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Hawaiian Island Writers Conference

Get Tan. Get Connected.
The 12th Annual
September 2006
Maui Writers Conference
Wailea, Hawaii



:: From Wailea to Hana, the island of Maui offers the best of everything lush and interesting, from sunsets to screenwriters, from island mysteries (Ghost Warriors who travel at night and the menehunes who make mischief) to mystery novelists. It's also home to the annual Maui Writers Conference.

By Genessa Poth
WordSmitten Intern

Celebrate your Labor Day weekend on the island of Maui with some of today's leading professional writing and film consultants.
Soak up the Hawaiian sun while learning from today's best selling authors. This really is the conference that has something for everyone.

Snapshot of the Maui event
Who will benefit: Writers of all genres, particularly those interested in pursuing the increasingly popular arena of children's or young adult literature.

Conference topics include: Fiction, Horror, Humor, Journalism, Marketing, Mystery, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction, Autobiography/memoir, Playwriting, Poetry, Publishing, Religion/Self-Help, Romance, Science Fiction/fantasy, Screenwriting, Travel

Why attend: The Maui Writers Conference offers attendees the chance to connect with established writers who may guide their work into publication. If you attend, you will in effect be surrounding yourself with some of the most accomplished individuals in the writing business. Not only will they provide you with inspiration, but they often share the insight born from their success.

Additional incentives to attend:
One-on-one professional consultations offer attendees the opportunity to receive individual attention from a publishing professional. The fee is $40 per 10-minute session. More information is contained in the conference handbook, which will be mailed to you after you have registered for the writing conference.

In 2004, invited speakers and faculty for the Maui Writers Conference included The New York Times notable and bestselling authors Jacquelyn Mitchard and Andy Andrews; Emmy-winning Steven Barnes; and, author of over sixty young-adult books Bruce Coville (My Teacher is an Alien).

Returning authors: John Saul, author of The Manhattan Hunt Club
Born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, Saul has published 30 bestselling books worldwide. After high school, he dibbled and dabbled at a few different colleges, but never obtained a degree. After leaving college, Saul decided to try his hand at writing. In 1976, Saul's psychological thriller Suffer the Children became a bestseller all over the country and reached #1 in Canada. When he's not writing a new novel, Saul partakes in theater. He has produced numerous one-act plays in L. A., New York and Seattle. Saul lives in Seattle and in the San Juan Islands. He also has a home in Maui. Of his many hobbies, his favorite include: motor homing, cooking, traveling and playing golf.

Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina
Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Her first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina was one of five finalists for the National Book Award in 1992. A movie version of the novel, directed by Angelica Huston, premiered on Showtime in 1996. Proclaimed "simply stunning" by a New York Times book review, Allison's second novel, Cavedweller along with being a New York Times Best seller won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for fiction. She has also published two editions of poetry, both titled The Women Who Hate Me. In 1998, Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award, an annual prize given out to an individual who has facilitated the life of small presses and independent bookstores.

Elizabeth George, author of A Place of Hiding
Elizabeth George was born in Warren, Ohio. A few months after her first birthday, George's family relocated to San Francisco. After graduating from Holy Cross High School, she went on to obtain a degree from the University of California. George spent the next 13 1/2 years teaching high school English. She left the profession upon selling her first novel, A Great Deliverance, which went on to win France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere Award. She has also won the Anthony Award and the Agatha Award. Many of her novels have crossed over into television. Today, George lives in Huntington Beach, California. She also has a flat in London, in the South Kensington district.

"I wouldn't miss an Elizabeth George novel…There simply aren't many detective novelists today who can write a scene of great brutality at one moment…and at another write the tenderest of love scenes."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

Conference: $495-$695
Lodging: Conference guests will discover Maui's sincerest aloha at the Wailea Marriott Resort. Experience the luxury of traditional Hawaiian hospitality. During conference down time, the resort offers championship golf courses, water sports, and the world-renowned Mandara Spa. Enjoy the aromatic breezes (plumeria, ginger flowers, and in season, the bloom of hillside coffee farms) of Hawaii's sultry garden landscape. Take pen in hand and just relax. You deserve it.

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Special Group Rates:
$199 Garden View
$219 Ocean View
$249 Ocean Front
Please Note: All reservation requests must be made by July of each year. 1-800-367-2960 Toll Free Reservation Line reservation requests must be made by July.
Dining: Feast on regional Hawaiian Cuisine at the Hula Moons Restaurant, Mele Mele Lounge or poolside Kumu Bar & Grill. If you're in the mood for native food, fun and entertainment in the form of a traditional Hawaiian Luau is held on the oceanfront luau grounds Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. If they serve it, try the huli-huli chicken or an island favorite, a lau lau (steamed pork with vegetables) wrapped in Ti leaves. For those with a true sense of adventure, try the poi. But not by itself.

Wailea is located in Maui County on the southwestern coast of Maui Island, between Kihei and Makena. Much of Maui's landscape includes tropical rainforest, waterfalls and black sand beaches. Just off shore from Wailea lies Turtle Town, a popular dive site named because of the green sea turtles that inhibit the area.

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