The 2022 Kauai Writers Conference wrapped up November 13. People used words like “life-changing,” “over-the-top wonderful” and “far more than I could have expected” to describe it.
Here are some comments from attendees:
“I’ve been to quite a few writers’ conferences. Not because I’m dense, but because the art of fictional writing is so difficult to learn. Small courses, Medium. Intimate. Huge. For the serious writer Kauai Writers Course offers the best opportunity to move to the next level. It helped me- big time. To break out of the cocoon and become a published writer, the recommendation is to associate oneself with the writing community. The Kauai writers conference gives us that chance: fellow learning writers, expert published writers, agents, publishers etc. I especially liked the respect shown for the Hawaiian culture. I also liked the faculty mixing in with us at breakfast and lunch. They were very approachable and friendly. Surprise of all surprises, or perhaps I am improving enough to have earned it, but I got a request for the full manuscript from one of the agents I met with. Utterly thrilled at this.”
— Pierce Scranton MD, retired professor of medicine, and former chief physician for the Seattle Seahawks. Founder of a mission in Vietnam to treat landmine victims. The author of Playing Hurt: Treating the Warriors of the NFL, and currently working on a novel.
“I want to say how much I am enjoying my Kauai online workshops. The speakers have been excellent and the variety of topics keeps me engrossed every time. I know well how challenging it is to organize and keep abreast of a workshop series with many participants, and just want to reiterate how much I appreciate all the effort you put into these programs. I hope next year I’ll be able to attend the Kauai conference in person once again.”
— Jim Garland, Ph.D. physicist, professor, and the former 20th President of Miami University of Ohio. Author of Saving Alma Mater: A Rescue Plan for America’s Public Universities.
“I don’t know why this was my first year, but it will become the first of many. I’ve been to a lot of writing conferences, all entertaining but not all impactful. Yours is life-changing. . . for many reasons. Thank you.”— Lisa Crawford Watson, writing instructor for CSU Monterey Bay, author of thousands of feature articles in local and national newspapers and magazines.
“This is my third time at the Kauai conference and it gets better every year. I think you are doing a remarkable job of organizing a truly informative conference and bringing us the best people in the business whether that be writing, screenwriting, editing, publishing, finding an agent and navigating the publishing and writing world. I think this is the premier writers conference in America.”
— Frances Burke, educator, author, lifetime learner