Where writers with ties to the Vineyard come to talk about writing and the writing life

Islanders Write will be returning in 2023!

Sunday, August 20 & Monday, August 21

Islanders Write at Featherstone Center for the Arts

A Look Back At Islanders Write 2022

Islanders Write is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, to support Islanders Write 2023 in part!

2022 Workshops Schedule – Click Here

2022 Panel Discussions – Schedule Below

Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 PM

Covering the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Journalist Joshua Hammer and filmmaker Doug Liman interviewed by Bob Drogin

Sunday, July 31

10 – 11 am
The Secret Language of Children’s Writing: Two Renowned Children’s Book Authors Reveal All
Marc Brown and Richard Michelson

11 am – 12 pm
Sequels and Prequels: Revisiting Characters 
E. Lockhart, Nicole Galland, Gregory Mone, and Jennifer Smith Turner

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Pitch Panel: Book Projects Pitched In Front Of A Live Audience
Editor Gretchen Young, Agent Rosemary Stimola, Novelist John Hough, Jr., and Publishing Executive Torrey Oberfest will critique live book pitches.

And for panel discussions and writing workshops throughout the day on Monday August 21st.

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Writing Your Grief: There’s Been So Much Grieving, But How Do You Write About Grief?
Nancy Slonim Aronie, Merissa Nathan Gerson, and Elizabeth Benedict 

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Ghostwriting, With, and And: Writing Other People’s Stories 
 Fran Schumer, James Dale, and Laura Holmes Haddad 

Monday, August 1

9 – 10 am
Writing the Nontraditional Memoir: Where to Put the Me In Memoir
Philip Weinstein, Frank Bergon, and Joshunda Sanders 

10 – 11 am 
All About Auto-Fiction: What Is It, and What Are the Rules?
Hanna Halperin, Peter Kramer, Susan Wilson, and Mathea Morais

11 am – 12 pm
A Conversation about Food Writing: The Plot Thickens
Dawn Davis and Dr. Jessica B. Harris

12:15 – 1:15 pm
 Politics and Race: Truth and Revisionism — How Do You Write about It?
Callie Crossley and Patricia Williams

1:15 – 2:15 pm
Pulling Back the Sheets: A Conversation on Writing and the Writing Life (While Married and Stuck in the House Together)
Sarah Kernochan and James Lapine 

2:15 – 3:45 pm
Historical Fiction: Exploring Today Through Writing about Yesterday
Geraldine Brooks, Nicole Galland, Elisa Speranza, Katherine Sherbrooke, and Misan Sagay


Islanders Write is free to attend and open to the public.

No advance registration necessary. Masks encouraged. Be Covid Safe!

Please carpool. First come, first seated.

We are very grateful to the following writers, editors, filmmakers, and publishing professionals who will be joining us at this year’s Islanders Write. For full bios, click on their headshot.

We are committed to keeping Islanders Write free. As we all know, the cost of living on the Vineyard is very high. Everything from that delicious Island-grown tomato to a tank of gas is (insert adjective of your choice here) expensive. But not Islanders Write. To keep Islanders Write free, we ask for your help in the form of a tax-deductible donation. Click on the yellow pencil above you will be linked to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation, where you can make your tax-deductible donation to support Islanders Write 2022.

For questions, contact Kate Feiffer at kate@mvtimes.com.

A look back at our event in 2019


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


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