Join poets, playwrights, and authors from a wide variety of genres at the 12th annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival March 3, starting at 9:30 a.m. at University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus.
Sheri Riley, Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are (with a forward by Usher), opens the day’s events. Sallie Bingham, author of numerous books, including an upcoming biography, The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke, will present the luncheon keynote. Carolyn Furdek (Locked-In: A Soldier & Civilian’s Struggle with Invisible Wounds) and Aimee Zaring (Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods) are speaking. Selene Phillips, assistant professor of communications at University of Louisville, will facilitate a workshop, “So, You Want to Write: Let’s Get Started.”
Festival sessions and presentations are free, except for an optional $10 lunch, but attendees are asked to register here. Information: (502) 852-8976.
Women Who Write, a Louisville writing group, invites writers (all genders and genres) to their annual writing conference on Saturday, March 24, 8:30 to 4:30 at the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana, Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, 3000 Technology Avenue, New Albany.
Former Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon will make the keynote presentation, “She Persisted: How and Why.” Hannah Drake delivers the lunchtime address, “Write It Afraid.” A panel on residencies and resources includes Debbie Chartoff (Artist-in-Residence Program at Woodstock Byrdcliffe), Jenrose Fitzgerald (Kentucky Foundation for Women), and Amanda Langdon (LFPL Collider Artist-in-Residence Program). The “Paths to Publication” panel includes Carol Butler (Butler Books), Gill Holland (Holland Brown Books), Kristin Miller (Sarabande Books), and Tiffany White (Today’s Publications). For an additional $15, attendees can pitch their manuscripts to agent Alice Speilburg.
Afternoon workshops include “Paths to Self-publishing” by Cheri Powell and “Top Tips to Improve Your Writing” with Susan Lindsey of Savvy Communication. Plenty of time will be allocated for personal writing time. Lunch is included, and attendees will be able to purchase books from WWW members and local publishers. Pre-register by March 20: $55 for WWW members, $65 for non-members.
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