The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage has announced that registration is open for the 2013 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference to be held June 14-18 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. This year’s keynote presenter will be poet Naomi Shihab Nye.
The conference will feature 17 other award-winning, nationally-recognized authors, editors and agents who will conduct creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing. The 2013 conference’s presenting writers will be Rich Chiappone, John Daniel, Nora Marks Dauenhauer (Alaska State Writer Laureate), Joy Harris, Sean Hill, Ann Hood, Sara Loewen, Nancy Lord, Karen McElmurray, Melinda Moustakis, Nicole Stellon O’Donnel, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Alexis Rizzuto, Eva Saulitis, Peggy Shumaker, Sherry Simpson and Deb Vanasse.
Optional activities include manuscript reviews, editor-agent consultations, receptions, a boat cruise and open “mic”. Evening readings on June 15-17 by visiting writers will be open to the general public at no charge. A special post-conference writing workshop, Nature Across the Genres, will be held at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge for conference registrants with John Daniel.
The early registration fee is $375, space available, and must be made by May 4. After that, if slots remain, the price will be $395. There is a special UA admitted student rate. Advanced registration is required. For program and registration information see: writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.
Organizers say it is also important to arrange accommodations for the event early, as Homer tends to have a great number of tourists during June.