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Mokule`ia Writers Retreat

Na Wahi Ho'oulu
(Places That Inspire Us)
May 3 - 8, 2015
At Camp Mokule`ia on O`ahu's North Shore

About The Mokule`ia Writers Retreat

This annual retreat on the North Shore of O`ahu brings two-dozen writers to Camp Mokule`ia for a week of intimate workshops and one-on-one coaching. The retreat is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir. We foster an exchange in two directions — between islanders and mainlanders, published writers and budding writers, Native Hawaiian artistry and mainland publishing. Special evening programs offer a chance to learn about the essence of Hawai`i from writers, chanters, musicians, and other cultural legends.

With the Waianae Mountains at our back and the open ocean at our front, we break bread with colleagues, gather in daily workshops, salute the morning sun in yoga, write privately in the shade of ironwood trees, and wander along the beach. The theme, na wahi ho'oulu, acknowledges that a sacred spot like this will inspire us to explore other places — whether in the heart, in memory, or in the moment.

The retreat is high-level and professional — but also low-key and tuned in to the beauty of the surroundings. Workshops foster creative exploration and include readings, exercises, and feedback. Open writing time allows writers to dive deeper into their pieces, and then polish them. One-on-one meetings provide personal guidance and top-flight editing. Special panels explore using new media to our advantage and ask editors and agents to discuss how to find new outlets for our work.

Hawaii Writers Retreat

The retreat is led by North Shore native Constance Hale, the author of Sin and Syntax, the editor of more than two dozen books, and a journalist whose stories about Hawai`i appear on CD liner notes, as well as in publications like The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian magazine. The daily workshops will be led by writers, editors, and agents who bring deep experience in many genres. Native Hawaiian cultural legnds will present special eveningprograms open to the public.

We begin on May 3, as participants settle into the camp and explore the surroundings. Our first gathering will be a dinner for all writers and their companions. The writing workshops begin on Monday, May 4 and continue through Friday May 8. Evening programs are open to family and companions as well as members of the local community. Optional activities are also available to family and companions staying at the camp, including yoga, hikes to sacred sites, swimming, beachcombing, even skydiving. Other highlights are an opening paina (Hawaiian-style party) and a visit to Pu`u O Mahuka Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian temple.


The price schedule will be available on January 1. We make every attempt to keep the retreat affordable to working writers. A limited number of scholarships are available. The accommodations are rustic, but each room is just steps from the beach. Every window gives on to awesome views.

Registration and Information

The retreat is open to serious writers of any experience level. Email to start the registration process.