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Master Classes:
November 9th-12th, 2020

 

Conference:
November 13th-15th, 2020

Master Classes:
November 9th-12th, 2020

Conference:
November 13th-15th, 2020

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2020 MASTER CLASSES

 

Beginning a Novel

Richard Russo

Identifying and overcoming challenges in writing fiction

Meg Wolitzer

Turning Life Into Art

Christina Baker Kline

Helen Simonson

Writing with Joy

Luis Urrea

The Art & Business of Getting Published

Jane Friedman

Story Quest

Laura Lentz

Writing Non-fiction

Mary Roach

Cutting & Polishing

Elizabeth Rosner

Scene Making

Elizabeth Stark

Ellen Sussman

Way of the Writer

Charles Johnson

5-Sense Psychology

Joshua Mohr

The Power of Words

Amy Ferris

Linda Schreyer

 

PUBLISHING

 

Pitch & Critique Sessions with Literary Agents & Editors

 

Vicky Bijur

Vicky Bijur Literary Agency

Regina Brooks

Serendipity Literary Agency

Suasanna Einstein

Einstein Literary Management

Jane Friedman

on business strategy

Susan Golomb

Writers House

Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston Literary

Alia Hanna Habib

The Gernert Company

Jeff Kleinman

Folio Literary Management

Kevin Larimer

Poets & Writers Magazine

Lisa Leshne

The Leshne Agency

Jay Mandel

William Morris Endeavor

Dana Newman

Dana Newman Literary

Stephanie Oliver

SSO Media

Simon & Schuster

Andy Ross

Andy Ross Literary Agency

Michelle Tessler

Tessler Literary Agency

 

 

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers Conference

Fiction | Nonfiction | Memoir | Poetry | Screenwriting | Top Authors | Literary Agents

Fiction | Nonfiction | Memoir | Poetry | Screenwriting | Top Authors | Literary Agents

Write your book. Learn from bestselling authors. Meet agents and publishers. All on beautiful Kauai.

PRIOR EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

MEET OUR FACULTY
2020 Kauai Writers Conference

Authors:

Literary Agents:

Publishing:

“I’m a veteran, and this was an exceptionally well-organized, conceptually-rich, generous, fruitful and peaceful gathering. I’m amazed that, at least from my point of view, there were no visible glitches in any of the complicated logistics. It was genuine Aloha spirit that made the Kauai magic happen.”

—2018 attendee.

 

 

The 2019 Conference will be held at the exquisite Kauai Marriott Resort

Kalapaki Bay

Lihue, Kauai

Four days of close personal guidance in small groups with living masters of their genres. Choose from Fiction, Memoir, Screenwriting, Poetry and more.

“If there be such a thing as a spirit of place, this conference has and profits from it: beauty abounding, an open-hearted generosity, a glad dedication to the work of words. You will arrive and stay enthralled.” — Nicholas Delbanco

One on one sessions with top literary agents who came to Kauai to get to know you and your work.

“As a literary agent, I’ve been to more than fifty of these conferences. Kauai Writers Conference is my absolute favorite. Usually I’m lucky if I find one author I want to represent. Last year I met seven here with real promise. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s in paradise. ” — Andy Ross

Four days of close personal guidance in small groups with living masters of their genres. Choose from Fiction, Memoir, Screenwriting, Poetry and more.

“If there be such a thing as a spirit of place, this conference has and profits from it: beauty abounding, an open-hearted generosity, a glad dedication to the work of words. You will arrive and stay enthralled.” — Nicholas Delbanco

One on one sessions with top literary agents who came to Kauai to get to know you and your work.

“As a literary agent, I’ve been to more than fifty of these conferences. Kauai Writers Conference is my absolute favorite. Usually I’m lucky if I find one author I want to represent. Last year I met seven here with real promise. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s in paradise. ” — Andy Ross

The 2019 Conference will be held at the exquisite Kauai Marriott Resort

November 9-15, 2020 | Kalapaki Bay | Lihue, Kauai

 

2020 MASTER CLASSES

 

Beginning a Novel

Richard Russo

Identifying and overcoming challenges in writing fiction

Meg Wolitzer

Turning Life Into Art

Christina Baker Kline

Helen Simonson

Writing with Joy

Luis Urrea

The Art & Business of Getting Published

Jane Friedman

Story Quest

Laura Lentz

Writing Non-fiction

Mary Roach

Cutting & Polishing

Elizabeth Rosner

Scene Making

Elizabeth Stark

Ellen Sussman

Way of the Writer

Charles Johnson

5-Sense Psychology

Joshua Mohr

The Power of Words

Amy Ferris

Linda Schreyer

 

PUBLISHING

 

Pitch & Critique Sessions with Literary Agents & Editors

 

Vicky Bijur

Vicky Bijur Literary Agency

Regina Brooks

Serendipity Literary Agency

Suasanna Einstein

Einstein Literary Management

Jane Friedman

on business strategy

Susan Golomb

Writers House

Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston Literary

Alia Hanna Habib

The Gernert Company

Jeff Kleinman

Folio Literary Management

Kevin Larimer

Poets & Writers Magazine

Lisa Leshne

The Leshne Agency

Jay Mandel

William Morris Endeavor

Dana Newman

Dana Newman Literary

Stephanie Oliver

SSO Media

Simon & Schuster

Andy Ross

Andy Ross Literary Agency

Michelle Tessler

Tessler Literary Agency

 

 

After the phenomenal success of the 2018 Kauai Writers Conference, we surveyed all attendees to ask how they liked the event. The great majority gave it five stars out of five (average rating 4.5.)

So what did folks who found room for improvement want to see changed? The number one request was for more workshops on craft. We’ve taken this to heart. This year, we will offer an expanded slate of master classes focusing on specific aspects of craft.

 

2019 MASTER CLASSES

 

The Art of Short Story

Richard Bausch

Turning Life Into Art

Christina Baker Kline

Paula McLain

Meg Wolitzer

Bringing the Past Alive

Whitney Scharer

Priya Parmar

Plot & Character

Greg Iles

Breathing Life Into Your Novel

Anne Perry

Victoria Zackheim

The Art of Non-Fiction

Mark Kurlansky

5-Sense Psychology

Joshua Mohr

Masters of Modern Fiction

Nicholas Delbanco

Cutting and Polishing

Elizabeth Rosner

The Power of Words

Amy Ferris

Linda Schreyer

Getting Ready for Publication

Andy Ross

Brooke Warner

Your Book into Film

Ken Sherman

Jim Abell

Putting Your Passion into Print

Arielle Eckstut

David Henry Sterry

 

PUBLISHING

The second most requested change was for more agents interested in a diversity of topics. We’ve increased the roster of agents to include:

 

Pitch & Critique Sessions with Literary Agents & Editors

 

Susan Golomb

Writers House

Stephanie Cabot

The Gernert Company

Alia Hanna Habib

The Gernert Company

Elizabeth Kracht

Kimberly Cameron & Associates

Andy Ross

Andy Ross Literary Agency

Ken Sherman

Ken Sherman & Associates

Brooke Warner

She Writes Press

Arielle Eskstut

The Book Doctors

Levine Greenberg Rostan

Kevin Larimer

Poets & Writers Magazine

David Sterry

The Book Doctors

Michelle Tessler

Tessler Literary Agency

 

 

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