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Event submissions and listings are not limited to Lexington, and organizers from across the state are encouraged to submit.
Note: Events listed as “Repeats” may require attendance at all event instances. To check, please contact the event’s organizer.
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We use Event Categories to describe the format of the event, but not the content. Please note that, as you submit events, they may be recategorized according to the website administrator’s discretion.
- Reading Reception: A reading, such an author reading or a poetry slam.
- Reading Discussion: A discussion of a reading, such as a book club.
- Writing Instruction: A class in which an instructor is giving guidance, specifically about the act of writing, whether that be poetry, prose, or a specific genre of fiction.
- Writing Feedback: An event where people are given constructive feedback on their writing, such as in a workshop or a writing group.
- Book Signing: Any event where an author is signing a copy of his or her book, such as at a reading.
- Open Mic: Any event that allows for the public to read one of their works. Be sure to read the event information because most open mics have specific sign-up instructions and a time limit.
- Publishing: Any event concerned with getting work published, such as a networking event, a conference, or a class.
- Writing Business: Any event dedicated to the business aspects of the writing world.
- Contest Deadline: Any contest, whether paid or free, that relates to the literary world. This primarily includes contests by publishers but may also include scholarships for writing events or schools.
- Question & Answer Session: Any event which includes, as a part or the main feature, a “question and answer” session.
- Art Exhibition: This is an event in which art will be displayed, such as at a gallery. This may be included on our calendar when it involves things like poetry broadsides, art inspired by a book, or a combination of literary art and visual art.
- Writer Networking: Any event intended on getting writers to network with each other or professionals.
- Conference: A formalized writing event that often takes more than one day; includes seminars, workshops, or Q&A sessions; any requires registration. Examples include AWP and the Books-in-Progress Conference.
- Festival: Community gatherings based around a theme. Festivals don’t generally require registration or have strict programming. Examples include the Kentucky Book Festival, Writer’s Block Festival, or any type of “Book Fair”.
- Retreat: A gathering at a set location for a lengthy amount of time, such as a weekend or a full week.
Tags describe the content of the event, not the format. Events may have multiple tags and we encourage as comprehensive a listing as is necessary.
Please note that, as you submit events, they may be retagged according to the website administrator’s discretion.