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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 lodge rooms at the camp feature stunning views and are just steps from the beach. But the accommodations are simple, even Spartan. Each room has large picture windows, two twin beds, a bedside table with reading lamp, a writing table, and two chairs. There is a large common living room and a basic kitchen. Upstairs rooms have en suite baths; downstairs rooms have one bath shared by two private rooms. Room are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Packages For Those Staying At Camp Mokule`ia

A. Rates for writers (includes a minimum five-day stay, three meals each day, one intensive writing workshop each day, optional afternoon sessions, all camp activities, and evening programs):

  • Writer, taking all workshops, in private room: $1,200
  • Writer, taking all workshops, sharing room*: $1,000

*If sharing room with spouse or companion, that person pays for Package B, below.

B. Rate for family members or companions in a shared room (includes a minimum five-day stay, three meals each day, all camp activities, evening programs, but no workshops):

  • Spouse, family member, or companion sharing room: $650
Day Packages

C. Day rates for those staying elsewhere (includes lunch each day, one intensive writing workshop each day, other workshops, all camp activities, evening programs):

  • Day rate including lunch only: $500
  • Day rate including three meals daily: $600

D. Rates for writers who wish to join afternoon sessions only**

  • Two-day workshop on memoir, including lunch: $120
  • Panel on publishing, breaking in, making it, including lunch: $60
  • All afternoon sessions: $150

**Limited spaces will be available for those who wish to attend these sessions only.

A, B, and C are flat-rate packages based on a five-night stay and access to all activities. We are sorry, but modifications are not possible. A limited number of discounts and scholarships may be available for island writers.

Registration and Information

The retreat is open to serious writers of any experience level. Registration begins January 20, 2015. Email for information, or to start the registration process.

Other Ways to Participate

If you cannot attend the retreat, but support our vision, please consider making a donation to help us provide scholarships to emerging island writers. No amount is too small! Seriously. Write a check made out to "Camp Mokule`ia" and send it to Writers Retreat Scholarship Fund, Camp Mokule`ia, 68-729 Farrington Hwy., Waialua HI 96791. Mahalo!