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SOUTHERN KENTUCKY BOOK FEST
The Kentucky Writers Conference
Bowling Green, Ky.
Deadline: April 25
Free writing workshops on a variety of topics featuring professional writers.
More info: www.sokybookfest.org/KYWritersConf
VSA PLAYWRIGHT DISCOVERY COMPETITION
The Kennedy Center
Deadline: April 28
Middle and high school students are invited to explore the disability experience through scriptwriting. Entries may be the work of an individual student or collaboration by a group of up to five students.
More info: www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/playwright_discovery.cfm
2014 POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
More info: www.accents-publishing.com/contest.html
2014 ART WRITERS GRANT PROGRAM
Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation
Deadline: May 21
Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants.
More info: http://apply.artswriters.org
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
The Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference will feature non-fiction author Ann Hagedorn, workshops led by Frank X Walker, Peggy Dekay and other professionals and offer participants the opportunity to pitch their book ideas to literary agents from New York & Los Angeles.
More Info: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/event/books-progress-conference-2014-3
FREE WRITING WORKSHOP
Wild Fig Books
Wednesdays - 9 a.m.
The workshop is open to all ages and skill levels.
More info: 859-381-8133
LOUISVILLE CRITIQUE GROUP SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
This is a critique group for writers focused on publication with an emphasis on short stories and novel-length fiction. Members meet every three weeks for intensive prose critiques. Interested individuals must email LouisvilleWriter@hotmail.com a one-page writing sample for consideration.
More info: contact Erin Pike, 502-693-4818.
WOMEN WHO WRITE
First Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mid City Mall Branch of the Jefferson County Free Public Library, 1250 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Ky. Open to women (18 and older) of all skill levels who write and who aspire to write.
More info: http://womenwhowrite.com
WRITERS WORKSHOP PROJECT
The Writers Workshop Project (WWP) in Louisville, Ky., is like a monthly mini writers’ conference. Each meeting includes a mixer, lesson on writing craft and a workshop. Open to writers of all levels and genres. Low workshop fees.
More info: www.the-wwp.com
WRITERS BLOC 40330
Writers Bloc 40330 meets on the third Monday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Public Library meeting room.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAPITAL CITY WRITERS ROUNDTABLE
The Capital City Writers Roundtable meets monthly in Frankfort, Ky.
More info: Jerry Deaton at email@example.com
TATES CREEK WRITERS’ GROUP
Tates Creek Writers’ Group meets the first Thursday of each month, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Tates Creek Branch of the Lexington Public Library.
HARRODSBURG/MERCER COUNTY WRITERS’ COLLECTIVE
The Harrodsburg/Mercer County Writers’ Collective meets on alternate Thursday evenings from
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Mercer County Public Library conference room.
FRIDAY WRITERS GROUP
The Friday Writers Group meets each Friday at 5 p.m. in St. Matthews in Louisville, Ky.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAINTSVILLE MAIN STREET WRITERS’ GROUP
The Paintsville Main Street Writers’ Group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at
6:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Library.
More info: 606-789-4355
FRANKFORT WRITERS GROUP
Frankfort Writers Group meets at Paul Sawyier Public Library Wednesday evenings.
More info: Rochelle Silvernail at 502-320-4373 or 502-875-8184.
THE OWENSBORO WRITERS GROUP
The Owensboro Writers Group meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Daviess County Public Library from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
More info: http://owensborowritersgroup.com/WordPress
THE POEZIA POETRY GROUP
The Poezia Poetry Group meets every first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Common Grounds
Coffee House in Lexington, Ky.
More info: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer at email@example.com
PENHOUSE RETREAT CENTER
PenHouse Retreat Center is now open—a place for rest and creativity. PenHouse is a spacious two-story 120-year-old country home located in a horseshoe bend of the Elkhorn Creek in northern Franklin County. PenHouse is the perfect place to write, to host book parties and readings, to offer workshops or attend them.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
INKY READING SERIES
The InKY Reading Series is a monthly music and literature event held on the second Friday of the month at The Bard’s Town in Louisville, Ky. This event is always free.
More info: www.thebardstown.com/
BEREA WRITERS' GUILD
The Berea Writers' Guild meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 7 – 9 p.m. at 773 Big Hill Road in Berea, Ky. This is a critique group, so bring something to share. The group is open to fiction, nonfiction and some poetry and essays.
More info: Debbonnaire Kovacs at 859-779-0793
Other Literary Opportunities and Workshops
The Carnegie Center offers a variety of classes and seminars.
More info: www.carnegiecenterlex.org or call 859-254-4175, ext. 21
PEN AMERICAN CENTER
The PEN American Center offers a variety of emergency assistance, including grants, for professional writers.
More info: www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/251
BOOKSTORE SEEKING LOCAL AUTHOR BOOKS FOR SALE
Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar in Lexington is accepting local, Kentucky author books for sale on consignment.
More info: Jan@aprilword.com
OPEN MIC READING SERIES
Eastern Kentucky University professors Julie Hensley and Robert Johnson co-host an open mic reading series the first Thursday of every month (except January) at the Hardback Café inside the Richmond Centre Hastings in Richmond, Ky. The event runs 6 – 8 p.m. and is open to the public.
KY AUTHORS CONNECT
KY Authors Connect is a Facebook page set up to connect Kentucky authors with fans, educators, news media and each other.
More info: www.facebook.com/pages/KY-Authors-Connect-KAC/334530549893852
ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOPS
Building on the Fine Arts Work Center’s tradition of creative excellence and community, 24PearlStreet offers an engaging online learning experience led by nationally recognized poets and writers.
More info: www.fawc.org/24pearlstreet/
KY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE: NEW MEMBERS FOR
BOARD OF ADVISORS
The Kentucky Women Writers Conference Board of Advisors is seeking new members to serve women readers and writers. The board reflects all backgrounds and professions, not just educators and writers, and board diversity is essential to its mission. You may nominate yourself or someone else.
More info: www.uky.edu/WWK/board.html
CRESCENT HILL RADIO: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Crescent Hill Radio in Louisville, Ky., announces open submissions for guests on "From The Inkwell," a literary radio show on Crescent Hill Radio 1650am, hosted by Sheri Wright. Writers, publishers, spoken word artists or those involved in any way with writing in the Ohio Valley region are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion.
More info: www.facebook.com/pages/From-The-Inkwell/108087779243697
POETS AND WRITERS ONLINE
Find more tips and opportunities for writers online at www.pw.org
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