2021 Conference Schedule

Breakfast and lunch are provided each day in a setting where participants and presenters mix.
This is close to the final schedule but is subject to change.

Friday, November 12th, 2021

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,
Richard Russo
Sources of Inspiration
Moderated by Kevin Larimer
10:45 – 11:45 Luis Urrea
Writing from the heart
Charles Johnson,
Nicholas Delbanco
What makes good writing good? 
12:00 – 1:00


Puna and Kauai Courts

1:15 – 2:15 Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Plaracterization –
The kiss between plot and character
Lauren Groff
Workshop: Plot Structure
Adrienne Brodeur
Workshop: Memoir
2:30 – 3:30 Amy Ferris,
Linda Schreyer
Workshop: Memoir
Amanda Eyre Ward
Workshop: Story Arc
Laura Lentz
Workshop: Writing about Sex
3:45-4:45 Jean Hanff Korelitz,
Dale Launer
Writing with the screen in mind
Sharyn Skeeter,
Charles Johnson
Biofiction: bringing historical characters to life
6:00 – 9:30 – LUAU –
Dinner followed by Punua Family performance

At the Luau Gardens under the tent.


Saturday, November 13th, 2021

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: Grab your readers’ hearts and don’t let go
David Henry Sterry,
Arielle Eckstut
Four Paths to Getting Published
Mary Roach
Workshop: Nonfiction
10:05 – 11:05 Paula McLain, Priya Parmar,
Amanda Eyre Ward
The writer’s path
with individual breakout sessions
11:10 – 12:05 Richard Russo
How and why I write
12:15 – 2:15 BEACH SIDE LUNCH
Under the tent at the Kalapaki Beach Luau Grounds
2:30 – 3:25 Women’s Voices
Amy Ferris,
Linda Schreyer,
Brooke Warner,
Adrienne Brodeur
Paula McLain
The Exquisite Risk: Inviting mystery, uncertainty and vulnerability into the creative process
Elizabeth Stark
Ellen Sussman
Those crucial first four pages
3:35 – 4:25 Stephanie Oliver
Reflections on on a life in publishing
Nicholas Delbanco
Charles Johnson
Voice and point of view
Kevin Larimer
The craft and business of journalism
4:35 – 5:25 Christina Baker Kline
Creativity (multimedia presentation)
Brooke Warner
She Writes Press: A Model for Alternative Publishing Channels
Dale Launer
How and why I wrote My Cousin Vinny
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 14th

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 –
Priya Parmar, Meg Wolitzer, Paula McLain


12:45-1:45 Richard Russo
Workshop: Character Development
Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Finding & Honing Your Voice
Michelle Tessler,
Susan Golomb,
How agents evaluate your work
1:55-2:55 Lauren Groff,
Elizabeth Stark,
Ellen Sussman
Workshop: Creating emotion on the page
  Andy Ross,
Alia Habib,
Stephanie Oliver
Surviving and thriving in today’s new publishing landscape
3:05-4:05 Luis Urrea
Why I write
Jean Hanff Korelitz
What compels readers to turn the pages?
Elizabeth Rosner
Telling stories from the inside out.
Kevin Larimer,
Brooke Warner
Many Paths to Publishing Success
4:15-5:00 Meg Wolitzer,
Richard Russo
Write what you know and love (or hate)
5:00-5:20 Closing Ceremony