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
Sources of Inspiration
Moderated by Kevin Larimer
12:00 – 1:00 – LUNCH –
Puna and Kauai Courts
1:15 – 2:15 Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Plaracterization –
The kiss between plot and character
Priya Parmar
Workshop: Openings and Closings.
Adrienne Brodeur
Workshop: Memoir
2:30 – 3:30 Mary Kay Andrews, Jane Green
What is a Beach Read and How To Write One.
Paula McLain
Workshop: Creating and Maintaining Dramatic Tension
Laura Lentz
Workshop: Writing Your Life
3:45-4:45 Nicholas Delbanco, Elena Delbanco
Lastingness: Writing that Endures
Patti Callahan Henry, Jane Green
Workshop: Creating Characters that Readers Love
James Sturz
Creating a Sense of Place in
Fiction and Travel Journalism.
6:00 – 9:30 – LUAU –
Dinner followed Performance by the Punua Family

At the Luau Gardens under the tent


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
10:05 – 11:05 Paula McLain, Priya Parmar,
Adrienne Brodeur, Patti Callahan Henry
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 Mary Kay Andrews,
Writing modern women’s fiction
 Jim Burke
(Production president of Focus Features)
How I look for the film potential in a book
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
  Jean Kwok,
Christina Baker Kline
Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: How to Write Stories that Come Alive on the Page
3:35 – 4:25 Kealoha
Hawaii Poet Laureate
Building Upon a Poetic Inspiration
Angie Kim
Susan Golomb
Point of View: Who is telling the story?
4:35 – 5:25 Jane Green, Christina Baker Kline
Rewrite, Revise, Repeat: Improving Your Stories with Each Draft
Jean Kwok
Characters: Making Them Leap Off the Page
 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
7:30 – 9:00

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

11:00 – 12:30

A quick pitch competition

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
Michelle Tessler,
Susan Golomb
How agents evaluate your work
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, Joelle Delburgo, Sally Wofford-Girand
Surviving and thriving in today’s new publishing landscape
3:05-4:05 Patsy Iwasaki
The creation of Hamakua Hero, a Hawaiian tragedy
Sam Horn
How to promote your work and yourself
Angie Kim, Christina Baker Kline
The Story Solution: Strengthening the Beats of Your Plot
4:15-5:00 Meg Wolitzer
Write what you know and love (or hate)
5:00-5:20 Closing Ceremony