Workshop Schedule

THURSDAY, 9.19: Pre-Conference Creative Laboratory 

Our second annual Creative Lab will be free and open to the public. No advance registration necessary. Free-will offering appreciated but not required.

  • 12:00 PM: Bring your own brown-bag lunch, casual meet-and-greet | Trueblood Performing Art Center (TPAC)

  • 1:00 to 3:30 PM: Listen to This: Storytelling as Art and Tradition: Guided workshop by author Paula Carter. We’ll generate compelling stories and practice composing and telling them. | TPAC

FRIDAY, 9.20: "Dedicated to Craft for Readers, Writers, and Creative Expressionists" Workshops and Events

On Friday, our Festival attendees may wish to participate in workshops dedicated to writing craft and literary appreciation.  As a branch of our Festival offerings devoted to writers and readers who wish to practice and evolve their craft, these workshops are offered by our authors and other invited workshop leaders.

Workshops are offered in three sessions: Morning, Early Afternoon, and Late Afternoon. Advanced registration is required. Space is limited, so please register early for best availability! Workshop registration will close end of day Wednesday, September 18. (Individual workshops will close sooner if they fill up sooner.) Please note that you can only register for one workshop per session, and once you have registered, you will not be allowed to switch to a different session.

There is a separate fee per workshop, but we offer an Islander discount for Washington Island residents. For more details, visit Registration.

Morning Workshops (choose one, registration required):

  • 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM:  Family Tree Talk:  Creating Stories from Generational Passion, Pain and Survival, a memoir workshop by author Kirsten Wasson | Hotel Washington

  • 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM:  Moving Through Generations, Creative Movement Workshop by choreographer Kai Evans | Hotel Washington Yoga Studio

Early Afternoon Workshops (choose one, registration required):

  • 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM: Craft Fiction Workshop by author Jane Hamilton | Hotel Washington

  • 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM: Finding a Voice in Poetry, Poetry Workshop by author Bao Phi | Trueblood Performing Art Center (TPAC)

    • On the page and the stage, one of the most critical aspects of poetry is finding your voice, or voices. We can sometimes be tricked into believing that there's one correct way to write a poem, or one successful way to read a poem out loud. The truth is, every artist's unique decisions is what makes them who they are. This workshop will explore different examples of poetic voice, and will have a short writing and reading exercise in which participants should be ready to share what they have written. 

Late Afternoon Workshops (choose one, registration required):

  • 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Telling a Life Story, Memoir Workshop by author Scott Russell Sanders | Fons Boathouse

    • As the name implies, a memoir is a written record that draws on memories—those of the writer as well as those of anyone else whom the writer might consult. A memoir may vary in length from several volumes to a few dozen pages to a paragraph. If the primary subject of the memoir is the author, it is a form of autobiography; if the primary subject is another person or a group of persons, it is a form of biography. This workshop will offer some writing invitations that are designed to elicit memories, and, as time permits, we will share the results. We’ll also discuss the precautions to take in using memory, the ethics of writing about real people, and a few of the formal options that one might choose in telling a life story.

  • 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Fiction Workshop by author Rebecca Makkai | Hotel Washington


“Intelligent and challenging workshops in an absolutely gorgeous setting.” – Sandra Lindow