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2024 Conference Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

Friday, November 15th, 2024

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

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

9:00 – 9:30 WELCOME AND BLESSING
Kumu Sabra Kauka
and her hula halau
   
9:30 – 10:30 Billy Collins, Marie Howe
in conversation
   
10:45 – 11:45 Lauren Groff, Meg Wolitzer
Sources of Inspiration
Moderated by Kevin Larimer
Marta F. Kauffman,
Amy Ferris
Page to Screen
 
12:00 – 1:00 – LUNCH –
Puna and Kauai Courts
1:15 – 2:15 Amanda Eyre Ward, Michelle Tessler
The Author Agent Relationship
Laura Lentz
Workshop: Writing your life
Mark Kurlansky
Workshop: Writing compelling nonfiction
2:30 – 3:30 Nicholas Delbanco
What makes fiction award-worthy?
Mary Beth Keane,
Kara Watson
Writing what you know
Chris Pavone, Paula McLain
Workshop: Crafting a thriller
3:45-4:45 Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Plaracterization
The kiss between plot and character

Jess Walter
Workshop: authenticity of time and place

Priya Parmar,
Christina Baker Kline

Workshop: Less is more.
Making characters feel real
7:00 – 9:00 Hot Mess: Stories of Love Gone Wrong.
Spoken word event by KWC participants, led by Laura Lentz and Lee Hunsaker.
(Under the beachside tent)

 

Saturday, November 16th, 2024

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

– BREAKFAST –
Puna and Kauai Courts

9:00 – 10:00 Molly Ringwald,
Panio Gianopoulos
Fiction / Nonfiction: the differences
Rachel Eliza Griffiths,
Marie Howe

Honoring ancestors, influences, collaborators
 
10:05 – 11:05

Paula McLain, Priya Parmar
Christina Baker Kline

Writing scenes, with prompts and individual breakout sessions

Ruth Ware
interviewed by Kevin Larimer:
Writing crime today

Meg Wolitzer,
Alison Fairbrother

Working with an editor

11:10 – 12:05 John Searles
Revising your work

Chris Vogler
The Hero’s Journey

Amanda Eyre Ward,
Amy Ferris
Writing relationships
12:15 – 2:15 BEACH SIDE LUNCH
Billy Collins, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Marie Howe
reading and discussing their poetry
Under the tent at the Kalapaki Beach Luau Grounds
2:30 – 3:25 Guest of Honor:
Salman Rushdie
Appearing virtually
   
3:35 – 4:25 Paula McLain, Molly Ringwald,
Priya Parmar

Grounding imagination in research
Lisa Sharkey
What publishers are looking for now
Jean Kwok, Tom Perrotta
Workshop: Shhh… Show, don’t tell.
4:35 – 5:25 Ruth Ware, Chris Pavone
Writing Noir

Sadeqa Johnson,
Wendy Sherman

Writing historical fiction

Ryan Harbage,
Barbara Jones, Kirby Kim

What we’re looking for

6:00 – 9:30 – LUAU –
Dinner followed by Punua Family performance
Legends of Hawaiian music Eric Lee, Moon Kauakahi, Mel Amina, and introducing Kamaha’o Haumea-Thronas
At the Luau Gardens under the tent.

 

Sunday, November 17th, 2024

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

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

11:15 – 12:15

Sadeqa Johnson, Jean Kwok
I Wish I’d Known:
Advice for Navigating the Publishing World

Priya Parmar, Meg Wolitzer,
Paula McLain

What’s holding you back and why? Taking the leap into your best work
12:30-1:30

Lauren Groff
A conversation with Kevin Larimer

Joshua Mohr
Workshop: Finding & Honing Your Voice
Heidi Pitlor, Leigh Haber, Dawn Davis
How to get published
1:55-2:55

Dawn Davis, Lisa Sharkey
Narratives of this moment

Wendy Sherman,
Andy Ross,
Andrea Somberg

Getting out of the slush pile
Caitlin Mahony, Lisa Leshne, Michelle Tessler
How agents choose authors
3:05-4:05 Ruth Ware, Jean Kwok
Defeating the Blank Page: Techniques for Productivity and Joy
Brooke Warner
Alternative and hybrid publishing

Christina Baker Kline, John Searles, Mary Beth Keane
Emotion/tension: moving a story forward

4:15-5:00

Tom Perrotta, Chris Pavone,
Jess Walter
In conversation with Kevin Larimer

5:00-5:20 Closing Ceremony