The updated 2021 schedule will be posted in months to come.

2019 Conference Schedule

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

Friday, November 8th, 2019

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


Puna and Kauai Courts

(Registration table open 7:30 by Puna Ballroom)

Kumu Sabra Kauka
and her hula halau
9:30 – 10:30 Meg Wolitzer,
Christina Baker Kline,
Greg Iles
Sources of Inspiration
Moderated by Kevin Larimer
10:45 – 11:45 Mike Robbins
The Power of Authenticity
Joshua Mohr,
Nicholas Delbanco
What makes good writing good? 
12:00 – 1:00


Puna and Kauai Courts

1:15 – 2:15   Greg Iles
Workshop: Plot Structure
Richard Bausch
Workshop: Short Story
Ken Sherman
Workshop: Screenwriting & adapting books to film
2:30 – 3:30 Amy Ferris,
Linda Schreyer
Workshop: Memoir
Anne Perry,
Victoria Zackheim
Workshop: Story Arc
Laura Lentz
Workshop: Writing about Sex
Meg Wolitzer,
Katie Davis
Workshop: Writing for Young Adults –
Oh, the People You’ve Been! Accessing Your Younger Self When Writing YA
3:45-4:45 Téa Obreht
The Tigers Wife: the inside story
6:00 – 9:30 – LUAU –
Dinner followed by Punua Family performance

At the Luau Gardens under the tent.


Saturday, November 9th, 2019

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


Puna and Kauai Courts

9:00 – 10:00   Christina Baker Kline,
Amanda Eyre Ward
Workshop: Creating Emotion on the Page
David Henry Sterry,
Arielle Eckstut
Four Paths to Getting Published
Mark Kurlansky
Workshop: Nonfiction
10:05 – 11:05 Paula McLain, Priya Parmar,
Whitney Scharer,
Amanda Eyre Ward
The writer’s path
with individual breakout sessions
11:10 – 12:05 Greg Iles
How and why I write
  Joshua Mohr
The kiss between plot and character
12:15 – 2:15 BEACH 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
2:30 – 3:25 Women’s Voices
Amy Ferris,
Linda Schreyer,
Anne Perry,
Victoria Zackheim,
Brooke Warner
Paula McLain
The Exquisite Risk: Inviting mystery, uncertainty and vulnerability into the creative process
Katie Davis
9 Actionable Tools to Get Your BIC (Butt in Chair)
Carrie Feron,
Lisa Sharkey
What Harper Collins looks for in fiction and nonfiction
3:35 – 4:25 Tea Obreht
Reflections on authenticity of voice and subject matter
Nicholas Delbanco
Elena Delbanco
Writing in our Latter Decades
Kevin Larimer
The craft and business of journalism
Anne Perry,
Victoria Zackheim
The Art of the Crime Thriller
4:35 – 5:25 Christina Baker Kline
Creativity (multimedia presentation)
Brooke Warner
She Writes Press: A Model for Alternative Publishing Channels
Richard Bausch
Workshop: Short Story
Mark Kurlansky
Non-fiction: Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
8:00 – 9:30 – CONCERT –
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Very special guest to be announced​
Under the tent at the Kalapaki Beach Luau Gardens


Sunday, November 10th

Time Kauai Ballroom 2 Kauai Ballroom 1 Puna classroom 1 Puna classroom 2
9:00 – 11:00


With tables hosted by participants with unique stories
Puna and Kauai Courts

11:00 – 12:30


David Henry Sterry, Arielle Eckstut
A quick pitch competition



– Our Writing Process –
Tea Obreht, Meg Wolitzer, Paula McLain


12:45-1:45 Greg Iles
Workshop: Character Development
  Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Finding & Honing Your Voice
Stephanie Cabot,
Susan Golomb,
How agents evaluate your work
1:55-2:55 Whitney Scharer,
Priya Parmar
Workshop: Historical Fiction
  Ken Sherman
Does your book have film or TV potential? Some unlikely examples.
Andy Ross,
Lisa Sharkey,
Carrie Feron
Alia Habib,
Michelle Tessler
Surviving and thriving in today’s new publishing landscape
3:05-4:05 Stephanie Cabot,
Priya Parmar
The Author/Agent Dynamic
Nicholas Delbanco
Workshop: Voice & Point of View
Katie Davis
Picture Book Pacing: How To Get It Right
Roger Jellinek,
Kevin Larimer,
Brooke Warner
Many Paths to Publishing Success
4:15-5:00 Meg Wolitzer
Write What’s Important To You
5:00-5:20 Closing Ceremony