Islanders Write is back for 2017!
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’re going to circle back around with three columnists who have been carefully watching and astutely commenting on policy and politics, real tweets, and fake news.
Callie Crossley
Richard North Patterson
Walter Shapiro
Moderator: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

 Monday, August 14, from 8 am – 5 pm:
Join us for a full day of panel discussions, workshops, an open mic, author signings, and more.

This year we have panels on biographies, memoir, middle grade fiction, news, writing from another gender, a pitch panel, and humor, humor, humor!

With Jenny Allen, Nancy Slonim Aronie, Fred Barron, Madeleine Blais, George Brennan, Elise Broach, Geraldine Brooks, Bliss Broyard, Linda Fairstein, Kate Feiffer, Jack Fruchtman, Nicole Galland, Meryl Gordon,  Annabelle Gurwitch, Jessica Harris, Elizabeth Hawes (Betsy Weinstock),Paul Karasik, Mark Kramer, Jeffrey Lent, Adam Mansbach, Gregory Mone, Holly Nadler, Hugh Price, Arnie Reisman, Amor Towles, and others

More details on the pitch panel, open mic ,and a complete schedule of the entire event coming soon!

All events take place at The Grange Hall in West Tisbury.
Islanders Write is free and open to the public. First come/first seated.

Thank you to the amazing speakers at Islanders Write who informed, enlightened, and entertained us at Islanders Write 2016; Thank you Noepe Center for Literary Arts and Justen Ahren for inspiring with workshops; Thank you to Niki Patton for  facilitating the first Vineyard Writer’s Challenge and to all those who came out to read their work.
We’d also thank everyone who attended Islanders Write. We look forward to seeing you again in 2017.


Sunday, August 7 at 7:30 pm
The Media and the Making of a President
Jeff Greenfield, Richard North Patterson, Walter Shapiro
and Charlayne Hunter-Gault (moderator)

Upstairs at The Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Doors open at 7pm.

We apologize, we are no longer taking advance reservations for this event.
All advance reservations will be honored until 7:20pm and then released to the public.

 Monday, August 8
Panel discussions all day.
Writing workshops with Noepe Center for Literary Arts.
Author signings.
And introducing The Vineyard Writer’s Challenge at The West Tisbury Library.
Stay for the day or stop by for an hour. First come, first seated.

Panel Discussions – Upstairs at The Grange

8:30-9:30 Revisions, Rejection and Moving On
On dealing with rejection and techniques for revising your work, join us for a conversation that will encompass craft, psychology, and a little literary history.
Peter Kramer, Susan Wilson, John Hough, Jr., Alexandra Styron (moderator)

9:30-10:30 Mining History for Story
Researching and writing the narrative non-fiction story.
Joshua Hammer, Walter Shapiro, Meryl Gordon, Arnie Reisman (moderator)

10:30-11:30 The Mystery of Mystery Writing
Forget about who done it? The question is how do they do it?
Linda Fairstein, Cynthia Riggs, Avram Ludwig, Michael Ditchfield (moderator)

11:30-12:30 Writing for Radio: Podcasts and Personal essays
 Writing to be heard.
Sean Corcoran, Nancy Aronie,
Jay Allison, Callie Crossley

1:00-2:00 Writing for TV
A view from inside the writers room. Selling scripts and crafting story and dialogue for TV.
Halley Feiffer, Misan Sagay, Fred Barron,
Clyde Phillips

2:00-3:00 Fictionalizing your Life
Nora Ephron famously said “everything is copy,” if only it was that easy.
Halley Feiffer, Nicole Galland, Adam Mansbach, Lara O’Brien (moderator)

3:00-4:00 Writing about Race
A discussion about race, racial identity and the written word.
Bliss Broyard, Misan Sagay, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Tony Horwitz (moderator)

4:00-5:00 A Conversation
Two Pulitzer prize-winning novelists in discussion.
Geraldine Brooks and Junot Diaz

Downstairs at The Grange
We invite you to take a writing workshop on cultivating a daily writing practice
with Justen Ahren, founder and director of Noepe Center for Literary Arts
Justen will be facilitating three hour-long workshops.
9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm

Book sales and author signings by Islanders Write authors
If you can’t make the event, pre-order books from The Bunch of Grapes for IW authors to personalize.

Down the road at The West Tisbury Library
We invite you to stop by The West Tisbury Library for The Vineyard Writers Challenge – Click here for more details.

Islanders Write is sponsored by The MV Times and MV Arts & Ideas Magazine and co-sponsored by:

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