report:: writing workshops::
Island Writers Conference
Tan. Get Connected.
The 12th Annual
Maui Writers Conference
From Wailea to Hana, the island of Maui offers the best of everything
lush and interesting, from sunsets to screenwriters,
from island mysteries (Ghost Warriors who travel at night and
the menehunes who make mischief) to mystery novelists. It's
also home to the annual Maui Writers Conference.
your Labor Day weekend on the island of Maui with some of today's
leading professional writing and film consultants.
Soak up the Hawaiian sun while learning from today's best selling
authors. This really is the conference that has something for
of the Maui event
Who will benefit: Writers of all genres, particularly those
interested in pursuing the increasingly popular arena of children's
or young adult literature.
Conference topics include: Fiction, Horror, Humor, Journalism,
Marketing, Mystery, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction, Autobiography/memoir,
Playwriting, Poetry, Publishing, Religion/Self-Help, Romance,
Science Fiction/fantasy, Screenwriting, Travel
Why attend: The Maui Writers Conference offers attendees the
chance to connect with established writers who may guide their
work into publication. If you attend, you will in effect be
surrounding yourself with some of the most accomplished individuals
in the writing business. Not only will they provide you with
inspiration, but they often share the insight born from their
incentives to attend:
One-on-one professional consultations offer attendees the opportunity
to receive individual attention from a publishing professional.
The fee is $40 per 10-minute session. More information is contained
in the conference handbook, which will be mailed to you after
you have registered for the writing conference.
2004, invited speakers and faculty for the Maui Writers Conference
included The New York Times notable and bestselling
authors Jacquelyn Mitchard and Andy Andrews; Emmy-winning Steven
Barnes; and, author of over sixty young-adult books Bruce Coville
(My Teacher is an Alien).
authors: John Saul, author of The Manhattan Hunt Club
Born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, Saul has
published 30 bestselling books worldwide. After high school,
he dibbled and dabbled at a few different colleges, but never
obtained a degree. After leaving college, Saul decided to try
his hand at writing. In 1976, Saul's psychological thriller
Suffer the Children became a bestseller all over the
country and reached #1 in Canada. When he's not writing a new
novel, Saul partakes in theater. He has produced numerous one-act
plays in L. A., New York and Seattle. Saul lives in Seattle
and in the San Juan Islands. He also has a home in Maui. Of
his many hobbies, his favorite include: motor homing, cooking,
traveling and playing golf.
Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina
Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Her
first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina was one of five
finalists for the National Book Award in 1992. A movie version
of the novel, directed by Angelica Huston, premiered on Showtime
in 1996. Proclaimed "simply stunning" by a New
York Times book review, Allison's second novel, Cavedweller
along with being a New York Times Best seller won the
1998 Lambda Literary Award for fiction. She has also published
two editions of poetry, both titled The Women Who Hate Me.
In 1998, Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award, an annual
prize given out to an individual who has facilitated the life
of small presses and independent bookstores.
George, author of A Place of Hiding
Elizabeth George was born in Warren, Ohio. A few months after
her first birthday, George's family relocated to San Francisco.
After graduating from Holy Cross High School, she went on to
obtain a degree from the University of California. George spent
the next 13 1/2 years teaching high school English. She left
the profession upon selling her first novel, A Great Deliverance,
which went on to win France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere
Award. She has also won the Anthony Award and the Agatha Award.
Many of her novels have crossed over into television. Today,
George lives in Huntington Beach, California. She also has a
flat in London, in the South Kensington district.
wouldn't miss an Elizabeth George novel…There simply aren't
many detective novelists today who can write a scene of great
brutality at one moment…and at another write the tenderest
of love scenes."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lodging: Conference guests will discover Maui's sincerest aloha
at the Wailea Marriott Resort. Experience the luxury of traditional
Hawaiian hospitality. During conference down time, the resort
offers championship golf courses, water sports, and the world-renowned
Mandara Spa. Enjoy the aromatic breezes (plumeria, ginger flowers,
and in season, the bloom of hillside coffee farms) of Hawaii's
sultry garden landscape. Take pen in hand and just relax. You
$199 Garden View
$219 Ocean View
$249 Ocean Front
Please Note: All reservation requests must be made by July of
each year. 1-800-367-2960 Toll Free Reservation Line reservation
requests must be made by July.
Dining: Feast on regional Hawaiian Cuisine at the Hula Moons
Restaurant, Mele Mele Lounge or poolside Kumu Bar & Grill.
If you're in the mood for native food, fun and entertainment
in the form of a traditional Hawaiian Luau is held on the oceanfront
luau grounds Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
If they serve it, try the huli-huli chicken or an island favorite,
a lau lau (steamed pork with vegetables) wrapped in Ti leaves.
For those with a true sense of adventure, try the poi. But not
Wailea is located in Maui County on the southwestern coast of
Maui Island, between Kihei and Makena. Much of Maui's landscape
includes tropical rainforest, waterfalls and black sand beaches.
Just off shore from Wailea lies Turtle Town, a popular dive
site named because of the green sea turtles that inhibit the
is a University of South Florida student (USF - Bayboro Campus)
studying journalism as part of her degree program. Her avowed
interests include creative writing and while in high school
she organized and edited a literary anthology. She is one of
WordSmitten's summer interns and will be contributing throughout
this quarter to both the online and print editions.