HPU to Host 14th Annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops

February 14, 2011

Award-winning writer Lee Tonouchi will speak at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s 14th Annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops. The workshops will be held from 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 in the Cooke Academic Center at the HPU Hawai‘i Loa Campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kane‘ohe.

An Elliot Cades Award winner, Tonouchi has published a book of short stories in Pidgin titled Da Word, and compiled the Pidgin dictionary Da Kine Dictionary: Da Hawai‘i Community Pidgin Dictionary Projeck. Also known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” Tonouchi is an accomplished playwright. He is the author of four plays staged by Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Kumu Kahua Theatre: Three Year Swim Club, Gone Feeshing, Living Pidgin, and Da Kine Space. He has won two Kapalapala Po‘okela Awards, two Honolulu Magazine Fiction Contest grand prizes, and three Kumu Kahua Playwriting prizes.

Local writers are invited to listen to Tonouchi speak, and to take workshops in scriptwriting, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Cost for the event is $20, or $10 for students with a student ID. A free continental breakfast will be provided. Participants should bring their own lunch. HPU’s James Vaughan Poetry Contest winner will also be awarded at the workshop.

For more information and to reserve a space at the workshop, contact Gleanne Dimson at (808) 544-9340, or Dr. Patrice Wilson at (808) 544-1108, or e-mail pwilson@hpu.edu.

Workshop Schedule:

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. -- Free continental breaktast

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. -- James Vaughan Poetry Contest winner to be awarded

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -- Guest speaker Lee Tonouchi

11 a.m. -- First round of workshops (Four different workshops will be available)

12:30 p.m. -- Lunch

1:30 p.m. -- Second round of workshops

3 p.m. -- Final meeting and networking opportunity