2018 Festival Schedule

While the Festival's principal portion has traditionally begun with the Friday-night reception and run through noon on Sunday, many attendees have elected to add Friday writers' workshops to their itinerary.  Thursday's Creative Laboratory is a special addition in 2018.  Our flexible pricing allows all attendees to build the schedule that suits them best!


THURSDAY, 8.13: "Dear Water" Pre-Conference Creative Laboratory

                     11:00 AM:       BYO brown bag lunch, casual meet-and-greet, and discussion of readings circulated prior to the Festival. 

                     1:00 PM:        Lecture and Q & A with Lane Hall, Professor of Poetry at UW-Milwaukee

                     2:00 PM:        Optional, guided hike at the Jackson Harbor Ridges

                     3:00 PM:        "My Letter to Water” workshop (epistolary and poetic work)

                     6:00 PM:        Picnic dinner & sundown filming, with audio, of participants’ reading

                     9:00 PM:        Fireside chat & reflection on the day

FRIDAY, 8.14: "Dedicated to Craft for Readers and Writers" Workshops

                   10:00 AM to 5:00 PM:        Registration packets available at Fair Isle Books

                   12:30 PM to 5:00 PM:        Four 2-hour workshops, offered at appropriate and inspiring venues on the Island                                                   

                                                                          Bonnie Jo Campbell - Fiction

                                                                          Jean Pendziwol - Historical Fiction

                                                                          Marion Boyer - Poetry

                                                                          Douglas Woods - Memoir    

                    6:30 PM:        Dessert Reception with authors and attendees at the historic Farm Museum.  Meet and greet and formal remarks with Featured                                                           Authors,including Island Author Richard Purinton.

                    8:30 PM:         Optional open mic at Fiddlers Green

SATURDAY, 8.15: Festival Presentations

                    8:00 AM:        Coffee and Continental Breakfast at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center

                    9:00 AM:        Welcome and Announcements

                    9:15 AM:        Moderated Panel Discussion with all Featured Authors.  Q&A

                    10:45 AM:       Author Presentation and Q & A

                    11:30 AM:        Author Presentation and Q & A

                    12:15 PM:         Book signing backstage; Backstage Bookshop Open

                    2:00 PM:          Author Presentation and Q & A

                    3:15 PM:          Author Presentation and Q & A

                    4:15 PM:          Authors in moderated conversation with reading and Q & A

                    5:00 PM:         Book Signing backstage; Backstage Bookshop Open

                    6:30 PM:         Social Half Hour at Historic Island Dairy

                    7:00 PM:         Festival Banquet

                    8:00 PM:        Award Presentation and Poetry Reading by prize-winners of the Norbert Blei Poetry Prize and Other Featured Authors

SUNDAY, 8.16: Brunch and Closing Remarks

                    9:30 AM:          Coffee and meet and greet on Hotel Washington porch

                    10:00 AM:        Brunch at Hotel Washington

                    11:00 AM:         Remarks: Suggestions from authors in attendance and from representatives of Washington Island's book clubs: "What We’ve Been                                                         Reading in the Past Year and What We Recommend for the Future”

                    12:00 PM:         Closing Notes