Ko'olau Writing Workshops

The Ko`olau Writers Workshop offers instruction and advice to local writers of all levels. Held each spring, KWW features intensive workshop sessions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. A distinguished guest writer will give a keynote address and Q&A on the craft and practice of writing. Registration fee includes your choice of two workshop sessions (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon), as well as lunch, parking, and the keynote address.
The event is held on a Saturday in late spring, on the Hawai`i Loa Campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Hwy Kaneohe, HI 96744. 
Sponsored by Hawai`i Pacific University. This program is supported in part by the Hawai`i Literary Arts Council through funding by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai`i and the National Endowment for the Arts.
More information and details on upcoming workshops at: koolauwritersworkshop.com

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Past speakers featured at the Ko’olau Writing Workshops

2013 Eric Paul Shaffer is the author of five poetry collection and three chapbooks.  More than 350 of his poems appear in more than 200 local, national, and international reviews, including the USA's Slate, North American Review, The Sun Magazine, Ploughshares, RATTLE, and Threepenny Review.

2012 Tyler McMahon's novel, Chloroquine Dreams, made him a finalist for Amazon's 2008 Breakthrough Novel Award. In 2009 he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was runner-up in the Ian McMillan Writing Contest of 2011. He has also published more than 35 essays, short stories, interviews, and reviews.

2011 An Elliot Cades Award-winner, Tonouchi has published a book of short stories in Pidgin titled Da Word, and is compiler of a Pidgin dictionary Da Kine Dictionary: Da Hawai'i Community Pidgin Dictionary Projeck. Also known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” Lee is an accomplished playwright, author of three plays staged by Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Kumu Kahua Theatre.

2010  Award-winning writer Lee Cataluna, author of “Folks You Meet in Longs” and columnist for The Honolulu Advertiser was the featured speaker. Cataluna graduated magna cum laude from University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. in 1988, and was awarded Distinguished Young Alumna of the University in 1999. She worked in radio and television for 10 years and became a columnist for The Honolulu Advertiser in 2000. This award-winning playwright was previously published in “Bamboo Ridge” and “Hybolics” and in “He Leo Hou: A New Voice –Hawaiian Playwrights.” In 2006, her collection “Folks You Meet in Longs” received the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in Literature. She also received the Award of Excellence in Writing Literature from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association.

2009  Cedric Yamanaka, author of Hawai‘i story collection In Good Company, other short stories and screenplays was the featured speaker.  Yamanaka grew up in Kalihi and is a Farrington High School graduate. He is a recipient of the Helen Deutsch Fellowship for Creative Writing from Boston University, and received the Cades Award for Literature. Yamanaka is a past winner of the Honolulu Magazine Fiction Contest, and is the host of Hawai‘i Public Radio’s “Aloha Shorts,” a program dedicated to Hawai‘i literature.

 2008  Cathy Song, world-renowned and often anthologized poet, and author of poetry books Picture Bride; Frameless Windows, Squares of Light; School Figures; The Land of Bliss; and Cloud Moving Hands was the featured speaker.

 2007 Darrell Lum, one of the pioneering voices of Hawai‘i’s literature through use of Hawaii Creole English (pidgin), and author of short fiction collections Sun, short stories and drama and Pass On, No Pass Back, was the featured speaker.

2006  Robert Sullivan, New Zealand Maori poet and award-winning author of poetry books Jazz Waiata, Piki ake!, StarWaka, and Voice Carried My Family was the featured speaker.