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Kentucky Women Writers Conference to be livestreamed at WKU

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference — an annual conference held in Lexington attracting hundreds of writers from across the United States — is set for Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 and will be livestreamed at Cravens Library, Room 212, on WKU’s campus.

Featured presenters at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference include (top row from left) Ann Beattie and Emily Bingham (bottom row from left) Jacinda Townsend and Sonia Sanchez. Several sessions from the Sept. 11-12 conference will be livestreamed at WKU's Cravens Library.

Featured presenters at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference include (top row from left) Ann Beattie and Emily Bingham; (bottom row from left) Jacinda Townsend and Sonia Sanchez. Several sessions from the Sept. 11-12 conference will be livestreamed at WKU’s Cravens Library.

Workshops and sessions are typically offered throughout the weekend at costs of up to $200 a ticket, but Conference Director Julie Wrinn has agreed to allow WKU Libraries to livestream a selection of sessions and readings this year free of charge, including a keynote address from critically acclaimed short story author Ann Beattie.

Other featured presenters for 2015 include Emily Bingham, Meghan Daum, Sonia Sanchez and Jacinda Townsend. More information can be found at http://womenwriters.as.uky.edu/

Registration is required by Sept. 7 due to limited space. To register, contact Sara Volpi at sara.volpi@wku.edu. Seats will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event is free thanks to a partnership between WKU Libraries and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, and with support of Friends of WKU Libraries.

KWWC Square Color“If there is a universal thread running through our varied programming,” Wrinn said, “it is that great writers are almost always great readers, whose most profound relationships are with other books and authors. Modeling this lifestyle to young people, whether they are aspiring writers themselves or merely enthusiastic critics, is an increasingly essential part of their cultural inheritance.”

Friday, September 11:

  • 8-9 a.m.: Poetry reading by Sonia Sanchez, with introduction and Q&A by DaMaris Hill
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m.: “Can the Writing Life Make Peace with Family Life?” panel discussion with Meghan Daum, DaMaris Hill, Hannah Pittard and Julie Wrinn
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m.: Readings by Jacinda Townsend and Emily Bingham
  • 1-2 p.m.: Literary agent Joy Harris’ talk (part 1)
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m.: Publishing Strategies for Poets, panel discussion with Lynnell Edwards, Kristen Miller and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Saturday, September 12:

  • 8-9 a.m.: “What I Think I’m Doing” fiction craft talk Ann Beattie
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m.: Literary agent Joy Harris’ talk (part 2)
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Dramatic reading by Carson Kreitzer, with introduction and Q&A by Eric Seale

Come for a few sessions, or stay for them all. Complimentary coffee and breakfast pastries will be served.

Contact: Sara Volpi, (270) 745-4502

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