Nā Wahi Ho‘oulu (The Places That Inspire)
May 5 – 10, 2019
At Camp Mokulē‘ia, on O‘ahu's North Shore[caption id="attachment_2700" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Join us for the journey.[/caption]
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
This annual retreat on the North Shore of O‘ahu brings three-dozen writers to Camp Mokulē‘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, nā 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. (Find a complete list of workshops here.) 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 and discussions explore the ever-changing publishing world and ask editors and agents to discuss how to find new outlets for our work.
North Shore native Constance Hale, a journalist and the author of six books, curates the program. The daily workshops will be led by writers and editors who bring deep experience in many genres. Here's a taste:
- Zoe FitzGerald Carter, essayist and author of the memoir Imperfect Endings
- Meleanna Aluli Meyer, artist, author, filmmaker
- Linda Watanabe McFerrin, novelist, poet, travel writer, and doyenne of Left Coast Writers
- Chris McKinney, author of six novels, two screenplays, and co-author of a memoir
- Tamara Leiokanoe Moan, visual artist, poet, and book artist
- Craig Santos Perez, award-winning poet, edit, and professor at UH-Mānoa
Please go to the Camp Web site to register, call (808) 637-6241 if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to the Camp!
Other ways to participate
If you can't attend the retreat, but support our vision, please consider making a donation for scholarships to emerging island writers. No amount is too small! Seriously. Write a check made out to “Camp Mokulē‘ia” and send it to Writers Retreat Scholarship Fund, Camp Mokulē‘ia, 68-729 Farrington Hwy., Waialua HI 96791. Mahalo!