2019 Conference Schedule

(subject to change)

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

Friday November 8th, 2019

TimeKauai Ballroom 1Kauai Ballroom 2Puna Classroom 1Puna Classroom 2
7:30 – 9:00


(Registration table open 7:30 by Puna Ballroom)

Kumu Sabra Kauka and her hula halau
9:30 – 10:30Christina Baker Kline,
Greg Iles,
Meg Wolitzer
Sources of Inspiration
10:45 – 11:45Joshua Mohr,
Paula McLain,
What makes good writing good?
Mike Robbins
The Power of Authenticity
12:00 – 1:00– LUNCH –
1:15 – 2:30Nicholas Delbanco
Workshop: Voice & Point of View
Greg Iles
Workshop: Plot Structure
Richard Bausch
Workshop: Short Story
Meg Wolitzer,
Katie Davis
Workshop: Writing for Young Adults –
Oh, the People You’ve Been! Accessing Your Younger Self When Writing YA
2:45 – 4:00Amy Ferris
Workshop: Memoir
Anne Perry,
Victoria Zackheim
Workshop: Story Arc
Laura Lentz
Workshop: Writing about Sex
Ken Sherman
Workshop: Screenwriting & adapting books to film
4:15 – 5:00Whitney Scharer
How The Age of Light earned the highest price ever paid for a debut novel
 Téa Obreht
The Tigers Wife: the inside story
Mark Kurlansky
Non-fiction: Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
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 9th, 2019

TimeKauai Ballroom 1Kauai Ballroom 2Puna Classroom 1Puna Classroom 2
7:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:15Mark Kurlansky
Workshop: Nonfiction
 Lisa Wingate
Finding the sacred in the commonplace.
Christina Baker Kline
Workshop: Creating Emotion on the Page.
10:25 – 11:10Kevin Larimer
The craft and business of journalism
 Paula McLain
The Exquisite Risk: Inviting mystery, uncertainty and vulnerability into the creative process.
11:20 – 12:05Greg Iles
How and why I write
 Téa Obreht
My Writing Process
12:15 – 2:15BEACH SIDE LUNCH – Poetry Reading with Jane Hirshfield
“A Larger Yes: Poetry as a Vessel of Discovery, Mindfulness, Expansion and Engagement”
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch | 1:15 – 2:15 Poetry Reading
Under the tent at the Kalapaki Beach Luau Grounds
2:25 – 3:25Women’s Voices
Amy Ferris,
Linda Schreyer,
Anne Perry,
Victoria Zackheim,
Brooke Warner
 Carrie Feron
What Harper Collins looks for in fiction
Lisa Sharkey
What Harper Collins looks for in non-fiction
3:35 – 4:35Christina Baker Kline
Creativity (multimedia presentation)
Nicholas Delbanco
Is literature dying?
Joshua Mohr
The kiss between plot and character
Katie Davis
Picture Book Pacing: How To Get It Right
4:45 – 5:30Agents in a panel discussion on how they work. Participants
submit first paragraphs to be quickly critiqued.
 Lisa Wingate
Story telling for families. Lest we forget.
Paula McLain
The Power of Place—Setting and World Building in Long-form Fiction.
8:00 – 9:30– CONCERT –
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

– Special Guest to be announced –
Kauai Ballroom 2


Sunday November 10th

TimeKauai Ballroom 2Kauai Ballroom 3Puna classroom 1Puna classroom 2Puna classroom 3
9:00 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:30

– PITCHAPALOOZA – David Henry Sterry, Arielle Eckstut (Kauai Ballroom 1)

1:00 – 2:00Greg Iles
Workshop: Character Development
Richard Bausch
Workshop: Short Story
Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Finding & Honing Your Voice
Whitney Scharer,
Priya Parmar
Workshop: Historical Fiction
Stephanie Cabot,
Susan Golomb,
Emma Sweeney,
Alia Habib
How agents evaluate your work
2:10 – 3:10 Lisa Sharkey,
Carrie Feron
Working with your publisher
Amy Ferris,
Linda Schreyer
A funny thing happened on the way to writing the great American Novel.
Tea Obreht
Reflections on authenticity of voice and subject matter.
Ken Sherman
Does your book have film or TV potential? Some unlikely examples.
Andy Ross,
Alia Habib,
Elizabeth Kracht,
Michelle Tessler
Surviving and thriving in today’s new publishing landscape.
3:20 – 4:20Nicholas Delbanco Voice & Point of View: Lessons from the Masters Anne Perry,
Victoria Zackheim
The Art of the Crime Thriller
Stephanie Cabot,
Priya Parmar
The Author/Agent Dynamic
Meg Wolitzer
Creating Compelling  Characters
Roger Jellinek,
Kevin Larimer,
Brooke Warner
Many Paths to Publishing Success
4:30 – 5:30Brooke Warner
She Writes Press: A Model for Alternative Publishing Channels.
Meg Wolitzer
Write What’s Important To You
Katie Davis
9 Actionable Tools to Get Your BIC (Butt in Chair)