Updated July 17
‘Islanders Write’ is the annual writing conference, sponsored by the MV Times and MV Arts & Ideas magazine, about the art, craft and business of writing. The full day event on Monday August 14 includes panel discussions, workshops, author signings, and more. For those interested in writing and the writing life. See below for the full lineup of events and happenings.
Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 pm:
You Can’t Make This Up: Political Columnists
We kicked off Islanders Write last summer with a panel discussion about press coverage of the election. This year, we will circle back around with three columnists who have been carefully watching and astutely commenting on policy and politics, real tweets, and “fake” news.
Richard North Patterson
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, moderator
Monday, August 14, from 8 am – 5 pm:
Panel discussions, workshops, an open mic, author signings, and more!
8 am: Writing Their Life — Biography
A discussion about approaches and techniques available for chronicling a notable life, including personal biography, narrative biography, scholarly biography, and picture book biography.
Elizabeth Hawes (a.k.a. Betsy Weinstock)
Jack Fruchtman, moderator
9 am: Writing for Tweens — Middle Grade Fiction
Some of our great literary characters come out of middle grade fiction, the stepping stone between picture books and young adult novels. What does it take to write for the tweens? (Fast-paced plot? Memorable characters? Stories that are utopian, dystopian, or some other topian?)
Kate Feiffer, moderator
10 am: Pitch Panel
Do you have an idea for a book to pitch? Make your pitch and hear feedback from an editor, agent, and author.
John Hough, Jr.
Torrey Oberfest, moderator
Guidelines: Each project pitched for this session will be preselected by the organizers of “Islanders Write.” We will only be selecting five pitches, in order to give our panelists time to comment on each pitch and to take audience questions at the end. Pitches must be three minutes or shorter. They can be fiction or nonfiction, for the adult or children’s market. The panelists will have no advance knowledge of your project, and will be hearing about your work and about you for the first time on August 14.
The editor and agent on this panel have generously agreed to offer their advice in order to help writers better understand the process of getting editors and agents interested in their books. Please be aware that they are not here seeking projects for themselves. If you are interested in pitching to our pitch panel, please email a paragraph about your book project and a short bio to email@example.com. We will notify you on or before August 10 if your pitch has been accepted.
11 am: Writing Your Life — Memoir
When the story to tell is your own. Turning your Dear Diary into compelling reading for others.
Bliss Broyard, moderator
12 pm: Crossing the Gender Line: Writing in a Gender Other than Your Own
Novelists must create believable characters, no matter their gender, race, or sexual orientation.
Geraldine Brooks, moderator
1 pm: Long-Form Journalism in the Time of Twitter
Veteran journalists discuss the challenges and need for reporting in more than 140 characters.
George Brennan, moderator
2 pm: Beyond the Caption Contest, with Paul Karasik
We are all familiar with gag cartoons, but exactly how do they work their magic?
2:30 pm: Why We’re Not as Funny as We Were Two Years Ago: The Humor Writers Return
Two years ago we asked four humor writers to discuss their craft. We couldn’t stop laughing, so this year we’ve asked them back.
Nancy Slonim Aronie
Arnie Reisman, moderator
3:30 pm Nude Bathing on the Standby Line: Where Funny Begins and Ends
Finding the line, crossing the line, and moving the line.
Holly Nadler, moderator
Downstairs in the Main Hall
Author Signings with Bunch of Grapes
Support and chat with “Islanders Write” authors by purchasing signed copies of their books.
Workshops with Noepe Center for the LIterary Arts’ Justen Ahren
1: Cultivating a Daily Writing Practice: Play
2: Cultivating a Daily Writing Practice: Supplication
One-on-One Feedback for Your Novel-in-Progress
with novelist, short story writer, and playwright LaShonda Katrice Barnett
Guidelines: Please submit a one-paragraph description and between 10 and 15 pages, but no more than 15, of your novel or short story (saved as a .pdf only) to firstname.lastname@example.org. These sessions are geared toward writers who have already completed a draft and at least one revision of their submitted work. The first six manuscripts submitted are the lucky recipients of conference time. As soon as we have received six qualifying manuscripts, we will notify participants of their feedback time, and stop taking submissions.
Sign Up for Our Open Mic
Sign-up for our open-mic session begins when the doors open at 7:30 am. The open mic will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. We will go down the list until the hour ends. Each piece must be under five minutes long when read aloud.
Got a story idea for The MV Times or MV Arts & Ideas Magazine?
Look for The MVTimes editors at The MVTimes table on the first floor.
For additional information visit islanderswrite.com
Islander’s Write is co-sponsored by Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Noepe Center for Literary Arts, and WCAI. With food from Scottish Bakehouse and coffee from Chilmark Coffee.