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Bring top authors, editors & agents to Kauai to help aspiring writers learn craft, get published and contribute to the literary arts.
Bring top authors, editors & agents to Kauai to help aspiring writers learn craft, get published and contribute to the literary arts.
43 backers pledged $3,863 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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    Get listed in the conference program as a Conference Supporter. Help ensure the success of the conference.

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    A signed copy of Lynne Cox's book: Swimming to Antarctica. You'll thrill to the story of Lynne's courage and endurance and to the fact that her signature is on the title page. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Champion.

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    A signed copy of Jill Landis' book, Glass Beach. This love story is sure to capture your heart as will Jill's signature on the title page. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Champion.

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    A signed copy of Jill Landis' book (and part of her Tiki Goddess series) Three to Get Lei'd. You'll laugh out loud when you read this wonderful, heartfelt mystery. And you'll cherish Jill's signature on the title page. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Champion.

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    A signed copy of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language of Flowers. You'll love this incredible book and cherish having Vanessa's signature on the frontispiece. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Champion.

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    Hypnotherapy session with Certified Hypnotherapist and conference founder, Dave Rosenberg. Overcome blocks, fear, and other limitations. Boost creativity. Increase efficiency and effectiveness. The session can be conducted remotely by Skype. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Patron.

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    Copyedit of your manuscript or document. Submit up to 15 pages of your work and receive a professional copy edit from Dr. Hiyaguha Cohen, published author, columnist and conference founder. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Patron.

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    Craniosacral session with certified Visionary Craniosacral and Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner, and conference founder, David Dinner. Experience deep healing and enhanced well being. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Patron.

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    Intuitive healing session with Camille and Rick Copeland. Camille & Rick Copeland are a Visionary Intuitive Team. They answer your difficult questions, providing profound insights and solutions. The session can be conducted remotely, by Skype. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Patron.

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    Session with Camille Copeland. Camille is a Visionary Intuitive carrying a highly charged nurturing energy; revealing amazing insights to support clarity in your personal journey, loving relationships, good fortune and abundant health. The session can be conducted remotely, by Skype. Plus get listed in the conference program as a Conference Patron.

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    Attend the conference. Get all three days of the conference plus continental breakfast and lunch each day. Support the action and be part of it.

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