September 15-16, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky



Online registration will open on Monday, May 1, 2017, at 9 a.m., and continue through early September. Thereafter, admission may be purchased on site at the conference beginning Friday, September 15, 8:00 a.m., at the Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street, or on Saturday, September 16, same time and place. The keynote talk on Friday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., does not require registration and will be free and open to the general public on the University of Kentucky campus. 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:

  • $200 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 a literary agent. Requires purchase of $125/$200 registration. See FAQ5 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 double-spaced manuscript pages to with "submission for literary agent" in the subject line, no later than August 18, 2017.
  • $20 Writers Reception with conference admission
  • $40 Writers Reception without conference admission
  • All conference admission fees include a boxed lunch on Friday. The Writers Reception fee includes hors d'oeuvres, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages.


1. Can I enroll in a workshop at the student rate of $30? No, workshops are only available at the $200 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, sorry.

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/$200 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. Also included is a boxed lunch on Friday of a sandwich, small side salad, cookie, and drink, and a vegetarian sandwich choice will be available. Saturday lunch is not included, but our Board members will lead genre-themed groups of registrants to nearby restaurants, e.g., poets to one place, fiction writers to another, cnf to another. For our Writers Reception, you will need to purchase a separate ticket, as follows:

Writers Reception with Presenters

When: Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Helen G. King Alumni House, 400 Rose Street, University of Kentucky campus
Admission Fees:
$20 with purchase of conference pass
$40 without purchase of conference pass

The keynote presentation begins at 7:00 p.m., Sept. 15, at the Singletary Recital Hall, 405 Rose Street, 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 $100, 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. After September 1, no refunds will be given, though emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.