The Kauai Writers Conference has two focuses: the craft of writing and the business of writing. Our authors who teach craft need no introduction. Jane Smiley, Kristin Hannah, Alice Hoffman, et al., are among the greatest American writers. But writing a good or even great book is one thing, and getting published successfully is another.

We offer an unparalleled opportunity to learn the business of writing from some of the most knowledgeable people in the publishing world.

Jon Fine, as past director of author and publisher relations at Amazon, not only knows today’s new world of publishing, but played a major role in creating it. Author advocate April Eberhardt has helped hundreds of writers to get their manuscripts successfully published. Together they offer a four-day workshop called Navigating Todays New Publishing Landscape: A Roadmap for Authors.



Jeff Kleinman, literary agent and head of the twenty-person agency Folio Literary Management, will teach a class on finding and working with an agent. It will equip you with absolutely everything you need to find the agent who is right for your book, sign with him or her, and collaborate with your agent through the whole process of editing, presenting to publishers, making the best deal, getting published, and promoting your book for maximum sales. Jeff is one of the best in the business. This class is a rare opportunity to spend four days with him in an intimate group.


David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut are the Book Doctors, known and respected by agents and publishers as an invaluable resource for authors preparing a manuscript for publication. They are acclaimed authors as well as gifted teachers. Their book, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, is considered THE go-to source on the topic. Non-fiction author Sandra Blakeslee writes, “If you’ve ever thought about writing a book, are in the process of writing a book or have written a book and are contemplating another, stop what you’re doing right now—and buy this book. It contains everything you need to know to proceed.”

They offer the four-day master class, “Your Author Platform: How to Build an Audience before You Have a Published Book.” This is an essential key to publication success.



In addition to these classes, you can also reserve individual consultations with all of these as well as a roster of other top agents and leading figures in the publishing world.


Getting your book published can be a more challenging task than writing it. These offerings will equip you to cut through the complexities and find the most direct path to success.