Program Details

Bahamian writers! Check out the single-day program we created just for you!

2014 Detailed Schedule (Final)

Monday, October 20:

breakfast7:00 – 10:00 PM – Poolside cocktail reception, orientation meeting

Our meet-and-greet poolside cocktail reception allows students and faculty to get acquainted and mingle, but also prepares everyone for the days ahead – how to get the most out of the workshops, writing sessions, panel discussions, and one-on-one times slated for the week.


Tuesday, October 21:

7:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

DSC011678:30 – Ferry to island

Your spouse or family may join you on the island later in the day if they wish; ferries depart for Salt Cay at 8:30, 10:30, 1:30, and 3:30; return to Paradise Island at 9:00, 11:00, 2:00, and 4:00

9:00 – 9:30 – Orientation Tour

9:30 – 11:00 – Island Walking Tour 

DSC0121612:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island

Sample Lunch Menu: chicken burger, veggie burger, angus burger, salad, fries, fresh fruit; spinach salad, tossed salad with guava vinaigrette, grilled chicken breast, sauteed fish with onions, vegetable rice, corn on the cob, fresh fruit, mini pastries

1:00 - 2:00 - Free Time

2:00 – 4:00 – Dolphin Swims

DSC015374:00 – Ferry to hotel, dinner on your own, free time (students may remain on the island an extra hour and return on the 5:00 staff boat, if they wish)


Wednesday, October 22:

7:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

8:30 – Ferry to island

DSC012009:00 – 9:30 –  Panel Discussion - Voice: the importance of establishing voice in the first pages of a manuscript using sentence structure, rhythm, word choice, and point of view. Robert Goolrick, Tea Obrecht, Erin Harris

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island (sample menu)

1:00 – 1:30 - One-on-One Consultations

2:00 – 4:00 – Private Writing/Free Time (students may remain on the island an extra hour and return on the 5:00 staff boat, if they wish)

DSC012936:30 – 8:30 – Dinner excursion to Nassau’s world-famous “Fish Fry” on Arawak Cay 

(transportation only to Arawak Cay provided; students purchase their meal from their choice of dozens of unique, colorful kiosks and restaurants)

Named after the original West Indian inhabitants of the islands, Arawak Cay offers a staple in Bahamian culture known as the Fish Fry. A stroll through Arawak Cay reveals seafood delights such as conch salad, scorched conch, conch fritters, cracked conch, grilled shrimp, grilled lobster tails, and a variety of fish dishes. All are prepared with an elegant blend of spices.

DSC06829Much of the flavor comes from the addition of limes, which Bahamians call “sour”, and hot peppers. Bahamians, traditionally, are lovers of hot and spicy foods. The hot peppers found in their cuisine are given names such as bird pepper and goat pepper. So, if you have a low tolerance for the hot spices, be sure to ask for the mild version.

 

Thursday, October 23:

7:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

8:30 – Ferry to island

988311_376811389116760_1968634661_n9:00 – 9:30 –  Panel Discussion - Dialogue: its uses and misuses, its possibilities and limitations, and its potential for conveying character, conflict, and subtext. Jeff Kleinman, David Ebershoff, Robert Goolrick

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island (sample menu)

1:00 – 1:30 –  One-on-One Consultations 

2:00 – 4:00 – Private Writing/Free Time 

4:00 – Ferry to hotel, dinner on your own, free time (students may remain on the island an extra hour and return on the 5:00 staff boat, if they wish)

 

Friday, October 24:

DSC015017:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

8:30 – Ferry to island

9:00 – 9:30 – Panel Discussion - Storytelling: balance of scenes and exposition. When is it best to write a fully-fledged scene? When is it more advantageous to relay information through exposition?  Jill Marr, Tea Obrecht, Lorenzo Carcaterra

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop

DSC0134012:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island (sample menu)

1:00 – 1:30 - One-on-One Consultations

2:00 – 4:00 – Private Writing/Free Time 

4:00 – Ferry to hotel (students may remain on the island an extra hour and return on the 5:00 staff boat, if they wish)

6:30 – 8:30 – Faculty Author Readings (transportation provided)

 

Saturday, October 25:

7:00 – 8:00 - Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel

DSC013918:30 – Ferry to island

9:00 – 9:30 – Panel Discussion –  Suspense: how to effectively generate suspense – the driving force of almost any book, irrespective of the genre. David Ebershoff, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Erin Niumata

9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Workshop

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on the island (sample menu)

1:00 – 4:30 - Free Time

4:30 – 6:00 - Student Readings

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6:00 – 9:00 – Closing festivities and island feast with authentic Bahamian entertainment

Menu: Bahamian conch chowder, fresh roasted corn, jerk chicken, grilled fish with onions, bell peppers and plantain, beans and rice, potato salad, coconut and raisin rolls, grilled vegetables, Bahamian coconut and pineapple tarts, beer, wine, mixed drinks

 

Sunday, October 26:

Poolside breakfast buffet at the conference hotel at your leisure; final farewells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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