The 2019 schedule will be posted soon.

It will be similar to 2018, with more sessions devoted to specific aspects of craft.

Early registrants will be notified as soon as the schedule comes online.


2018 Conference Schedule

Breakfast and lunch are provided each day in a setting where participants and presenters mix.

Friday November 9th, 2018

Time Kauai Ballroom 3 Kauai Ballroom 1 Puna Ballroom
7:00 – 9:00


(Registration table open 7:30 by Puna Ballroom)

Kumu Sabra Kauka and her hula halau
9:30 – 10:15 Scott Turow
Sources of Inspiration
10:30 – 11:45 Jon Fine
The Elephant in the Room (Amazon)
April Eberhardt
Brooke Warner
The many paths to publication.
12:00 – 1:15 – LUNCH –
1:15 – 2:00 Jane Smiley
Writers’ journeys. Forging careers through changing lives and changing times
2:15 – 3:30 Kristin Hannah, Christina Baker Kline, Alice Hoffman:
Conveying emotion in fiction
Ellen Bass
Roxan McDonald
Diving into the Unknown
(Poetry and Prose)
3:45 – 5:00 Garth Stein
The Art of Never Giving Up
Jane Smiley, Kristin Hannah, Kaui Hemmings, Nicholas Delbanco
The importance of place.
Sara Gruen
Emma Sweeney
Agent and author conversation: How we work together.
6:00 – 9:30 – LUAU –
Dinner followed by Punua Family performance

At the Luau Gardens by the beach.
(Ballroom 2 in case of rain)

Saturday November 10th, 2018

Time Kauai Ballroom 3 Kauai Ballroom 1 Puna Ballroom
7:00 – 9:00 – BREAKFAST –
9:00 – 9:50 Sara Gruen
Garth Stein
Writing about animals
Jamie Raab,
Jon Fine,
Bronwen Hruska
Today’s New Publishing
Landscape. A blessing and a curse.
Debbie Augenthaler
Workshop: Writing Our Grief Stories
10:00 – 11:15  Josh Mohr, Amy Ferris,
Linda Schreyer
Writing the truly memorable memoir: a workshop.
Scott Turow,
Christina Baker Kline,
Priya Parmar
The sound on the page: making prose sing
Andy Ross,
Bronwen Hruska
How editors and publishers think
11:30 – 12:15 Alice Hoffman
Creating a fictional world
12:15 – 1:30 – LUNCH –
1:30 – 2:30 Jeff Arch,
Scott Turow,
Kaui Hemmings,
Sara Gruen,
Steve Fisher
The Winding Road from Book to Film
Arielle Eckstut,
David Sterry
Marketing your book after publication
2:45 – 3:45 Nicholas Delbanco
The Importance of Voice and Point of View
Christina Baker Kline
Finding your Subject: A case study. (multimedia presentation)
Joshua Mohr
The kiss between plot and character
4:00 – 5:15 Agents in a panel discussion on how they work. Participants
submit first paragraphs to be quickly critiqued.
Jeff Arch
How a school teacher wrote Sleepless in Seattle without losing too much sleep.
Laura Lentz
Story Quest: making your book a Hero’s Journey
8:00 – 9:30 – CONCERT –
Makana: Master of Hawaiian slack key guitar

Kauai Ballroom 2


Sunday November 11th

Time Kilohana Restaurant Marriott Ballroom 1 Marriott Ballroom 3
8:40 – 10:30 BRUNCH at KILOHANA
Group 1 (last names beginning with A-L)

Three buses depart from Marriott main entrance at 8:40, 8:50, and 9:00 and return at about 10:30
9:00 – 10:30
Group 2
David Henry Sterry,
Arielle Eckstut
10:30 – 12:30 BRUNCH at KILOHANA
Group  2 (last names beginning with M-Z)

Three buses depart from Marriott main entrance at 10:30, 10:40, and 10:50 and return at about 12:30
11:00 – 12:30
Group 1
David Henry Sterry,
Arielle Eckstut
1:00 – 1:50 Scott Turow,
Joshua Mohr
Workshop on the intersection of character and plot
Mindy Pennybacker, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Don Wallace, Honolulu Magazine
Hawaii Journalism
2:00 – 2:50 Jane Smiley,
Molly Friedrich
The secrets of prolific authors
Andy Ross,
Alia Habib,
Emma Sweeney
How agents evaluate
your work
3:00 – 3:50 Alice Hoffman,
Christina Baker Kline,
Kaui Hart Hemmings,
The importance of place
Ellen Bass,
Roxan McDonald
Discovery: Diving into the Unknown
(Poetry and Prose)
4:00 – 4:50 Nicholas Delbanco
Elena Delbanco
Lastingness: Writing in our latter decades
Sara Gruen,
Garth Stein,
Jeff Kleinman,
Workshop on character
5:30 – 6:00 – FAREWELL –
Marriott luau gardens
(Ballroom 1 in case of rain)