Nā Wahi Ho‘oulu (The Places That Inspire)
May 3 – 8, 2015
At Camp Mokule‘ia, on O‘ahu’s North Shore
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, 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. 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.
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!