The 2021 Kauai Writers Conference has been postponed until November, 2022, due to the pandemic and new Hawaii regulations. More information and registration for the rescheduled event will be available soon on this page.

Our online programs have been greatly expanded. We invite you to learn about them here.

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