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The Kauai Writers Conference attracts major authors of both literary and popular fiction, memoir,
non-fiction and screenplay.

Now in its fifth year, the festival consists of:

FOUR DAYS OF MASTER CLASSES

(November 4 through 7, 2019)

with top authors and industry experts on topics including plot, character development, memoir, historical fiction, nonfiction, bringing life to your novel, and adapting your work to film and TV

 


 

A THREE-DAY CONFERENCE

(November 8 through 10, 2019)
 


 

TALKS BY BELOVED AUTHORS

Paula McLain, Christina Baker Kline, Greg Iles, Lisa Wingate, Geraldine Brooks and many others. These discussions can take off in unexpected directions, but always focus on guidance for aspiring writers.

 


 

INTIMATE SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS

with these and other authors on all aspects of the craft and the business of writing

 


 

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS WITH LITERARY AGENTS

in which attendees can pitch their manuscripts and receive focused critiques.

 


 

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS

with leading experts on both traditional and alternative publishing.

  • FOUR DAYS OF MASTER CLASSES 

    (November 4 through 7, 2019)

with top authors and industry experts on topics including plot, character development, memoir, historical fiction, nonfiction, bringing life to your novel, and adapting your work to film and TV


 

  • A THREE-DAY CONFERENCE 

    (November 8 through 10, 2019)


 

  • TALKS BY BELOVED AUTHORS

Paula McLain, Christina Baker Kline, Greg Iles, Lisa Wingate, Geraldine Brooks and many others. These discussions can take off in unexpected directions, but always focus on guidance for aspiring writers.

  • INTIMATE SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS

with these and other authors on all aspects of the craft and the business of writing


 

  • INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS WITH LITERARY AGENTS

in which attendees can pitch their manuscripts and receive focused critiques.


 

  • INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS

with leading experts on both traditional and alternative publishing.

A contingent of top literary agents come each year to the Kauai event in search of new talent.

Attendees include both aspiring and already published writers. Celebrated authors come to relax, rekindle friendships with their peers, and share inspiration and insight. Bring this mix to the otherworldly beauty of Kauai and magic happens.

Writers find breakthrough inspiration and knowledge.

Lifelong friendships form.
Books are born. Deals get made.
And the Hawaiian spirit of aloha spirit infuses the entire event, opening hearts to intimate communication between faculty and attendees.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING: 

 

“It was unquestionably one of the most impactful conferences I have attended – I LOVED the small intimate size of the week of master classes.”

“Every session I attended was extremely valuable. I liked the balance between panel sessions and individuals speaking in depth. I especially loved the Spirit of the Meeting: In every session, every author speaker radiated respect, humility and comradeship to every writer present in the room.”

“It was the best investment in my writing career.”

Many well-traveled people consider Kauai the world’s most beautiful island.
It’s difficult to capture its grandeur in photos, but throughout this website are a few that try.

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands. Its geological history has given it many more beaches than the others, and surreal landscapes. The wettest spot on earth, Mt. Waialeale, generates waterfalls that cascade down to regions as diverse as the arid west side, the rainforests of the north shore, and the fantastically sculpted cliffs of the Na Pali coast. Just twenty miles from the near desert climate of Waimea, the misty uplands of Kokee are home to endemic plants and birds found nowhere else on earth.

Kumu Sabra Kauka and her halau have opened the Kauai Writers Festival each year with traditional pule, chant, and hula.

Four generations of the Punua family have conducted Kauai’s best-loved luau for over sixty years.  They offer their performance and classic imu-prepared dishes on the first night of the conference.

Kauai’s Marriott Resort is one of Hawaii’s best. It sits on a lovely beach on its own cove—an excellent spot for novice surfers—and provides gorgeous indoor-outdoor meeting spaces and luxurious accommodations. Surfboards, stand-up paddle boards, and outrigger canoes are available just steps away.

The resort provides delicious and varied meals in lovely indoor-outdoor settings. Breakfast and Lunch and brunch on Sunday are included with your registration each day of the conference. For the master classes, breakfast and lunch are available at an extra cost.

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