Gathering. Each June for the past 15 years, writers have
been gathering at the tip of the Homer Spit for the Kachemak Bay Writers’
Conference. Fifteen years of keynote presenters like Maxine Hong Kingston,
Billy Collins, Anne Lamott, Michael Cunningham, Barry Lopez, Naomi Shihab Nye,
and just last year Andre Dubus III. This year’s keynoter is Natasha Trethewey,
two-term United State Poet Laureate and a really lovely person. That’s what’s
great about the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, participants get to
learn that the faculty, writers they admire, are really lovely people.
and glaciers and bald eagles all around, barriers are broken down. In
incredible workshops given by award-winning authors, participants learn from
workshop leaders, and workshop leaders learn from participants. It’s an
exhausting four days of readings, panels, and lots of in-depth instruction on
all aspects of the writing process, but one that is filled with bright moments
lucky to teach at some of them, and before that, I was lucky enough to attend
quite a few. I can tell you that the visiting faculty (and yes, the core
faculty as well) always gets as much as they give, and they always tell me on
the way to the airport that they’ve been changed by meeting the participants at
the conference. It’s a win-win-win-WIN situation.
Capó Crucet, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Forrest Gander, Lee Goodman, Richard
Hoffman, Sara Leavitt, Frank Soos, and David Stevenson. The returning core
faculty is Rich Chiappone, me, Nancy Lord, Peggy Shumaker, and Sherry Simpson.
We’ll also have agent Miriam Altshuler and editor Jane Rosenman. The entire
schedule is up at the conference website, and you’ve got until 5pm on May 2 to take advantage of the early registration discount.
person who attends the conference will come away with something fabulous to
inspire their writing for the rest of the year and beyond.