Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hawaii Fiction Writers

 2018 Events

   Invite a friend.  Save the dates.   

Our focus in 2018 will be “character-driven fiction.”  Character drives fiction ... 
but what drives your characters?  Your program suggestions are welcome!  

* Saturday, January 27 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library -  Writers Workshop:  “Strong Entrances: First Impressions of  Characters in  Fiction” (workshop leader:  Michael Little).  “A fictional person is balanced in the doorway between non-existence and being.  Can the author imbue his character with a projected ray of life, a compelling human future with which the reader can identify?”
* Saturday, February 24 - 10:30 a.m. - Kapolei Library - Readings:  “When Love Goes Wrong”  followed by lunch at Assaggio Kapolei.

* Saturday, March 17 - 10  to noon - Aina Haina Library - Writers Workshop:  “Caveman Fiction and Agatha Christie: Imagining and Writing a Two-Character Scene.”  Continuing the Hawaii Fiction Writers focus in 2018 on character-driven fiction.  Brush up on your caveman history, or just let your imagination run wild.  Plan ahead, and we will be writing and sharing during the workshop.  We’ll discuss the basics and importance of a two-character scene, how it can be the genesis of a short story, or even a novel.  We will also examine the opening two-character scene from Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library, featuring the unsuspecting Col. Bantry and Mrs. Bantry, sleeping peacefully, unaware that there is, of course, a body in their library.

* Saturday, April 21 - 10  to noon - Aina Haina Library - [postponed due to Aina Haina flooding]

* Saturday, May 19 - 10:30 a.m. - Aina Haina Library - “Bring Out Your Best” - Share the best of your own writing, your personal favorite - [postponed due to Aina Haina flooding]

* Saturday, June 16 - 10 to noon - Epiphany Episcopal Church (10th & Harding in Kaimuki) - Joyce Maltby will speak on what drives character, from her years of experience in directing and acting in the theatre, where developing character really counts. Joyce Maltby’s lifetime career in theatre has taken her throughout the U.S. as an actor, director and teacher. In Hawaii she’s known for her work at MVT, DHT, ACT, UH Manoa, TAG and as founder of the HPU Theatre program, serving as Theatre Professor for 23 years. 

Saturday, July 21 - 10 to noon - Epiphany Episcopal Church -  Writers Workshop:  “Sidekicks & Buddies in Fiction & Film.”  From Adam & Eve (add a serpent), to Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, to Holmes & Watson (add a mystery), to Butch & Sundance, to Poirot & Hastings, to Thelma & Louise, to Han Solo & Chewbacca ... the list is endless!  Workshop led by Michael Little.

* Saturday,  August 18 - 10 to noon - Epiphany Episcopal Church - Tracy Trevorrow (Professor of Psychology at Chaminade University) on character development.  Also: Report from the  May 18-20 Master Class with John Truby (“The Anatomy of Story”), which was held at the Ala Moana Hotel.

* Saturday, September 8 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - TBA

* Saturday, October 20 - 10:30 to noon - Kapolei Library - Readings

* Saturday, November 17 - 10 to 11 - Aina Haina LibraryHigh School & College Short Story Contest Winnersfollowed by end-of-year luncheon.

Friday, May 19, 2017


2017 Events

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* Saturday, February 25 - 10:30 a.m. - Kapolei Library - Readings, followed by lunch at Assaggio Kapolei.

* March 16 thru 19 - Left Coast Crime Convention at Hilton Hawaiian Village,  See

* Saturday, April 22 - 10  to noon - Aina Haina Library - “Songwriting and Poetry & Prose: the Interplay of Art Forms” with Steven Goldsberry and Dylan Nobuo Little.

* Saturday, May 20 - 10  to noon - Aina Haina Library - Workshop and Readings: “Six African American Poets, from Langston Hughes to Maya Angelou” -  Ten poems with elements that are also part of fiction, such as narrative, character, setting (both time and place), point of view, voice, tone, word choice, and imagery. Workshop leader: Michael Little.

* Saturday, June 17- 11:30 a.m. - Readings and lunch at Assaggio Kahala.

* Saturday, July 29 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - John Simonds, “News, Notions and Narratives: Using Verse to Mine the Memory.”

* Saturday, August 19 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - Workshop and Readings: Christy Passion and Ann Inoshita.

* Saturday, September 9 - 10 to noon - Aina Haina Library - Writers workshop: “Pinocchio at the Keyboard” - Wikipedia lists 34 kinds of lies, a gold mine for fiction writers! - Workshop leaders: Michael Little and Craig Howes, UH professor and director of the Center for Biographical Research at UH Manoa.

* Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 a.m. - Kapolei Library - Readings, followed by lunch at Assaggio Kapolei.

* Saturday, November 18 - 10 to 11 - Aina Haina Library - High School & College Short Story Contest Winners, followed by end-of-year luncheon.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hawaii Fiction Writers Events: August thru October 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016:

10:00 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library

Guest Speaker: Craig Howes

Craig Howes, UH professor and director of the Center for Biographical Research at UH Manoa, on “How do you turn personal experience or factual material into fiction?”:

There are huge debates about this at the moment, with people talking at length about “biofiction,” which is sort of the equivalent of a film’s claim to be “based on a true story.” And more and more, you’re hearing novelists and short story writers saying things in interviews like--“Of course, my work is based on my own experience--but I add unicorns and alien lovers.” And of course, in other cases, short stories and novels draw extensively on historical or contemporary events--DeLillo, Martin Amis, Hilary Mantel, etc. etc.--but place fictional characters at the center. (It used to be called “historical fiction”) Iʻve actually written about this, and talked about what constitutes a “fictobiographical pact” with the reader.

Saturday, September 17, 2016:
10:00 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library
“Opening Lines” - Workshop led by Michael Little

As Glinda the Good Witch says in The Wizard of Oz, “It’s always best to start at the beginning.”  Twenty opening lines from literature to amuse and inspire, first drafts of a dozen opening lines to familiar stories and novels, and a chance to write opening lines for a snippet of monologue overheard on a Honolulu street.

Saturday, October 15, 2016:
10:00 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library
“Poetry Skills for Fiction Writers

Workshop led by Ann Inoshita

Ann Inoshita, who teaches at Leeward Community College and has published both poetry and fiction, shares her insights on how fiction writers can draw on elements of poetry to enrich their stories.

Monday, January 4, 2016

You're Invited!

In 2015, Hawaii Fiction Writers presented writers workshops and readings, focusing on the elements of fiction, including character, plot, dialogue, point of view, and setting. In 2016, we focus on mystery writing and other genres. Here’s the schedule for events January through May.

Saturday, January 16, 2016 -                                           

Hawaii Mystery Writer Laurie Hanan

10:00 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library  


Join us as for an informal Q&A with local mystery writer Laurie Hanan! Laurie grew up in the picturesque islands of the South Pacific. She moved to Seattle to study photography and dance at the University of Washington. On Oahu Laurie had a career with the Postal Service and raised three children. She retired in 2006 and started writing the Louise Golden mystery series. Titles include Almost Paradise, How Far Is Heaven?, Another Day in Paradise, and Stairway to Heaven. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016 -
“What's Life Without a Little Mystery?” - Readings by Laurie Hanan, Rosemary & Larry Mild, Gail Baugniet, and Kent Reinker

10:30 a.m. to noon - Kapolei Public Library

Saturday, March 19, 2016 -11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Assaggios Kahala - Lunch & Readings

Saturday, April 16, 2016 -10:00 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library - “A ___ Walks Into a ____”: Writing a Comic Scene -Workshop led by Michael Little

Saturday, May 21, 2016 -10:00 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library - “Mystery Writing”: Workshop led by Rosemary & Larry Mild

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hawaii Fiction Writers:
Mary Lou Sanelli speaking
Saturday, November 21

10:00 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library
Guest Speaker: Mary Lou Sanelli

Followed at 12:30 by lunch at 
Ryan’s Grill in Ward Centre.

A WOMAN WRITING (Aequitas Books, 2015), is Mary Lou Sanelli’s newest title. Mary Lou Sanelli has published seven collections of poetry and two works of non-fiction, AMONG FRIENDS (Aequitas Books, 2009) and FALLING AWAKE (Aequitas Books, 2007). 

Her regular columns appear in Seattle’s City Living Magazine, Art Access magazine, as well as the Peninsula Daily News & Lilipoh health magazine. She has written for the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, Seattle’s NPR station KUOW FM, and many other publications and radio stations. 

She works as a successful literary speaker and is booked at regional and national conferences and many other venues. She is also a master teacher of Lyrical style Jazz Dance and teaches classes & workshops throughout the world. She lives in Seattle.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hawaii Fiction Writers: upcoming workshops & readings

Hawaii Fiction Writers calendar of events:

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 11:30 a.m. - Luncheon & Reading at Assaggio Kahala.  Join us for lunch! Featuring readings by Leslee Ellenson, Malena Brooks, and Carol Catanzariti!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 10 a.m. to noon - Writers Workshop at Aina Haina Library. Workshop on character led by Craig Howes of the University of Hawaii!  Join us.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library.  "Computer and Software Tips for Writers," led by computer wizard David Jones!  Also bring your pages to read and share.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 10 a.m. to noon - Aina Haina Library.  Writers Workshop:
"Plot, Character, and Setting: The Journey Home, with Stops in Dickens' London, the Land of Oz, and Fenway Park."  
Workshop led by Michael Little.

Join us as we explore the relationship of three major parts of fiction, as illustrated in "A Christmas Carol," The Wizard of Oz (film version), and baseball.  Including a writing exercise: write a short plot summary (beginning, middle, and end), opening paragraph, and closing paragraph (we get to leave out that pesky middle!).

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Hawaii Fiction Writers reading at Kapolei Library on June 13

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Hawaii Fiction Writers will be having its first public reading next Saturday, June 13, at the beautiful Kapolei Library.  Please join us ... should  be fun ... and spread the word!

Where:  Kapolei Public Library
Date:  Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time:  10:30 a.m. to noon
Lunch:  Assaggio Kapolei (just a couple of blocks from the library) ... we have a reservation for noon.

Reading will be Carol Catanzariti leading off, Marie Hara, Rosemary & Larry Mild, Christy Passion, and, batting sixth and playing emcee, Michael Little. Each reader will have 10 minutes to read, which will leave time for some questions and discussion.  

Looking ahead for Hawaii Fiction Writers in 2015:

(1) lunch (and short readings by Leslee Ellenson and a couple of other writers TBA) Saturday, July 18, 11:30 a.m., at Assaggio Kahala ...

(2) return to Aina Haina Library for writers workshops at 10 a.m. on third Saturdays: August 15, September 19, and October 17 (more details on these later).