Kauai Writers Conference is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting the literary arts, improving literacy, and to helping aspiring writers of all ages and backgrounds learn craft in a supportive and open environment infused with the Aloha spirit. Kauai Writers also sponsors monthly writers' retreats and an ongoing writers' critique group, all free of charge.
Here's what your funds will be used for:
- Scholarships for students (high school and college) and senior citizens on Kauai.
- Air travel and lodging for the top talent serving as presenters at the conference.
- Web development to get the word out.
- Writing contest and program for local high school and college students.
- National writing contest for writers of all ages.
Here are the top professionals who, with your help, will make Kauai Writers Conference 2015 so special:
- Colson Whitehead, the author of The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, The Colossus of New York, Apex Hides the Hurt and Sag Harbor, all published by Doubleday/Anchor. He is a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
- Jill Landis, whose 26 novels have earned distinguished awards and slots on such national bestseller lists as the USA TODAY Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in Single Title Historical and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner.
- Vanessa Diffenbaugh, whose The Language of Flowers (Random House) was on the New York Time’s Best Seller List for 50 weeks and is one of Amazon.com‘s Top 100 Books of 2014. The book has been translated into 40 languages.
- Laura Moriarty, whose The Chaperone, is a New York Time’s Best Seller and one of Amazon.com‘s Top 100 Books of 2014. It is being made into a major motion picture by Fox Searchlight Pictures. She has published four novels.
- Lynne Cox, a world-renowned swimmer, an inspirational and motivational speaker, and a New York Times Best Selling and award-winning author. Her books include: Swimming to Antarctica; Grayson; South with the Sun, and Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert's Survival Guide For Triathletes And Open Water Swimmers.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges attendant with successfully funding this project all involve successfully executing the conference program. We already have the venue secured. Should presenters fall ill and be unable to attend, we have access to local faculty and published experts who can step in. We also have the experience gained from the hugely successful Kauai Writers Conference 2014 to guide us in making sure that all elements of the conference come together to serve the needs of participants and presenters alike.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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