Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Polish Your Prose: Techniques & Tips to Improve Your Writing, taught by Savvy Communication owner and professional editor, Susan E. Lindsey. Carnegie Center, 251 W. Second St., Lexington. $35.
Nov. 10: Writer's Block Festival. Poet Maggie Smith is the keynote speaker. Other featured writers include Brian Leung, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry; Margo Buchanan, playwright; Lisa Factora-Borchers, writer, poet, and editor; Nate Marshall, author, editor, poet; and Ching-In Chen, author and editor. Craft workshops and pitch sessions require a fee; other events are free. Spalding University’s College Street Building, 812 S. Second St., Louisville.
Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Back to Basics: Creative Writing workshop, taught by Kiki Petrosino, who teaches English at University of Louisville. Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., Louisville. $10 for Speed members; $20 for non-members.
Nov. 12–17. Kentucky Book Festival events occur around Lexington from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16. The Kentucky Book Fair, one of the state's premier events for writers and readers, is Nov. 17, at Kentucky Horse Park, Alltech Arena. See details online.
Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Author Robert Webster will discuss The Beverly Hills Supper Club: The Untold Story of Kentucky’s Worst Tragedy at the Bob Kirby Branch of Warren County Public Library, 175 Iron Skillet Court, Bowling Green. Free tickets available online. For information, call 270-781-4882.
Nov. 17, 7–10 p.m. Lipstick Wars Poetry Slam. Robin G & Shasparay Lighteard host a dynamic and combustible poetry event for female competitors age 15 and up. Poets will inspire, motivate and ignite emotion as they recite original poems as they slam for cash prizes, and Lipstick Wars bragging rights. Brown Theater, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville.