Would you like to get the most out of your time at the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference? Read the Frequently Asked Questions below. Visit Tips for New Attendees (and not so new attendees).
Is the conference just for experienced writers?
The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference is geared toward writers at all levels as well as passionate readers. The schedule is very flexible, allowing participants to choose workshops that are of interest and at their experience level. Everyone is very welcoming and glad to help.
Can I attend just one or two days of the conference?
We do not offer a reduced rate for one or two days of the conference, but you should feel free to attend as much or as little as your schedule allows.
Where can I stay in Homer?
How do I get to Homer from Anchorage?
Homer is 225 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula and the shores of Kachemak Bay. By car, it is approximately 4 hours or more if there is traffic. Ravn Alaska offers “short hop” flights to and from Homer.
Is there transportation between airport, town, and Land’s End?
The conference provides a Ride Board in the main lobby that makes it easier for participants without cars to team up with those who do. There are also local taxis that provide transportation economically, especially when participants team up to take them together. The phone numbers for taxis are posted on the Ride Board. The conference does not provide transportation to Land’s End from the airport.
Can I still attend if I cannot get to Homer until Saturday?
Of course! The registration desk will be open during the entire conference. We suggest that you register online by May 1st to receive the “early bird” special rate. Advanced registration is best!
What is the weather in Homer in June?
The weather varies from sunny and warm to windy and a little wild. Our best suggestion is to bring layers of clothing to wear, especially a rain-jacket. Because the conference takes place at the tip of the beautiful Homer spit, the only thing we can guarantee is that it will be breezy and you’ll want to be able to walk on the beach which is a combination of sand and cobble just outside your door.
Do I need to sign up ahead of time for individual sessions?
You do not need to sign up in advance for panels and workshops. This gives you the flexibility to attend what sounds interesting to you at the time. You do need to sign up ahead of time for a manuscript review and email your manuscript by May 1st. When you arrive at the conference, you will also have the opportunity to sign up for a ten-minute meeting with either a literary agent or an editor (but not both). These slots are distributed throughout the four days of the conference and allocated “first come, first served.” Come to the Land’s End lobby at the time of your agent/editor meeting.
Where do I go on Friday to check into the conference?
When you arrive at Land’s End at the tip of the Homer Spit, just come right in the main hotel doors. Starting at 4:00pm, you’ll be greeted by the cheerful faces at the conference registration table and be given your conference bag and name badge. We’ll be glad to make sure you have everything you need for a successful conference.
Is there free parking at the conference?
There is free parking at Land’s End resort for conference participants.
Are there additional activities for which I can pay extra?
Manuscript review with a faculty member: $65
Kachemak Bay Cruise on Sunday morning (with breakfast and coffee): $60
Post-conference workshop (at the Tutka Bay Lodge ): $400 includes workshop, accommodations, food, and boat taxi. You can also sign up for credit with UAA upon check-in and receive the syllabus with additional requirements.
Is UAA academic credit available?
There are two options for academic credit, CWLA A497 and Eng A259. There is an additional tuition cost. You must complete a form, pay tuition fee, and pick up syllabus with requirements at the conference information table by June 9.
How do I take part in the Open Mic events for conference participants?
There is an entire process. You can read it here to prepare for the Open Mic events.
Are meals included in the conference fee?
Meals included in the conference fee are the opening night dinner, four lunches, and three receptions.
Will authors’ books be available to buy at the conference? Can I get them signed?
The Homer Bookstore graciously staffs a table in the lobby of the conference from which you can buy books by the conference faculty members. Books are also for sale at the evening readings. You should feel comfortable asking to have your book signed at any point during the conference when an author isn’t busy. The evening readings are an especially good opportunity.
How do I know who is my manuscript reviewer and how will I meet with them?
When you sign in for the conference, you will receive the name of your manuscript reviewer. During the opening dinner, faculty members will stand up when they are introduced so that you can see what they look like. At that point, you should find a time during the next day, preferably before lunch, to contact your faculty reviewer to set up a time to meet that is convenient for both of you. It is your responsibility to contact them.
Is there an opportunity to visit with the presenters during the conference?
Please feel free to engage with the presenters during the conference when you see that they have a free moment. Often the best time to talk with a faculty member is during lunch, breaks, or on Sunday morning’s boat cruise. They welcome the opportunity to visit with you.
Can my partner/spouse attend some activities with me if they are not registered?
Partners and spouses can attend the public evening readings. Unfortunately, they cannot join you for meals or attend any workshops.
Are there ways to volunteer for a reduced registration fee?
We greatly appreciate the interest to volunteer, but our conference staff typically meet our staffing needs.
Can I bring my book to sell?
We’re sorry but there is not enough space for participants to sell their books. However, we encourage participants to post book announcements on our lobby bulletin board.
Is there a printer available?
Very small documents of one or two pages can be printed at the Land’s End check-in desk.
Is there WIFI?
Yes, there is Wi-Fi during the conference.
Are the evening readings open to the public?
Yes, the evening readings are all open to the public and are free. We welcome everyone to these special events.
What should I bring to the conference?
Bring a notebook and writing utensil or a laptop. Bring your curiosity and open heart. Bring questions and hopes.
Who can I contact for additional questions?
KachemakBayWritersConf@alaska.edu and 907-235-7743
How can I stay up-to-date on conference news?
Be sure to like us on Facebook at Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference and subscribe to us on Twitter at @KachemakWriters. During the conference, we will have a hashtag for all posts and pictures on social media.