‘Islanders Write’ turns 5!


We’re celebrating the fifth year of “Islanders Write” this summer with a full day of panel discussions, writing workshops, author signings, feedback sessions, art projects, shop talk, food, and an open mic on Monday, August 6, and a not-to-be-missed discussion from our panel of political writers and editors at 7:30 pm on Sunday, August 5.

What makes “Islanders Write” unique among writers’ festivals is that everyone who is invited to speak has a connection to Martha’s Vineyard. Call it sourcing local, or a sustainable symposium, it is what sets “Islanders Write” apart. We believe that writers, editors, publishers, and agents are among the the Vineyard’s valued resources, and we invite everyone with an interest in writing and reading them to come together and engage in a day of discussion about writing and the writing life.

What does it take to be a columnist? Have you ever wanted to try your hand at true-crime writing? Do you wonder if writing can help you process your PTSD? Or how to use your writing to advocate in these politically tense times? Have you been searching for the muse?

Nancy Aronie, Geraldine Brooks, John Hough Jr., Nicole Galland, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault have joined us every year for”Islanders Write,” and we’re delighted that they will be back this year. New to “Islanders Write” this summer are Chris Baer, Frank Bergon, Bob Drogin, Judith Hannon, Melinda Henneberger, Tom Shelby, Nancy Rommelman, Richard Russo, Alissa Quart, Christine Cissy White, and Kate, Sally, and Isaac Taylor.

In addition to the panel discussion, we will be offering writing workshops throughout the day, and an open mic for people who want to read their work, a pitch panel, editorial consultations with novelist LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author signings, craft projects, food, and more.

“Islanders Write” is sponsored by The MV Times and MV Arts & Ideas Magazine. Bunch of Grapes is the event’s official bookseller (and we encourage you to support them). Scottish Bakehouse will be at the Grange all day with food, and the Chilmark Coffee truck is there in the morning to get you going. “Islanders Write” takes place at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. This event is free and open to the public. Come for an hour, or stay for the day. For more information and a complete schedule, go to islanderswrite.com.

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