For the past twelve years, the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference has brought authors and fans of literature together to share their love of writing with one another. Carol Swartz is the organizer for the conference. She says that it was initially only supposed to be a one-off event.
"Some of the other annual writers' gatherings that had been ... happening in the 80s and 90s has stopped happening ... and so there was really an opportunity in Homer ... for celebrating the written word," said Swartz.
Erin Hollowell is a frequent attendee of the conference who is also assisting in setting it up this year. She says that one of her favorite aspects is that there is a connection made between the attendees and the speakers.
"Each time I've come ... I am increasingly astonished at the incredible caliber of the faculty ... and also how incredibly open they are," said Hollowell.
Hollowell says the conference has changed rather significantly since its inception. In addition to attracting a much wider audience from across the state, it has also expanded to include people involved in the business side of writing.
In addition to the multitude of activities that the conference features, it also hosts a keynote speaker. This year’s speaker is poet Naomi Shihab Nye, someone who both Swartz and Hollowell say they are very excited to have attending the conference.
The Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference will take place in Homer June 14th through the 18th. For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit www.writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.