2020 Books-in-Progress Conference

  • Venue:
    The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
  • Meets On:
        Fridays, June 5 - June 7
  • Address:
    251 W. Second Street
    Lexington, KY, 40507

The 2020 Books-in-Progress Conference featuring keynote speaker Ada Limón is June 5-7, 2020, with optional pre-conference sessions and a welcome reception.

Immerse yourself in craft and business workshops led by top authors and writing professionals. Topics include revision, fiction, nonfiction, YA, publishing, and more.

The Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference also offers participants the rare opportunities to pitch their book ideas to notable literary agents.

Read below for more details. Preliminary Conference agenda coming soon.


Conference Registration

Early Bird rates (available through April 17):

After April 17:

Optional add-ons:

  • Additional $75 for the pre-conference retreat (see below)
  • Additional $25 for a one-on-one session with a literary agent (see below)
  • Additional $30 for the post-conference retreat (see below)

Cancellation Policy: $50 of the conference fee is non-refundable. No refunds after May 11. No refunds can be issued for add-ons (literary agent meeting, pre-conference retreat).

Click here to register for the 2020 Books-in-Progress Conference and choose optional add-ons.


Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More

If you’re serious about your writing, you’ll want to hear some helpful tips before you attend the Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference. Jennifer Mattox, Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator, will discuss how to pitch to an agent, what to expect from the First Page Critique Panel, and ways networking with the literary community can benefit you. This free class is only available with registration to the 2020 Books-in-Progress Conference.

Option one: Click here to add Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More (in-person) to your conference registration.

Option two: Click here to add Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More (pre-recorded webinar) to your conference registration.


Conference Retreat

Optional add-on; limited spots; $75

Thursday, June 4, 10:00 am-5:00 pm: Begin your morning with movement and inspiration in a Writing & Yoga class. Enjoy an afternoon learning about Character & Place with 2019 Conference favorite and University of Kentucky Director of Creative Writing Hannah Pittard. Lunch on your own (12:00-1:00 pm).

Pre-Conference Retreat: Character & Place with Hannah Pittard

This master class in fiction writing will concentrate on character and place. We will read; we will write; we will discuss frustrations and ideas, limitations and breakthroughs. Participants are welcome to attend with characters and places in mind; they are also welcome to come with nothing more than a pen and a piece of paper. This will be an informative and reading- and writing-intensive workshop. Participation is encouraged.

$75 for pre-conference retreat. The retreat is ONLY available to full conference participants. There are limited slots available. Click here to add the pre-conference retreat to your conference registration.


Welcome Reception

Free for Conference participants

Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 pm: Come meet your fellow conference-goers and even some of the presenters. We will open check-in early for all those who join us, nibble on food-by-the bite, and sip on wine, bourbon, and beer. At 6:30 pm, enjoy being part of the audience for the Carnegie Center Author Academy Class of 2020 Reading and Commencement Ceremony.


Literary Agent Pitch

Optional add-on; limited space; $25; ONLY ONE AGENT SESSION ALLOWED PER PARTICIPANT

$25 for 10-minute meeting. One-on-one meetings are ONLY available to full conference participants. Limited slots are available. Please choose only one agent – only one pitching session per participant.


Post-Conference Writing Retreat

Optional add-on; limited spots; $30

On Saturday, June 6, join Marcia Thornton Jones for a post-conference Writing retreat. Don’t wait to put what you learned during the conference into practice! This post-conference retreat will begin with a short group-sharing of conference highlights and goal-setting to help you continue the momentum inspired by your conference experience. Writing prompts will be offered to help propel your writing into high-gear! Bring your lunch and wrap-up your conference experience with a refreshing and inspiring retreat.