Nā Wahi Ho‘oulu (The Places That Inspire)
May 3 – 8, 2015
At Camp Mokulē‘ia, on O‘ahu’s North Shore
Registration is now open! Please visit our new retreat Web site for all the latest information. (You’ll love our photos.)
This annual retreat on the North Shore of O‘ahu brings two-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. 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.
The 2015 Program page gives you a full sense of the program and the pace of the week. North Shore native Constance Hale curates the program. The daily workshops will be led by writers and editors who bring deep experience in many genres. You can find full instructor bios here. Here’s a taste:
- Zoe FitzGerald Carter, essayist and author of the memoir Imperfect Endings
- Kathryn Ma, award-winning author of the novel The Year She Left Us
- Don Wallace, senior editor at Honolulu magazine and author of The French House and One Great Game
Cost & Registration
The retreat is open to serious writers of any experience level. The lodge rooms at the camp feature stunning views and are just steps from the beach. But the accommodations are simple. (Rooms have large picture windows, two twin beds, a bedside reading lamp, and a table with two chairs.) There is a large common living room and a basic kitchen. Please visit the Cost & Registration page for a list of various packages.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the registration process.
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!