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  • Hawaii Writers Conference. Day 1

    I've attended the Hawaii Writers Conference (formerly "Maui Writers Conference) four out of the past five years, and I can easily say this opening was the most powerful. I cried. I laughed. I stood with my mouth open, shaking my head, holding my hand to my heart. Read More
  • Day 4: Bryce is Back

    A little Paul Newman, a little Johnny Carson.  By the close of the Maui Writers Conference, all the women in the audience had fallen in love with Bryce Courtenay.  Or, at least, co-director Shannon Tullius and emcee Sam Horn.  Truth is I think I did, too.  My love didn’t come from his antics Friday night.  My love developed this morning, as Bryce shared with a ballroom of writer wannabes just how he became Australia’s best-selling author ever.  It’s a classic Kleenex story.  Tears rivered my face.
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  • A Long Walk On The Beach

    The Kings of Appletown was directed and produced by Oscar-winning Bobby Moresco.  You might know his work.  He co-wrote Crash and Million Dollar Baby, scooping up Hollywood’s most prestigious awards for both movies.  This new movie was written by Bobby’s daughter Amanda.  It was a perfect choice for the Maui Writers Conference, because it was inspired by one of America’s favorite literary masterpieces:  Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Read More
  • Day 3: The Book

    For me, it was Roots.  Alex Haley’s masterpiece is the book that introduced the power of storytelling to me as a teenager.  Shortly thereafter, it was Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  They both rocked my world. Today, I enjoyed breakfast with Elizabeth Evans, a literary agent with Reece Halsey North, and I asked her about what we have come to call The Book, and she admitted for her it was The Power of One by none other than Bryce Courtenay. Read More
  • The Secret to Getting Published

    According to the author of 23 books, William Bernhardt, the secret–and he admits this is something he shouldn’t share, that all his writer friends will shun him and editors will deny it and agents will drop him–but the key to getting published is to never give up.  They cannot beat you if you never stop, he says.

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  • Day 2: Advice, Thoughts and Quips from Around the Hawaiian Islands Writers Conference

    Mary from Everett, Washington:  “The best piece of writing advice I heard today came from Jillian Manus [of Manus & Associates Literary & Media Agency, Inc.] who said, ‘Know who reads your book and why, know what distinguishes your book from others and be ready to explain why you are the authority to write it.’
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  • Pat in Black

    For the first time ever, I saw Patricia Wood today wearing something other than white.  She gave a talk and a book signing today.  Maybe that had something to do with it.  Even though she’s like a little fish in the ocean known as a bird wrasse, darting here and there, I managed to wrangle a few bits of information out of her.
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  • Day One: Embracing Change

    The Hawaiian Islands Writers Conference opened with a chant and hula by Halau Hula Ka No’eau.  It’s tradition in Hawaii to open events–canoe races, groundbreaking ceremonies, writers conferences–with a recognition of the place and culture of Hawaii.
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  • The New Maui Writers Conference

    It’s the eve of the Maui Writers Conference, which they’re now calling the “Hawaiian Islands Writers Conference” because of its new location on Oahu, but like Coke Classic, I’m guessing the new name won’t stick.  New names don’t seem to catch on, do they?  Just like that restaurant in Princeville Shopping Center on Kaua’i.  I think its name is CJs, but everyone still calls it Chuck’s, because that’s what it was for years and years.  But John and Shannon Tullius, I’ll try to get it right.

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  • Aloha!

    “Aloha.” It’s a word we hear and use every day in the islands. It’s a Hawaiian word so common to the English language that it appears in most English dictionaries. My four-inch thick Webster’s Third New International Dictionary—which I have to dust off before every, infrequent use—gives the word’s definition as: LOVE, AFFECTION, KINDNESS—often used to express greeting or farewell.  And, yet, aloha can mean much more than that.
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