Islanders Write 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 will 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
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, moderator

As with all Islanders Write events, this discussion is free and open to the public.
We will be streaming this discussion live on a screen downstairs for anyone who does not get a seat upstairs.

Monday, August 14, from 8 am – 5 pm:
Panel discussions, workshops, an open mic, author signings, and more!

Panel Discussions – upstairs

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.
Meryl Gordon
Elizabeth Hawes (a.k.a. Betsy Weinstock)
Richard Michelson
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?)
Elise Broach
Gregory Mone
Linda Fairstein
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.
Rosemary Stimola
Gretchen Young
John Hough, Jr.
Torrey Oberfest, moderator
We are no longer taking pitch submissions. We will notify those who submitted on 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.
Jessica Harris
Madeleine Blais
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.
Nicole Galland
Amor Towles
Geraldine Brooks, moderator

1 pm: Long-Form Journalism in the Time of
Veteran journalists discuss the challenges and need for reporting in more than 140 characters.
Madeleine Blais
Meryl Gordon
Mark Kramer
George Brennan, moderator

– The Laughternoon –

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.
Jenny Allen
Fred Barron
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.
Annabelle Gurwitch
Adam Mansbach
Holly Nadler, moderator

Islanders Write Events Downstairs in the Main Hall

Author Signings with Islanders Write authors throughout the day
Support and chat with “Islanders Write” authors by purchasing signed copies of their books.
Bunch of Grapes bookstore will be at Islanders Write all day selling books. Please support our local bookstore and our Island authors. 

Workshops with Noepe Center for the Literary Arts’ Justen Ahren
10 am: Cultivating a Daily Writing Practice: Play
11:30 am: 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. FULL
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 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. The time limit will be strictly enforced.

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.

Hungry? Scottish Bakehouse will be at The Grange with a delicious sampling of sandwiches and pastries.
Need caffeine? The Chilmark Coffee Truck will be on-site until 10 am. 

Want to find out more about who is at Islanders Write? Click on a headshot for a short bio of all our Islanders Write 2017 participants 

Questions about Islanders Write? Email

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

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