January 18-21, 2013 – Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Surrounded By Inspiration
Home to Maui’s highest volcanic peak and one of the best white sand beaches in the world, the Aloha Writers Conference promises to be a writer’s paradise. The four-day event starting Friday, January 18, 2013, will kick off with a registration, orientation and E Komo Mai Welcome Reception featuring island music, delectable appetizers, drinks and the opportunity to meet some of the most respected authors and presenters. Click here to view full schedule.
Registration to the conference includes complimentary Continental Breakfast and Grab-&-Go Lunch on Saturday and Sunday, admission to the E Komo Mai Welcome Reception featuring entertainment, pupus and a cash bar, and two one-on-one “Pitch Sessions” with top agents and editors.
The AWC is the “Goldilocks” of writers conferences…“not too big, not too small, but just right.” Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from some of the best in the field in formal and informal settings.
Who Should Attend?
- New and experienced writers of novels, all genres
- New and experienced writers of creative non-fiction (memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, travelogues, etc.)
- Those interested in journalism, magazine and freelance writing
- Poets and story-tellers
- Those interested in writing children’s literature, cookbooks or other writing for the food industry
- Those who want to know how to pitch their work to an agent or editor
- Those who have never written, but have an idea for a book. To quote best-selling author, Toni Morrison, “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
- Avid readers who would like to learn how their favorite authors and poets weave their “word magic.”
- Those interested in learning more about the world of screenplay and TV script writing.
- Anyone with an adventurous spirit and imaginative mind.
Do you have a family?
Bring them along. There will be ample time to explore the extensive grounds, blanketed with exotic flowers and stretching to the Pacific. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua includes a 10,000 square-foot, tri-level swimming pool, with a 20,000 square-foot sundeck and a new children’s pool.
Free your creativity by joining our pre-conference sail to the island of Lana’i to watch whales and spinner dolphin rolling and leaping in the crystalline Maui waters. Click here to sign-up. Grab your clubs and hit one of the Ritz-Carlton’s two championship golf courses, stroll on the white sand beaches at sunset, visit the Honokahua Preservation Site, recognized by Native Hawaiians as a wahi pana (sacred site) that lies adjacent to the hotel.
The Retreat offers serious writers an opportunity to work under the mentorship of a New York Times bestselling author or playwright at the historic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, once the capitol of Hawaii. Five days in an intense but encouraging workshop allows authors to take their work to the next level. Sign up when you register!
The Gala Banquet
Don’t miss the fun, and this outstanding opportunity to network with your fellow writers. The Gala Banquet, on Sunday, January 20 from 7:00-9:00pm, will feature delicious island cuisine prepared by Maui’s top chefs, inspirational Keynote Speaker John Lescroart and entertainment by some of Hawaii’s most beloved musicians who will delight you with their songs, stories, and hula. The winner of the 5/5/5 Contest will be announced at the banquet and all attendees receive a special commemorative gift.
Cost is $95.00 per person.
We know that the end of the conference will leave you wanting more. You will have gained remarkable insights regarding your work and inspiration to begin or finish something of your own. However, with new knowledge come new questions. After the conference ends on Monday, January 21 join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Authors’ Tea. Sitting at a table of no more than nine plus the author, you will spend 20 minutes with each of four authors; John Lescroart, Diane Lake, Kaui Hart Hemmings, and Luanne Rice. You will be able to ask questions and learn from each of these authors as well as from your fellow participants. Tea and pastries will make the event that much sweeter.
Cost is $195.00 per person. Limited seating of 36, sign up now!