We gather at Camp Mokulē‘ia, a 40-acre facility stretching along a remote beach on the North Shore of O'ahu, Hawai'i. Writers from Hawai‘i, the mainland US, and elsewhere come to work under the guidance of nationally known writers, editors, and agents. We coach writers in producing pieces worthy of publication through guided workshops, one-on-one meetings, and sessions on publishing. Writers are encouraged to draw from nature and tap their own creative wellsprings. This dovetails with one of the missions of the nonprofit Camp Mokulē‘ia: to raise ecological awareness and bridge Native Hawaiian and Western ideas of sustainability.
With the Waianae Mountains at our back and the open ocean at our front, we break bread with colleagues, gather in daily workshops, salute the morning sun in yoga, write privately in the shade of ironwood trees, and wander along the beach. We even dance some hula. The theme, nā wahi ho‘oulu, acknowledges that a sacred spot like this will inspire us to explore other places — whether in the heart, in memory, or in the moment.
Programming, Meals, and Single Occupancy Lodging $1,275.00
Programming, Meals, and Double Occupancy Lodging $1,125.00
Programming, Meals, and Cabin Lodging $950.00
Meals and Double Occupancy for companions $500.00
Afternoon sessions only
Day rate for all meals and workshops $825.00
Afternoon workshops and lunch $350.00
Tuesday and Wednesday evening programs are free and open to the public.
The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat is an annual gathering that brings three dozen writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir to the North Shore of O‘ahu for a week of intimate workshops and coaching. The retreat is high-level and professional — but also low-key and tuned in to the beauty of the surroundings. We foster an exchange in several directions — between islanders and mainlanders, published writers and budding writers, Native Hawaiian artistry and mainland publishing.
The retreat is led by North Shore native Constance Hale, the author of five books, the editor of more than two dozen, and a journalist whose stories about Hawai‘i appear on CD liner notes, as well as in publications like The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian magazine. (One recent book, The Natives Are Restless, is about the hula.) The retreat faculty includes a mix of writers and editors from both the islands and the mainland, all of whom have deep experience in publishing.
For more information please contact our reservations department at (808) 637-6241 or register online today at https://www.campmokuleia.org/mokuleia-writers-retreat.