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Writing Workshops Hawaii 2022

Writing Workshops Hawaii brings together fiction and nonfiction writers for an intensive four days of workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth discussions on the craft and business of writing. Our program is inclusive, intentionally small, and will take place among towering evergreens and fragrant ocean breezes along Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast.


Our workshops are open to writers who want to strengthen their voice, develop a greater understanding of craft, and forge a path to publication along the way. We take your writing seriously and place the highest importance on teaching the craft of writing so that students can produce meaningful and memorable work that has the opportunity to find a readership beyond the workshop. Our mission is to bring your writing out of the wilderness and into community, and for a week every February we think there is no better place to do this than on 50 oceanfront acres of gardens, wild groves, and ancient valley trails at our workshop retreat.

Aloha! Applications for our February 2022 Hawaii workshops are now open and will close on September 15th, 2021!

Workshop dates:

January 30 - February 4, 2022

Though our admissions process is competitive and the quality of writing high, all interested writers are encouraged to apply.


NOTE: The state of Hawaii is currently requiring incoming travelers to show proof of COVID vaccination upon entry.


Workshop Faculty:

Fiction Instructor Dr. Brandon Hobson is the author of Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, Finalist for the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and Winner of the Reading the West Award. His work has won a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Believer, Conjunctions, NOON, Publisher’s Weekly, The Paris Review Daily, Post Road, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. Dr. Hobson has taught writing workshops in Oklahoma, in Paris, at Amherst College, and also at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma. His most recent novel is The Removed (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2021).

Nonfiction Instructor Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny and of the New York Times Opinion series Going Off. Her work has appeared in GQ, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Harper's, Esquire, Playboy, National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, Washington Post, Ploughshares, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a Hawthornden Castle Residency, a Yaddo Residency, the Steinbeck Fellowship, and the Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is also a seven-time Moth Story Slam winner who has been featured on NPR.

Lodging at Hawaii Island Retreat

Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 6 days, 5 nights at Hawaii Island Retreat. This 4-star eco-boutique hotel and wellness spa is a place of intentional peacefulness, set among towering evergreens and ocean breezes along Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast. Three delicious daily meals, afternoon tea, and Wi-Fi are included in your workshop tuition. 


Class Size

Each fiction and nonfiction workshop will have no more than 8 participants each, led by by Brandon Hobson (fiction) & Diana Spechler (nonfiction). Each writer will submit two completed pieces of writing. One submission will be workshopped by your cohort and instructor and a second piece will be submitted for your one-on-one meeting with your workshop leader. Daily craft talks are open to all participants and led by program staff or faculty.

Schedule


Sunday, January 30, 2022

3:00PM: Hotel check-in begins.

6:30PM: Dinner meet & greet.


Monday, January 31 - Thursday, February 3, 2022

Mornings: Breakfast served. Workshops and one-on-one instructor meetings led by Brandon Hobson (fiction) & Diana Spechler (nonfiction).

Afternoons/Evenings: Lunch Break followed by optional craft seminar, led by faculty or staff. Optional mid-afternoon activity followed by dinner.


Friday, February 4, 2022

8:00AM-9:00AM: Goodbye breakfast at Hawaii Island Retreat.

11:00AM: Final check-out.


Optional Afternoon Activities will be included throughout the week. Full schedule detailed below.

Tuition

Tuition is $2,950 or $3,450 depending on room-type and includes the following:

  • Lodging at Hawaii Island Retreat for 6 days, 5 nights
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner with faculty and staff, plus an afternoon tea
  • Luau on Monday night
  • 4-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 8 writers, led by Brandon Hobson (fiction) & Diana Spechler (nonfiction)
  • Critical feedback on two writing submissions
  • Several craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars
  • One-on-one conference with faculty
  • Optional afternoon activities
  • The time of your life
  • Payment Plans: accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) or Lay-Buy (for applicants outside of North America) at checkout.
  • Accommodations: 9 Hotel Room's are available (tuition will be $3450  with hotel room accommodation) and 7 Yurt's are available (tuition will be $2950 with Yurt accommodation). Yurts come with a private toilet and sink, but will utilize a shared private shower area. In the common shower area there are  four private shower stalls, two indoor and two outdoor. Accommodations are first come, first serve, for accepted writers.
  • FAQ at the bottom of this page.


Schedule Detail



Application & General FAQ

What is the application deadline?

Applications for our February 2022 Hawaii Workshops are now open and will close on September 15th, 2021. Click here to apply now.

What is your COVID policy?

The state of Hawaii is currently requiring incoming travelers to show proof of vaccination upon entry. Updated information on Hawaii’s COVID restrictions, requirements, and policy can be found at the Hawaii Tourism Authority website. It is the responsibility of attendees of Writing Workshops to make sure they are vaccinated and have the appropriate documentation required to enter the state of Hawaii.

If the state of Hawaii or the United States government forbids entry to the state of Hawaii, or if Hawaii Island Retreat closes, for the dates of January 30-February 4, 2021, Writing Workshops will offer a full refund for program fees. Writing Workshops will not reimburse for any airline tickets or additional trip-related expenses incurred. If the Hawaii writing workshop takes place on the dates planned, no program fees will be reimbursed, regardless of attendance.

What will my application include? 

  • Brief bio  informing us of your involvement in the writing and literary community,  as well as any prior or forthcoming publications. (250 words max)
  • Purpose statement  explaining why you would like to participate in Writing Workshops Hawaii. You can also discuss current manuscripts or writing projects that  you might choose to workshop. (500 words max.)
  • Writing sample excerpt in fiction or nonfiction. This does not have to be  published work, though that is acceptable, nor does it have to be a piece you plan  to workshop. Complete works under the word count are not required;  excerpts are acceptable. (Fiction/nonfiction: 2500 words max).
  • Applications are open. Click here to apply now.

When will I know if I've been accepted to the workshop?

We  cap our workshop participation at 8 writers in each genre cohort(fiction and nonfiction) for the week. Our goal is to provide  an intimate, rigorous workshop environment so that participants can  come to Hawaii and find meaningful connections and excellent feedback on  their work. We will accept applicants on a rolling basis until each  cohort is full and then begin waitlists. Due to the volume of  applications and competitive acceptance, writers are encouraged to apply  early. We employ a reading committee of professional writers and  editors, and applicants will be notified after the application window  closes.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is either $2,950 or $3,450 depending on room-type selected.

What is the difference in tuition price?

Tuition is either $2,950 or $3,450 depending on room-type selected. Nine (9) Hotel Room's are available (tuition will be $3450with hotel room accommodation) and seven (7) Yurt's are available (tuition will be $2950  with Yurt accommodation). Yurts come with a private toilet and sink,  but will utilize a shared private shower area. In the common shower area  there are four private shower stalls, two indoor and two outdoor. Accommodations are first come, first serve, for accepted writers.

Are Payment Plans Available?

Yes. Accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or  opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting  Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) or Lay-Buy (for applicants  inside or outside of North America) at checkout.

What does tuition include? 

  • Lodging at Hawaii Island Retreat for 6 days, 5 nights
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner with faculty and staff, plus an afternoon tea
  • Luau on Monday night
  • 4-day  writing workshops in small groups of no more than 8 writers, led by Brandon Hobson (fiction) & Diana Spechler (nonfiction)
  • Critical feedback on two writing submissions
  • Several craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars
  • One-on-one conference with faculty
  • Optional afternoon activities
  • The time of your life
  • Note: accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or  opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting  Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) or Lay-Buy (for applicants  outside of North America) at checkout.

What is tuition payment schedule? 

If your application is accepted, full tuition is due by September 27th. You can pay your tuition in full or opt for a payment plan by selecting Affirm at checkout. There are no refunds of tuition after October 1st, 2021.

Where is the hotel and workshop venue?

Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 6 days, 5 nights at Hawaii Island Retreat.  This 4-star eco-boutique hotel and wellness spa is a place of   intentional peacefulness, set among towering evergreens and ocean  breezes along Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast. Three delicious daily  meals, afternoon tea, and Wi-Fi are included in your workshop tuition.

How late can I apply? 

We will accept applications through September 15th, 2021.

What will you do with my email?

We respect your privacy. We will only use your email to send you  information about Writing Workshops. We won't sell or rent your  email to other organizations.

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