• Hawaii Writing Resources

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    HawaiiOh Hawaii/Hawai’i. You’re so close, and yet so, so, so far away. Wikipedia calls you “the most recent” state, which technically is true, but implies that others will come along. And perhaps they will. But none of them will have your motto: “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono.” Because none of them will deserve it.

    Next in our State Writing Resources series is the Aloha State, birthplace or current residence of luminaries like Lois Lowry (love alliteration), Nanci Kincaid, and W.S. Merwin–who lives in a formerly abandoned plantation at the top of a dormant (for now!) volcano. (!)

    If you live in the Aloha State or are planning a move there, these are some Hawaii writing organizations you might want to take a peek at.

    1) Aloha Writers Conference

    Designed to motivate, educate and elevate, the annual Aloha Writers Conference features world-renowned writers, bestselling authors, poets and scriptwriters. Writers of all ages and genres, avid readers and imaginative minds are welcome.

    2) Center for Autobiographic Studies

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

    3) The Art of Memoir with Rebecca Walker

    Join bestselling author Rebecca Walker at the beautiful Lumeria Maui retreat center for 7 days of deep relaxation, fierce productivity and powerful self-reflection.

    4) Hawaii Book Blog

    The main purpose of this blog is to provide people with a comprehensive platform to learn and discuss books about Hawaii and the Pacific, books by local authors, or books published by local companies.

    5) 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.

    6) Kauai Backstory

    Kauai Backstory is a venue for rigorous writing with a view about Kauai.

    7) Hawaii Island Writers Group

    A collection of writers who live on the Big Island of Hawaii and meet once a month to practice their writing skills.

    8) 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.

    9) SCBWI Hawaii

    The local chapter of the SCBWI.

    10) 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.

    Help us add to this list, Hawaiians! Do you know of a local writing group or a lit journal we should be aware of? Feel free to share info and links in the comments section below.


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    Roger Jellinek

    Hawaii Book & Music Festival–annual two-day nonprofit free-admission event featuring all kinds of writers & storytellers & performers. First weekend in May. April 30-May 1, 2016.

    Justine Tal Goldberg

    Thanks for the addition to our list, Roger!

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