2022 Conference Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

Friday, November 11th, 2022

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

Puna Foyer

Puna and Kauai Courts

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 Marta F Kauffman
(Creator and writer of Friends
and Grace and Frankie)
Creating characters that people love
Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Plaracterization –
The kiss between plot and character
12:00 – 1:00 – LUNCH –
Puna and Kauai Courts
1:15 – 2:15 Charles Johnson, Luis Urrea
Nicholas Delbanco
(former chairs of the
National Book Award fiction panel)
What makes good writing good?
Adrienne Brodeur
Workshop: Memoir
2:30 – 3:30 Sam Horn
Promoting and Marketing Your Book
Amy Ferris
Workshop: Memoir
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
Alka Joshi
My journey to writing bestsellers at 62
6:00 – 9:30 – LUAU –
Performance by the Punua Family

Beachside tent at the Luau Garden


Saturday, November 12th, 2022

Time Kauai Ballroom 2 Kauai Ballroom 1 Puna Ballroom
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
Jim Burke
(Production president of Focus Features)
How I look for the film potential in a book
10:05 – 11:05 Paula McLain, Priya Parmar,
Amanda Eyre Ward
The Writer’s Path
with individual breakout sessions
David Paul Kirkpatrick
(Former President of Paramount Pictures),
Jim Burke
(Production president, Focus Features)
The winding path from book to film
11:10 – 12:05 Richard Russo, Luis Urrea
How and why we write
12:15 – 2:15 – BEACH SIDE LUNCH –
Under the tent at the Kalapaki Beach Luau Grounds
Special guest Stuart Coleman, author of Eddie Would Go
2:30 – 3:25 Elizabeth Stark
Ellen Sussman
Those crucial first four pages
Paula McLain
The Exquisite Risk: Inviting mystery, uncertainty and vulnerability into the creative process
Women’s Voices
Amy Ferris,
Brooke Warner,
Adrienne Brodeur
3:35 – 4:25 Nicholas Delbanco
Charles Johnson
Voice and point of view
Elizabeth Stark,
Ellen Sussman
Workshop: Creating emotion on the page
Kevin Larimer
The craft and business of journalism
4:35 – 5:25 Dale Launer
How and why I wrote My Cousin Vinny
Brooke Warner with attendees who have published books
Many Paths to Publishing Success
Christina Baker Kline
Creativity (multimedia presentation)
Mission: Joy
Finding Happiness in Troubled Times.
The friendship between His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


Sunday, November 13th, 2022

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

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

11:00 – 12:30

Sam Horn
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 Priya Parmar
Workshop on opening lines
Debra Engle,
Alan Cohen
Spiritual Writing:
Matters of the Heart and Soul
Andy Ross,
Kevin Larimer
Surviving and thriving in today’s new publishing landscape
3:05-4:05 Luis Urrea
Writing from the Heart
Jean Hanff Korelitz
What compels readers to turn the pages?
Elizabeth Rosner
Telling stories from the inside out.
4:15-5:00 Meg Wolitzer,
Richard Russo
Write what you know and love (or hate)
5:00-5:20 Closing Ceremony