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Kaua‘i Writers Conference Offers Discounts

June 21, 2016, 3:20 PM HST
* Updated June 21, 3:23 PM
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kauai writers conference festivalThe Kaua‘i Writers Conference, which will be held from Nov. 3 to 6 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Kapa‘a, has announced special discounts for Big Island residents.

“Our mission is to support the growth and development of Big Island-based writers by providing unparalleled access to top authors, industry-leading literary agents, and recognized expertise in self and indie publishing,” said Conference Organizer Dave Rosenberg. “We want to help Big Island writers to get their careers to the next level and build bridges to the national community of writers.”

The conference will provide opportunities for local writers to work directly with prize-wining and bestselling authors, as well as literary agents at the top of the publishing industry.

Local presenters will include bestseller and Kaua‘i resident Jill Landis, author of 26 novels including the Tiki Goddess series).

Local literary luminary Priya Parmar (Vanessa and Her Sister) will also serve as a presenter.

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The lineup also features Christina Baker Kline, whose novel Orphan Train spent 90 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List—five of which at No. 1—and over 100 weeks on the USA Today Top 100 Books List.

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American Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Luis Urrea will also present.

In addition to Kline and Urrea, the conference faculty includes Nicholas Delbanco, author of 25 books of fiction and non-fiction.

Jonathan Maberry, former chair of the National Book Award panel, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner and author of the Joe Ledger series and multiple Marvel Comics, will also participate.

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Screenwriting professional Larry Barber, of Andromeda, X-Files and Cagney & Lacey fame, and Elena Delbanco, author of The Silver Swan, will also be participating.

Five literary agents from top literary agencies will provide one-on-one critique and pitch sessions with attendees.

They represent major authors, such as Jonathan Franzen, John Grisham and Wally Lamb.

Terry Persun, self-publishing and Amazon/Create Space expert, will also be on the faculty.

“For local writers to have the opportunity to work with authors of this caliber is a rare thing,” said conference organizer Hiyaguha Cohen. “And for those working on screenplays, thrillers, memoirs or novels, the Master Class Workshops may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from a true master.”

For more information on the Kaua‘i Writers Conference, go online.

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