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Islanders Write 2023

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A day of community, inspiration, and motivation took place at this year’s Islanders Write festival at Featherstone Center for the Arts. Founded in 2014 and sponsored by The Martha’s Vineyard Times and their M.V....

All the write stuff

The Martha’s Vineyard Times–sponsored conference Islanders Write returned to Featherstone Center for the Arts last weekend, after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus. Attendees of five panel discussions held on Sunday heard the expertise, advice, and candor...

Clarification: Islanders Write begins at 9 on Monday

In our program for Islanders Write at Featherstone Center for the Arts, the starting time for Monday is incorrect. The first panel  will begin at 9 am. Here's the information. 9 – 10 am Writing...

Islanders Write 2022 Program Guide

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We have questions, they have answers

Each year before Islanders Write, The MV Times asks the writers taking part in the event a series of random questions. Last week we printed a selection of their answers; this week we invite...

We have questions, they have answers

Each year before Islanders Write, The MV Times asks the writers taking part in the event a series of random questions. This year, since more writers are taking part than ever before, we asked...

From politics to pitch panels

The MV Times and MV Arts & Ideas are delighted to announce the schedule of panel discussions for this summer’s Islanders Write. As always, Islanders Write will be exploring a variety of genres and...

On the shelf

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Islanders Write brings together writers and publishing professionals with ties to the Vineyard to speak about various genres and aspects of writing and the writing life. Since the first Islanders Write in 2014, the...

Out of the gate

What do an enslaved Black male born in the 1800s, a Thoroughbred racehorse sired in Kentucky in the same era, a struggling artist commissioned for an opportunity that consumes his life, a sleuthing scientist,...

Get inspired

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This summer’s Islanders Write will have more writing workshops on a wider range of topics than ever before. These breakout sessions will be focused on the craft of writing and the business of selling...

When pictures speak

By Kelly DuMar Photographs fill boxes in our attics, and cover our walls and furniture in frames. We store them on our computers and cellphones, and share them instantly on social media. We're taking and...

‘Debut Authors: A Survival Guide’

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My debut novel, “The Moon Always Rising,” (a work-in-progress for decades) launched in April 2020. It wasn’t much of a launch, given COVID lockdown; it was more like a sprinkling of saltwater and a...

Pitch perfect

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I don’t know if the ability to shape and present a pitch should be considered an art form, but there is an artistry and craft to doing it well. Pitching your book to agents,...

Ghost, with, or and

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Cole Brown was waiting out the pandemic in Australia when his friend Matt James, who had found fame and courted controversy on the 25th season of the reality TV show “The Bachelor,” reached out...

Island writers on writing

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Jennifer Smith Turner’s debut novel, “Child Bride,” was published in April 2020. It’s generally not advised to launch a literary career a month into a global pandemic, but even with the country’s focus on...

Island writers on writing

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It began when she gave up. Her computer irretrievably and maliciously devoured the first 68 pages of a memoir she was working on, what Nancy Slonim Aronie calls the best piece of writing she...

On the shelf

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I’ve heard a lot of people say that their reading habits have changed since the beginning of the pandemic some two years ago — no, make that since Donald Trump first ran for president...

A life’s work

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Marc Brown makes a cameo appearance in the series finale of the PBS show “Arthur.” (For those of you who haven’t been in the company of young children in the past 45 years, Arthur...

Islanders Write 2022

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February will soon be over, and the gust of wind from our collective exhale could practically blow the ferry off course. The number of coronavirus infections are trending in a downward direction, and preparations...

Grief on your terms

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Last Friday, when Hurricane Ida was maliciously eyeing the Gulf Coast, I briefly spoke to Merissa Nathan Gerson about her new book, “Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving” (Mandala). Gerson,...