9:00am — Check-in and Coffee (on the lana`i)
9:30am — Welcome and Reading of James Vaughn Award-Winning Poem. (lana`i)
10:00-11:30 — First Workshop Sessions (choose one):
Fiction with Shawna Yang Ryan (AC 101)
A native of California, Shawna Yang Ryan teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. Her debut novel Water Ghosts was a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller, the 2006 winner of the UC Davis Maurice Prize, a finalist for the 2008 Northern California Book Award, and long-listed for the 2010 Asian American Literary Award. A former Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, Ryan has set her second novel, Green Island, during Taiwan’s martial law era.
Poetry with Eric Paul Shaffer (AC 204)
Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books of poetry, including Lāhaina Noon; Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen, and Portable Planet. Shaffer has received a number of local literary awards, including the 2002 Elliot Cades Award, a 2006 Ka Palapala Po’okela Book Award, and the 2009 James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry.
Scriptwriting with Lisette Marie Flanary (AC 203)
As an independent filmmaker and a hula dancer, Lisette Marie Flanary creates films that celebrate a modern renaissance of the hula dance and Hawaiian culture. She is the writer, producer, and director of Lehua Films and her award-winning documentaries, AMERICAN ALOHA: Hula Beyond Hawai`i, Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula, and ONE VOICE have broadcast nationally on television and shown in film festivals around the world.
11:30-12:30 — Keynote Address by Lois-Ann Yamanaka (on lana`i)
12:30-1:30 — Lunch (also on lana`i )
2:00-3:30pm — Second Workshop Session (choose one):
Fiction with Chris McKinney (in AC 101)
Chris McKinney is the author of five novels, The Tattoo, The Queen of Tears, Bolohead Row, Mililani Mauka, and Boi No Good, and has written a feature film screenplay, Paradise Broken (nominated for best film at the Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival. His latest book, The Red Headed Hawaiian, a memoir co-written with Dr. Rudolph Puana, is about a red-headed Hawaiian kid from Kahaluu who makes good.
Poetry with Susan M. Schultz (in AC 203)
Susan M. Schultz founded Tinfish Press in 1995, to publish experimental poetry (and some prose) from around the Pacific. She is author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently: Dementia Blog (2008), Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series (2011) and “She’s Welcome to Her Disease”: Dementia Blog, Vol. 2 (2013), as well as a forthcoming chapbook from Vagabond Press in Australia.
Creative Nonfiction with Susan Scott (AC 204)
Susan Scott writes the weekly “Ocean Watch” column for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has written seven books about nature in Hawaii. In 2005, at 56, Susan sailed to Palmyra Atoll where she worked as a volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her book, Call Me Captain, A Memoir of a Woman at Sea, is the story of that adventure in marriage, midlife, and marine wildlife. Susan lives on Oahu with her husband Craig.