Online registration for KWWC2019 on Sept. 19-22 will begin on April 1, 2019. Question may be emailed to Admission may also be purchased on site at the conference beginning Friday, September 20, 8:00 a.m., at the Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street, or on Saturday, September 21, same time and place. The keynote talk on Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., does not require registration and will be free and open to the general public. Many other free events will also take place. 


There is a limit of one two-part workshop per registrant, and all other sessions not labeled "workshop" are open to all registrants. We offer an option of $125 for individuals not enrolling in a workshop, for admission to all craft talks, agent talks, panels, and readings. In sum:

  • $225: general admission plus workshop
  • $125: general admission, no workshop (admission to craft talks, panels, readings)
  • $30 :student admission, no workshop (admission to craft talks, panels, readings)
  • $45: 15-minute manuscript consultation with literary agent Alice Speilburg. Requires purchase of $125/$225 registration. See FAQ #5 below on whether you are ready to meet with a literary agent. If you are, please purchase that option and email a query letter plus a maximum of 10-12 double-spaced manuscript pages to with "submission for literary agent" in the subject line, no later than August 23, 2019. Please include a title page with the manuscript showing title of the work and author credit, and number all pages in the manuscript.
  • Note: All 3 admission levels above include breakfast pastries, fruit, and coffee on three mornings, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • $12: boxed lunch on Friday (choice of 3 sandwiches/wraps including 1 vegetarian option, very small side salad, and a cookie/desert bar)
  • $20: Writers Reception with conference admission (hors d'oeuvres, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages will be served)
  • $40: Writers Reception without conference admission (hors d'oeuvres, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages will be served). Tickets
  • Need to revisit or make adjustments to your registration options? Please use this special payments link.


1. Can I enroll in a workshop at the student rate of $30? No, workshops are only available at the $225 rate. The $125 no-workshop rate and the $30 student rate gain admission to all other readings, craft talks, agent seminars, and panel discussions. 

2. Can I enroll in more than one workshop? No, there is a limit of one workshop per $225 registration. By offering 7 workshops with 15 slots each and limiting enrollment to one workshop per person, we are able to accomodate 105 registrants who want workshops. If we permitted 2 workshops per person, we would have a much smaller conference. During the hours when your workshop isn't meeting, there are a variety of readings, panels, and craft talks to choose from, as shown in the itinerary here. Many of those sessions will also include writing prompts and writing practice.

3. Can I be placed on a waiting list for the sold-out workshop that I want? Yes. If your workshop is sold out and you don't want to attend any other workshop, you should purchase $125 general admission/no workshop and email with your waitlist request. If your first-choice workshop is sold out but you do want to secure a spot in different workshop, you should purchase $200 general admission, enroll in that other workshop, and email with your waitlist request.

4. Can I be placed on a waiting list for the agent meetings? Yes. If you'd like to be waitlisted for the 15-minute agent meetings, you should purchase general admission of $125/$225 and email your waitlist request to If a spot becomes available, you may pay the additional fee in a separate transaction.

5. How do I know if I'm ready to meet with a literary agent? It is important to meet with a literary agent only after your manuscript is ready, and readiness varies by genre: 1) Fiction is sold based on a completed manuscript. You should not meet with a literary agent until your novel or story collection is complete. 2) Nonfiction is sold based on a sample chapter and book outline. 3) Poetry is rarely represented by literary agents, so please do not enroll in this option for a poetry manuscript.

6. Can I get a refund? Please see our refund policy at the bottom of this page.

7. Are meals included with my ticket? Continental breakfasts of coffee, tea, pastries, and fruit on Friday morning and Saturday morning are included with your ticket. Our Writers Reception offers appetizers and wine and requires purchase with your registration. To purchase this option in a separate transaction, please use this link.

Writers Reception with Presenters

When: Friday, Sept. 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Residence of Jim Gray, former mayor of Lexington
Admission Fees:
$20 with purchase of conference pass
$40 without purchase of conference pass

The keynote presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 20, Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center, and wil be free and open to the general public.

Refund Policy

Refund requests will be accepted in writing only, by email to or by letter. Telephone requests will not be granted. Individuals enrolled in a sold-out workshop who cancel after August 1 will receive a refund of $125, due to holding a workshop slot that we may not be able to fill with a new registrant. All other general admissions will receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee. No refunds will be offered for the $30 student rate. Beginning September 1, no refunds can be given.