KY Literary Calendar

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Louisville SCBWI Midsouth Chit Chatters Schmooze 6:00 pm
Louisville SCBWI Midsouth Chit Chatters Schmooze @ Barnes & Noble, Café
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Anyone interested in writing for children is welcome to join us. No RSVP required. The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for critiquing. Illustrators are always welcome.
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Free Creative Writing Group 5:00 pm
Free Creative Writing Group @ Campbellsville at Taylor County Public Library
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Local writer and workshop leader Kathy Skaggs has nearly 20 years experience leading writing workshops and is a certified leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists writing group method. Suitable for writers of all abilities and … Continue reading "Free Creative Writing Group"
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Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum 6:00 pm
Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum @ Wild Fig Books & Coffee
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reading hour with free snacks and books for kids
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Library Writers’ Group 6:30 pm
Library Writers’ Group @ Woodford County Library
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(Teens and adults) Join this fun group of fellow wordsmiths and kick start your imagination with creative writing exercises. All levels of experience welcome.
Women Who Write 6:30 pm
Women Who Write @ Highlands Branch of the Jefferson County Public Library
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our goal is to encourage, support, and educate all women who aspire to write. Our group is diverse and dynamic. Whether you’re just starting out, a newly published writer, or in the middle of your … Continue reading "Women Who Write"
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10th Annual Next Great Writers Contest: Deadline 5:00 pm
10th Annual Next Great Writers Contest: Deadline @ Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
May 5 @ 5:00 pm
Writers are invited to submit manuscripts of fiction or nonfiction prose  (up to 2,000 words) or poetry (up to 5 poems). Please include a $10 fee  per entry, payable to the Carnegie Center. Entries should … Continue reading "10th Annual Next Great Writers Contest: Deadline"
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Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique & More 10:30 am
Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique & More @ Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
May 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
If you’re serious about your writing, you’ll want to hear some helpful tips before you attend the Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference. We’ll discuss how to pitch to an agent, what to expect from Conference Idol, and … Continue reading "Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique & More"
Point of View 12:00 pm
Point of View @ Carnegie Center
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
This class will explore how point of view can best be used to create a deeper, more satisfying reading experience. We will go over the basics of POV, including all the most common usages in … Continue reading "Point of View"
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Memory Keepers Writing Group 2:30 pm
Memory Keepers Writing Group @ Scott County Public Library
May 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Memory Keepers Writing Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Focused on writing memoirs or family history, this time is dedicated to writing, sharing and learning together.
Free Creative Writing Group 5:00 pm
Free Creative Writing Group @ Campbellsville at Taylor County Public Library
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Local writer and workshop leader Kathy Skaggs has nearly 20 years experience leading writing workshops and is a certified leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists writing group method. Suitable for writers of all abilities and … Continue reading "Free Creative Writing Group"
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Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum 6:00 pm
Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum @ Wild Fig Books & Coffee
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reading hour with free snacks and books for kids
Writing Critique Night 6:00 pm
Writing Critique Night @ Joseph-Beth Bookseller
May 10 @ 6:00 pm
Read a page of your work and get feedback from a panel of authors, editors. and agents. Space is limited. First come, first served. Panelists TBA [ALL LEVELS] Bring one page (250 words; double-spaced, 12-point … Continue reading "Writing Critique Night"
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Library Writers’ Group 6:30 pm
Library Writers’ Group @ Woodford County Library
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(Teens and adults) Join this fun group of fellow wordsmiths and kick start your imagination with creative writing exercises. All levels of experience welcome.
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Kentucky Women Writers Preview Party 4:00 pm
Kentucky Women Writers Preview Party @ Wild Fig Books & Coffee
May 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kentucky Women Writers Preview Party @ Wild Fig Books & Coffee | Springfield | Ohio | United States
Join us for appetizers and wine, meet our Board, and browse books by authors coming to KWWC2017, including Claire Vaye Watkins, Natalie Diaz, Camille Dungy, Jessica Handler, Elena Passarello, and Melynda J. Price. Drawing for … Continue reading "Kentucky Women Writers Preview Party"
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Free Creative Writing Group 5:00 pm
Free Creative Writing Group @ Campbellsville at Taylor County Public Library
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Local writer and workshop leader Kathy Skaggs has nearly 20 years experience leading writing workshops and is a certified leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists writing group method. Suitable for writers of all abilities and … Continue reading "Free Creative Writing Group"
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Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum 6:00 pm
Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum @ Wild Fig Books & Coffee
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reading hour with free snacks and books for kids
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Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision May Reading 6:00 pm
Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision May Reading @ About 21c Museum Hotel Louisville
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision May Reading @ About 21c Museum Hotel Louisville | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
– On Thursday evening, May 18, the Spalding University low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program in collaboration with 21c Museum Hotel resumes its annual reading series, “Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision,” Readers … Continue reading "Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision May Reading"
Library Writers’ Group 6:30 pm
Library Writers’ Group @ Woodford County Library
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(Teens and adults) Join this fun group of fellow wordsmiths and kick start your imagination with creative writing exercises. All levels of experience welcome.
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Louisville Story Program Write-A-Thon 10:00 am
Louisville Story Program Write-A-Thon @ Louisville Story Program
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Louisville Story Program Write-A-Thon @ Louisville Story Program | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Update: This event was included in the Kentucky Literary Newsletter with the end time of “6:00 pm”, however the event will end at 5:00 pm. Louisville Story Program invites the public to register for and participate … Continue reading "Louisville Story Program Write-A-Thon"
Humor Writing: Parody & Satire 10:30 am
Humor Writing: Parody & Satire @ Carnegie Center
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Humor takes many forms, including parody (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Naked Gun movies) and satire (Animal Farm, TV’s The Daily Show). In this class, New York Times bestseller Andrew Shaffer– the author of … Continue reading "Humor Writing: Parody & Satire"
Berea Writers Circle 1:30 pm
Berea Writers Circle @ Berea Branch of the Madison County Public Library
May 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
The Berea Writers Circle meets on the third Saturday of the month. Each meeting features a program to foster good writing. The BWC welcomes writers of genres, published and unpublished. We also coordinate critique groups that meet … Continue reading "Berea Writers Circle"
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Memory Keepers Writing Group 2:30 pm
Memory Keepers Writing Group @ Scott County Public Library
May 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Memory Keepers Writing Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Focused on writing memoirs or family history, this time is dedicated to writing, sharing and learning together.
Free Creative Writing Group 5:00 pm
Free Creative Writing Group @ Campbellsville at Taylor County Public Library
May 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Local writer and workshop leader Kathy Skaggs has nearly 20 years experience leading writing workshops and is a certified leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists writing group method. Suitable for writers of all abilities and … Continue reading "Free Creative Writing Group"
Kentucky Great Writers Series: Marcia Thornton Jones, Robert Gipe, Crystal Wilkinson 6:00 pm
Kentucky Great Writers Series: Marcia Thornton Jones, Robert Gipe, Crystal Wilkinson @ Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
May 23 @ 6:00 pm
The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects authors to readers and writers in an intimate atmosphere. Mark your calendar for these upcoming reading events. You won’t want to miss it! Each event starts at 6:00 PM … Continue reading "Kentucky Great Writers Series: Marcia Thornton Jones, Robert Gipe, Crystal Wilkinson"
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Monthly Book Discussion 5:30 pm
Monthly Book Discussion @ The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
May 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for discussion of contemporary and classic novels as well as nonfiction, plays, and poetry chosen by the group.
Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum 6:00 pm
Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum @ Wild Fig Books & Coffee
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reading hour with free snacks and books for kids
Talking to the Sun Poetry Series 7:00 pm
Talking to the Sun Poetry Series @ Minglewood
May 24 @ 7:00 pm
Monthly Poetry Series to be held at Minglewood on North Limestone.
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Library Writers’ Group 6:30 pm
Library Writers’ Group @ Woodford County Library
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(Teens and adults) Join this fun group of fellow wordsmiths and kick start your imagination with creative writing exercises. All levels of experience welcome.
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Young Writers’ Workshop 2:00 pm
Young Writers’ Workshop @ Hopkins Co. Library in Mall
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Experienced writing workshop leader offers monthly option to teens 14 and over, as well as adult writers for young adults to come to a free writers’ workshop held monthly for prompts, immediate writing and critiques.
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing 5:15 pm
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing @ Egan Leadership Center (Troutman Lectorium)
May 27 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing @ Egan Leadership Center (Troutman Lectorium) | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Spalding University’s MFA in Writing Program presents readings by the following faculty: Elaine Orr (fiction), Neela Vaswani (fiction, creative nonfiction), Greg Pape (poetry), Judy Lisberger (fiction), and Eleanor Morse (fiction)
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Community Workshop for Creative Writers: Crystal Wilkinson, leader
Community Workshop for Creative Writers: Crystal Wilkinson, leader @ Spalding University
May 28 – Jun 1 all-day
Community Workshop for Creative Writers: Crystal Wilkinson, leader @ Spalding University | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
This is a five-day class that starts on May 28th and runs until June 1st. Award-winning Kentucky author Crystal Wilkinson is set to lead a community workshop for creative writers this spring, offered through Spalding … Continue reading "Community Workshop for Creative Writers: Crystal Wilkinson, leader"
Spalding MFA in Writing – Open House 12:45 pm
Spalding MFA in Writing – Open House @ Spalding University
May 28 @ 12:45 pm – 6:45 pm
Spalding MFA in Writing - Open House @ Spalding University | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Prospective students of Spalding University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program are invited to experience a half day of the residency at an open house on Sunday afternoon, May 28. Open House visitors … Continue reading "Spalding MFA in Writing – Open House"
Spalding’s Distinguished Visiting Writer Presentation, Featuring Kwame Alexander 5:30 pm
Spalding’s Distinguished Visiting Writer Presentation, Featuring Kwame Alexander @ The Brown Hotel, 16th Floor, Gallery Ballroom
May 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Spalding’s Distinguished Visiting Writer Presentation, Featuring Kwame Alexander @ The Brown Hotel, 16th Floor, Gallery Ballroom | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Spalding University’s MFA in Writing Program features Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Crossover, in its Distinguished Visiting Writer presentation and Q&A. Book signing to follow.
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Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing 5:30 pm
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing @ Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center (Troutman Lectorium)
May 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing @ Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center (Troutman Lectorium) | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Spalding University’s MFA in Writing Program presents readings by the following faculty: Crystal Wilkinson (fiction), Leslea Newman (writing for children & young adults), Leslie Daniels (fiction), Charlie Schulman (playwriting and screenwriting), and Silas House (fiction)
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Free Creative Writing Group 5:00 pm
Free Creative Writing Group @ Campbellsville at Taylor County Public Library
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Local writer and workshop leader Kathy Skaggs has nearly 20 years experience leading writing workshops and is a certified leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists writing group method. Suitable for writers of all abilities and … Continue reading "Free Creative Writing Group"
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing 5:30 pm
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing @ Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center (Troutman Lectorium)
May 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing @ Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center (Troutman Lectorium) | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Spalding University’s MFA in Writing Program presents readings by the following faculty: Beth Bauman (writing for children & young adults), Kiki Petrosino (poetry), Eric Schmiedl (playwriting), Kathleen Driskell (poetry), and Sena Jeter Naslund (fiction)
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Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum 6:00 pm
Wild Fig Wednesdays w/ Lexpecto Patronum @ Wild Fig Books & Coffee
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reading hour with free snacks and books for kids

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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