Writers’ conference a tremendous success

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College would like to extend its sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the many individuals, agencies and businesses whose generous grants, donations and in-kind support made our 15th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference such a tremendous success! Over 125 writers, students, teachers, literary enthusiasts and readers from Homer as well as throughout Alaska and the lower 48 spent 4 days together within a context of shared experiences of workshops, informal conversations, discussions, craft talks, open mics and readings. Participants left with a renewed appreciation and passion for the written word, new friends, new resources, new ‘tools” and incredible inspiration. One person commented that “there was a cohesive sense of purpose and celebration of writing by everyone in all forms” and another shared that “the stellar and diversity of presenters was awesome”. For 15 years, this conference has fostered a vibrant literary community in our State and as such, a strengthened understanding of the evermore critical role that literature plays in our complex world.

This highly- acclaimed, educational and cultural experience could not have been made possible without the assistance and significant contributions from many including: Advance Printing, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Coastal Marine, Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska State Council on the Arts, KBC Caroline M. Coons Fund, Barbara Baugh, Bay Excursions, Lucy Cutting, Ravn Alaska, Maury and Agnes Coyle, Alaska Women’s Network, Eleanor Andrews, First National Bank Alaska, Friends of the Homer Library, Homer News, Gary Klopfer, Karen Hunt, KBBI, Land’s End Resort, Peninsula Clarion, Peter and Jo Michalski, Save-U-More, Peggy Shumaker/Joe Usibelli, The Homer Bookstore, Two Sisters Bakery, Tutka Bay Lodge, Fran Ulmer, University of Alaska BP/Conoco Fund, University of Alaska Anchorage’s Chancellor office and the Usibelli Foundation. Thank you all!

See you next year, June 9-13, 2017.

Carol Swartz, Campus Director

Kachemak Bay Campus-
Kenai Peninsula College/UAA