9:00am — Check-in and Coffee (in ATM MPR 3)
9:30am — Welcome and Introduction of Teachers
10:00-11:30 — First Workshop Sessions (choose one):
Fiction with Donald Carreira Ching (ATM MPR 3)
Donald Carreira Ching was born and raised in Kahalu‘u. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies locally and elsewhere, including BAMBOO RIDGE, Hawai‘i Review, Rio Grande Review, and on the radio program, Aloha Shorts. In 2014, he won the Ian MacMillan Writing Award for Fiction. Ching’s debut novel, Between Sky and Sea, was published by Bamboo Ridge Press in 2015.
Creative Nonfiction with Pamela Rotner Sakamoto (MPR 2)
Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is the author of Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds. Pamela works offsite as an expert consultant on Japan-related projects for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and has taught in the University of Hawai‘i System. She teaches history at Punahou School in Honolulu.
Poetry with Timothy Dyke (ATM Presentation Room)
Timothy Dyke is the author of Atoms of Muses. He lives in Honolulu, Hawai‘i with parrots. He teaches high school students and writes poems, stories, and essays. In 2012 he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is also the author of the chapbook Awkward Hugger, which was published by Tinfish Press in 2015.
12:00-1:00 — Lunch (served in ATM MPR 3, but feel free to enjoy in the atrium or lanai!)
1:00-2:00 — Keynote Address by Shawna Yang Ryan (ATM MPR 3)
2:00-3:30pm — Second Workshop Session (choose one):
Fiction with Thomas Gammarino (ATM MPR 3)
Thomas Gammarino is the author of the novels King of the Worlds and Big in Japan, and the novella Jellyfish Dreams (Amazon Kindle Single, 2012). His short fiction has appeared in The New York Tyrant, Tinfish, Word Riot, and The Hawai‘i Review (among others), and he received the 2013 Elliot Cades Award for Literature. He lives in Honolulu with his wife and kids.
Scriptwriting with Chris McKinney (ATM MPR 2)
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), and a short film, The Back Door, both of which premiered at the 2011 Hawai‘i International Film Festival. His latest book, The Red Headed Hawaiian, is a memoir co-written with Dr. Rudolph Puana.
Poetry with Brenda Kwon (ATM Presentation Room)
Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Kwon received her BA from University of Southern California in English and creative writing, and her PhD from University of California, Los Angeles in American literature. She is the author of Beyond Keʻeaumoku: Koreans, Nationalism and Local Culture in Hawaiʻi; co-editor of YOBO: Korean American Writing in Hawaiʻi and The Sum of Breathing, which won Honorable Mention for the 2015 Ka Palapala Pookela awards. A 2005 Fulbright Fellow, her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, and she has performed her poetry both nationally and internationally. Kwon won the 2015 Elliott Cades Award for Literature.