Register now for 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat in Lahaina

Poet/author Kim Addonizio will be featured at the 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat in January. -- Photo courtesy author

Live and write among the hibiscus, plumeria and sunsets in Lahaina while attending the 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat from Jan. 14 through 20 at the Aina Nalu condos in Lahaina. Registration is open for this retreat, which will feature immersive workshops by poet Kim Addonizio and prose writer Pam Houston.

In the mornings, attendees will work intensively with either Addonizio or Houston in a variety of styles, as they deepen and diversify their writing voice and find new writing inspiration.

Afternoons and evenings are left open so attendees can enjoy Maui on their own. Visit one of the world-class, award-winning beaches; discover the history and culture of the island through activities and tours; and enjoy the many dining options available.

Poet/author Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections and two books on writing poetry, “The Poet’s Companion” with Dorianne Laux, and “Ordinary Genius.” She has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes and was a National Book Award finalist for her collection, “Tell Me.”

She is making the week all about play and messing around. Participants in her workshops will be focusing on “Games of Chance” — from anagrams to random elements, following given rules and restrictions, as Addonizio encourages the idea to dig down into “what you didn’t know you were thinking until some chance language or rule or encounter triggered it.” She’ll be exploring the intersection of chance and willed elements.

Prose author Pam Houston will also be featured at the 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat. -- ADAM KARSTEN photo

Prose author Houston’s most recent book is 2012’s “Contents May Have Shifted.” She is the author of two collections of linked short stories “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Waltzing the Cat”; the novel “Sight Hound”; and a collection of essays, “A Little More About Me.” Her stories have been selected for inclusion in volumes of The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Award, the 2013 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. A professor of English at University of California at Davis, Houston also directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers and teaches in The Institute of American IndianArt’s Low-Rez Master of Fine Arts program.

She will be focusing on “Structure, and Why It Is Good For You.” She’ll be leading her writers to discover if, by occupying their minds with the rigors of structure, they are able to free both emotions and imaginations to “run a little wild.” Houston requires a bit of advance reading so participants are prepared for her workshop. Those interested may obtain the reading list from the website listed below.

Tuition is $700 per person for the retreat, $1,400 for tuition and villa with a private room, and $975 for tuition and villa with a shared room.

You may register at www.kahini.org/the-2018-maui-writers-retreat/ or email writing@kahini.org.


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