HPU hosts annual writing workshops

February 02, 2012

Tyler McMahon

Tyler McMahon

HONOLULU — Award-winning writer Tyler McMahon will speak at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s 15th Annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops. The workshops will be held on Saturday, March 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Cooke Academic Center at HPU’s Hawaii Loa Campus in Kaneohe.

McMahon is an Assistant Professor and HPU’s fiction writing specialist in the English Department. He was runner-up in the Ian McMillan Writing Contest in 2011, nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009, and authored the recent St. Martin’s Press novel “How the Mistakes Were Made.” McMahon was a finalist for the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for the novel “Chloroquine Dreams.”

McMahon has also published more than 35 short stories, essays, reviews and interviews. His short story, “A Pocket Guide to Male Prostitution,” was shortlisted for the 2009 “Best of the West” anthology and short story “Deeper into Sicness” was nominated for the 2009 Million Writers Award.

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

For more information and to reserve a space at the workshop, contact Aislyn Matias at 544-9340, Dr. Patrice Wilson at 544-1108, or email pwilson@hpu.edu.