Kentucky Writers Conference

Bestselling authors and educators participating in SOKY Book Fest will teach craft workshops about everything from plotting techniques to employing poetic language to getting published on Saturday, March 26. The Kentucky Writers Conference is made possible through the generous support of Dollar General.

Registration on a mobile device not recommended. The conference is free and open to the public. Walk-in seating for open workshops is first-come, first-served on the day of the event.


The conference is free and open to the public. Walk-in seating for open workshops is first-come, first-served.

Registration is now closed. You may register onsite at the SOKY Book Fest.

Session Information:

Updated March 22, 2022 (subject to change)

Session 1: 9:00 am – 9:50 am

I’m providing every big of information I wish I’d known when I started my publishing journey. The course is aimed to:

1. Define your writing goals—even if they are different than what you originally thought

2. Figure out which publication path is right for you

3. Dissect the common terminology, frequently asked questions, and concerns around publishing a book

4. Understand exactly how you get paid and how to make money as an author

Are you ready to take the next step in publishing and seek representation? Literary Agent, Alice Speilberg will detail industry standards and best practices. The submission process can feel like its own language, come learn the language with Alice.

Session 2: 10:00 am – 10:50 am

Landing a reputable agent is a daunting challenge, and meeting an agent at a writer’s conference can make you feel like you’re on a speed date. Shelia Stovall will share tips to help you prepare and make the most of your fifteen minutes with your dream agent.

Everyone has a story to share, but sometimes the hardest part is getting started. In this workshop we will explore the conception of an idea, how to spur creativity, and finally how to take those thoughts and turn them into a tangible story.

Session 3: 11:00 am – 11:50 am

Learn to craft dialogue that rings true and ignites your creativity. Team up with your characters to defeat writer’s block and conquer adverbs. Come prepared to write and to share if you want. Bring your laptop for best results, but pencil and paper will work too.

Ginger Knight has worked in the book event industry for twenty years. For Davis-Kidd, Joseph-Beth, and Parnassus Books, she handled events with everyone from self-published authors to former presidents. If you have a book (or know you will someday) and want to know the best practices for pitching, marketing, and making friends of booksellers, this is the session for you. 

Whether you’re crafting your first book or your fiftieth, at some point you’re likely to get a little lost or disoriented. You’ll be glad in such moments that you’ve taken time to craft a book map. Join book publishing industry pro Ami McConnell as she shares her book mapping process and some of the lessons she’s learned along the way.


March 26, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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SOKY Book Fest


WKU South Campus
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101 United States
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The Kentucky Writers Conference is made possible through the generous support of Dollar General.

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