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

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, 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

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

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

Lauren Groff
A conversation with Kevin Larimer

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

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


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

5:00-5:20 Closing Ceremony