Women writers conference at UCA

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference will host its third annual event Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. 

The conference is open to all, though it will cater to women-identifying writers from all genres and all experience levels, from journalism to mass market books to literary endeavors and beyond. The conference’s goal is to provide a space for camaraderie, connection-making and inspiration.

“It has been wonderful to see writers who attended our first two conferences going on to form literary friendships and to find success in their writing lives,” said Sandy Longhorn, conference director. “We look forward to welcoming many of them back again this year.”

Saturday will feature a lunchtime reading at 12:15 p.m. in the McCastlain Hall Ballroom, from Jami Attenberg, whose seventh book, the novel “All This Could Be Yours,” debuted in the U.S. on Oct. 22. “All This Could Be Yours” has already received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.

Several registration options are available. For $100, conference attendees may register for the conference only. For $135, attendees may register for the conference plus the pre-conference workshop or the conference plus an editorial consultation. Registration fees include access to events, on-site catering and parking passes. Conference organizers seek to ensure that all events are accessible and inclusive. Attendees may also choose to attend the Saturday lunchtime event only, featuring a talk from Jami Attenberg and a buffet lunch, for $25. To register for the conference, visit cdwrightconference.org/conference.

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference is named in honor of C.D. Wright (1949–2016), one of America’s foremost poets. Wright was born in Mountain Home and published more than a dozen books in her lifetime. 

The conference is part of the University of Central Arkansas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.