2023 Conference Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

Friday, November 10th, 2023

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

Puna and Kauai Courts
(Registration table opens at 7:30 by Puna Ballroom)

Kumu Sabra Kauka
and her hula halau
9:30 – 10:30 Billy Collins
Adventures in Poetry
Introduced by Patti Callahan Henry
10:45 – 11:45 Adriana Trigiani, Meg Wolitzer,
Joshua Mohr
Sources of Inspiration
Moderated by Kevin Larimer
12:00 – 1:00 – LUNCH –
Puna and Kauai Courts
1:15 – 2:15 Angie Kim,
Susan Golomb
Point of view: who is telling the story
Priya Parmar
Openings and Closings.
Jean Kwok,
Christina Baker Kline
The Story Solution: Strengthening the Beats of Your Plot
2:30 – 3:30 Mary Kay Andrews, Jane Green
What is a Beach Read and How To Write One.
Paula McLain, Heidi Pitlor
Workshop: Creating and Maintaining Dramatic Tension
Linda Moore, Lyn Liao Butler,
Jodi Wright
KWC veterans share their paths to publishing success.
3:45-4:45 Angie Kim,
Christina Baker Kline
Show Me, Don’t Tell Me – How to Write Stories that Come Alive on the Page
Patti Callahan Henry, Jane Green
Workshop: Creating Characters that Readers Love
Nicholas Delbanco, Elena Delbanco
Lastingness: Writing that Endures
6:00 – 9:30 – LUAU –
Dinner followed by a performance by the Punua Family

Under the tent at the Kalapaki Beach Luau Grounds


Saturday, November 11th, 2023

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

Puna and Kauai Courts

9:00 – 10:00 John Grisham, Lee Child, Scott Turow (virtual presentation)
 The Art of the Elegant Thriller
Moderator: Kevin Larimer
10:05 – 11:05 Paula McLain, Priya Parmar,
Adrienne Brodeur, Patti Callahan Henry
The Art and Practice of Paying Attention
with individual breakout sessions
Jim Burke
(Production president, Focus Features)
How I look for the film potential in a book
James Sturz
Creating a Sense of Place in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Travel Journalism
11:10 – 12:05 Mary Kay Andrews
Writing modern women’s fiction
Laura Lentz
Turning Points: cast a profound and transformative spell on a story
Lisa Sharkey
Publishing in the Zeitgeist
12:15 – 2:15 – BEACH SIDE LUNCH –
Billy Collins reading and discussing his poetry
Under the tent at the Kalapaki Beach Luau Grounds
2:30 – 3:25 Nicholas Delbanco,
Kevin Larimer
Authenticity of Voice
Jim Burke,
Christopher Vogler
Telling Stories on the Screen
Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Plaracterization – The kiss between plot and character
3:35 – 4:25 Kealoha
Hawaii Poet Laureate
Building Upon a Poetic Inspiration
Elizabeth Rosner
Keys to Successful Revision
4:35 – 5:25 Jane Green, Christina Baker Kline
Rewrite, Revise, Repeat: Improving Your Stories with Each Draft
Adrienne Brodeur
with Priya Parmar
Workshop: Memoir
 The Story of Everything
Introduced and discussed by its creator
Hawaii Poet Laureate Kealoha


Sunday, November 12th, 2023

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

A fun quick pitch competition
with Sam Horn

  Priya Parmar, Meg Wolitzer, Paula McLain
What’s holding you back and why?
Taking the leap into your best work
12:45-1:45 Kealoha
Poetry Workshop:
Melding big ideas into the fabric of everyday life
Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Finding & Honing Your Voice
Patsy Iwasaki
The creation of Hamakua Hero, a Hawaiian tragedy
1:55-2:55 Christopher Vogler
Charting Your Hero’s Journey: A Guide to Plotting and the Writing Life
Adriana Trigiani
Funny on the Page:
Infusing Humor Into your Prose
Ayesha Pande, Andy Ross, Sally Wofford-Girand, Stacey Glick
Surviving and thriving in today’s new publishing landscape
3:05-4:05 Stephanie Cabot,
Susan Golomb
How agents evaluate your work
Sam Horn
How to promote your work and yourself
4:15-5:00 Meg Wolitzer
Write what you know and love (or hate)
5:00-5:20 Closing Ceremony