and Bianca Spriggs, introduced by Kimberly Miller

readings by Danielle Dutton and Dana Spiotta, introduced by Jeff Clymer

 

5:30–7:00 Writers Reception (ticketed event), King Alumni House, University of Kentucky, 400 Rose Street

dinner on your own

 

7:00-9:00 p.m. keynote address by Mary Karr, introduced by Jennifer Bartlett, plus Q & A with Dana Spiotta, Singletary Center, 405 Rose St., free & open to public

7:00-9:30 p.m. Wild Women of Poetry Slam, with Melissa Lozada-Oliva as headliner and celebrity judge, with emcee Sara Volpi, and poets Amena Brown, Siaara Freeman, Ashlee Haze, Rheonna Thornton, Rachel Wiley, and Alyesha Wise. Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main St., free & open to public