The Ko`olau Writers Workshop is a one-day event started in 1998. It offers instruction and advice to local writers of all levels. Held each spring, KWW features intensive workshop sessions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. A distinguished guest writer gives a keynote address and Q&A on the craft and practice of writing. Registration fee includes your choice of two workshop sessions (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon).

We like to give our teachers the freedom to run their sessions however they like. Most sessions involve some mix of craft talk and in-class writing. Some teachers do offer a chance to read aloud the work produced, but nobody will be forced to share. Because this is a one-day event, we generally can’t provide critiques or feedback on manuscripts or existing writing. We do, however, encourage attendees to network with each other and form artistic connections with like-minded writers in their community.

Sponsored by Hawai`i Pacific University. This program is supported in part by the Hawai`i Literary Arts Council through funding by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai`i and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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