Conference Schedule

This schedule is likely to be updated from time to time.

Breakfast and lunch are provided each day in a setting where participants and presenters mix.

Friday November 9th, 2018

Time Session Concurrent Session
7:30 – 9:00 Registration / Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Opening Ceremony: Traditional Hawaiian Blessing with Kumu Sabra Kauka
9:30 – 10:25 Sara Gruen: Why I Write
10:30 – 11:25 Small Group Craft Workshops: Sara Gruen, Nicholas Delbanco, Christina Baker Kline Pitches, Critiques, Individual Consultations
11:30 – 11:45 BREAK
11:45 – 12:30 Kaui Hart Hemmings: Creating A Sense of Place
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 2:25 Jon Fine & April Eberhardt: Prospering in today’s new publishing landscape—strategies and examples
2:30 – 3:25 Jeff Kleinman, Molly Friedrich, Andy Ross: Finding and working with the right agent Pitches, Critiques, Individual Consultations
3:30 – 3:45 BREAK
3:45 – 4:35 Amy Ferris: Make ‘Em Laugh, Make ‘Em Cry
4:40 – 5:30 Ellen Bass: The Power of Metaphor in Poetry and Prose
5:30 – 6:30 BREAK Pitches, Critiques, Individual Consultations
6:30 – 10:00 Literary Luau at Kalapaki Beach

Saturday November 10th, 2018

Time Session Concurrent Session
7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:50 Nicholas Delbanco: Is Literature Dying?
10:00 – 10:50 Jeff Arch: How a schoolteacher wrote “Sleepless in Seattle”
11:00 – 11:15 BREAK
11:15 – 12:15 Christina Baker Kline: Turning Life Into Art
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 3:30 Small Group Craft Workshops: Garth Stein, Alice Hoffman, Kristin Hannah  Pitches, Critiques, Individual Consultations
3:30 – 3:45 BREAK
3:45 – 4:30 Stephanie Cabot & Emma Sweeney: The Agent /Author/Publisher Triangle  Pitches, Critiques, Individual Consultations
4:50 – 5:30 Jane Smiley: All Fiction is Historical Fiction
5:30 – 8:00 DINNER on your own
8:15 – 10:00 Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Special Guest TBA

Sunday November 11th

Time Session Concurrent Session
7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:50 Bronwen Hruska and Elena Delbanco: Big returns from little books  Pitches, Critiques, Individual Consultations
10:00 – 11:50 Craft Panel: Alice Hoffman, Jane Smiley, Scott Turow
10:50 – 11:00 BREAK
11:00 – 12:00 Garth Stein: Authenticity always comes by surprise
12:00 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 2:25 Alice Hoffman: Finding magic in the ordinary
2:30 – 3:20 Scott Turow: Storytelling can be life and death
3:20 – 3:30 BREAK
3:30 – 4:30 Read-A-Palooza
4:50 – 5:45 The winding road from book to film: Scott Turow, Sara Gruen, Kaui Hart Hemmings, Alice Hoffman, Steve Fisher, Jeff Arch, Kristin Hannah