Southern Kentucky Writers Conference

Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events and is presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and by the Warren County Public and Western Kentucky University Libraries. Held annually in April, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books.

The 2017 SOKY Book Fest will be Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9 am to 3 pm. Children’s Day is on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 9 am to 2 pm. Both events are free and open to the public. The Kentucky Writers Conference and Teen Writers Conference will occur on April 21 as well. and a schedule and information about registration will be available this winter. Please note that all books signed at SOKY Book Fest must be purchased at the festival. No previously purchased books are allowed to be signed.

The Kentucky Writers Conference is in April 21.  Authors who will be participating in the Book Fest on Saturday, April 22, 2017 will give attendees at the Writers Conference the benefit of their wisdom the day before -- Friday, April 21, 2017. Free workshops on a variety of writing topics will be presented during this day-long event.  The day begins at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Sessions run for 75 minutes.  The conference is open to anyone who would like to attend. Space is limited. Registration will be open by February.

There will also be a Writers Conference for Teens (as part of the Kentucky Writers Conference) a program developed specifically for area high school students. Teachers interested in having their 9-12 grade students participate will be able to register later this year.

The Kentucky Writers Conference program is not available yet.  Check  Kentucky Writers Conference in February.

Kentucky State Poetry Society

Kentucky State Poetry Society is a group of poets from or with deep connections to Kentucky. The group holds an annual conference in the fall, which includes readings, craft talks, and workshops. The group publishes a journal, Pegasus and hosts a variety of poetry contests for all ages.

I suppose it is a writing group in the sense that many of the writers within KSPS have informal workshop groups that meet in person and online throughout the year, and in the sense that once a year many of us come together.

Julie Hensley

Associate Professor, Creative Writing

Bluegrass Writers Studio

Department of English and Theatre

Eastern Kentucky University

Writing Alone, Writing Together: A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups

With writers participating in writers groups all around the country, it was probably inevitable that (at least) one of them would write a book about participating in writing group.  The book -- and there are probably more I haven't stumbled upon -- is Writing Alone, Writing:  A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups.  Check it out on Amazon:  Writing Alone, Writing Together.