• Hawaii Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Hawaii, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you’re looking for writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or simply a place to hang out with writers or submit your work, these are some Hawaii writing organizations you might want to check out:



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    Center for Autobiographic Studies

    Dedicated to promoting the knowledge, appreciation, creation and preservation of autobiographic works.


    Hawai’i Book and Music Festival

    Annual festival in downtown Honolulu celebrating books, storytelling and music “in a way that is fun, accessible, and memorable for people of all ages, backgrounds and tastes.”


    Hawaii Pacific Review

    Hawaii Pacific University’s annual literary magazine, which features poetry and prose by authors from Hawaii, the mainland and around the world.


    Hawaii Writers Group

    A community of writers throughout the state, this organization also runs Hawaii Stories.


    Kahini Writers’ Retreats

    [I have it on good authority that this organization isn’t paying money it owes to workshop instructors, and that its accompanying magazine, Coffee & Oranges, promises $5,000 for publication of poetry but then doesn’t pay. The mag may be defunct, and while Kahini’s website is still up (and touting an upcoming workshop), its Twitter account seems deleted or suspended. Until I hear otherwise, be wary about getting involved.]

    Rigorous craft instruction and supportive writing community in inspirational locations, such as Hawaii, New Zealand, Uganda, and Jamaica.


    Kauai Writers Conference

    Three days of presentations by best-selling authors, top literary agents, and publishing professionals “in an environment characterized by the aloha spirit of sharing, unity, respect, and community.”


    The National League of American Pen Women Honolulu

    The Honolulu branch has over 100 members, and holds monthly luncheon meetings featuring speakers and musicians, and sponsors conferences, arts shows, seminars, salons and outings that further the artistic development of its members and the community.


    Pacific Writers’ Connection

    Dedicated to encouraging nature and place writers, youth writing and reading programs to strengthen a network of global citizens who share concerns about their environments, communities, place, people and cultures.


    Help us add to this list, Hawaiians! Do you know of writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or a Hawaii literary journal we should be aware of? Let us know here

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