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Writing Retreats of 2016

Click HERE for the flyer announcing the DATES for the 2016 Retreats and providing a REGISTRATION FORM.  As in the past there will be 9 Retreats during the year, each of which will be on a Saturday from 9:30 am to around 2 pm. 

The 2016 Retreats will all be at Windward Community College, a room in the 'Akoakoa Building, but may change from session to session. We will met again in our room of  'Akoakoa 107/109 for Jan and Feb, but that might change.

As previously, there are two OPTIONS for Registration, with separate class numbers, either registration for the whole year including all 9 sessions, or registration for each session separately, with registration for up to 3 sessions possible at any one time. The costs have gone up a bit. 

The biggest changes come in HOW to REGISTER: 

1. Registration MUST be done in ADVANCE.
Walk-In Registration on the day of the Retreat is NOT available.
2. Online Registration is encouraged.
3. In-Person Registration at the office window is fine if you are on campus.
4. Mail-in Registration with a check is fine. Be sure to allow mail delivery time.
5. Payment by phone with a credit card is NOT POSSIBLE any longer.

If you have questions about registration or location, phone Dal at 235-7433.
It's best to register early. It's not too early to register now before the holiday rush.

The last Retreat of 2015 comes Dec 12 to be followed by the Christmas Tea Party later that day. 
The first Retreat of 2016 will be Jan. 17.

Urban Sketchers Oahu

Market your ART in Laguna Beach, CA

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Questions? 1-888-9-FINEART

  • Network with 1000's of Galleries and Collectors in other Cities
  • Artists work and gallery maps on a major iPhone APP
  • Networking with Artist Groups across the country - Artists DO NOT need to live in the city of Laguna Beach

  • Direct Links and artist's information is displayed for each artist with 9 digital images of art work.

80 galleries and a million visitors per day! Laguna Beach, CA


Applications being accepted at


click below for their website:

November Deadlines: Contests and Lit Mags with Deadlines This Month

Check for upcoming requests for artwork nationwide.

Summer Pen Woman Magazine

NLAPW:   Sign up for the blog to get the Poem of the Week, special features (not too many, we aren’t into inbox inundation!) and calls for submissions.

Two new publications are available on our bookstore: a beautiful calendar with artwork by members spearheaded by Virginia Campbell, and The Light Between Us: true stories of healing through creative expression, edited by April Myers with Marilyn Lewis and Treanor Baring.
Visit the bookstore:

Check the Honolulu Museum of Art website for their weekly events; here is the link:


Na Mea Hawaii

Juried Art Services: a listing for national and international juried art shows

Rebecca Woodland teaches hands-on culinary classes where you will learn how to

  • Create tasty, satisfyingly plant-based dishes that please kids, adults, and even non-vegetarians
  • Simplify food preparation
  • Gain confidence and skills, and overcome culinary fears
  • Reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more
  • Save time, money, and energy
  • Make healthier choices
  • Enjoy cooking and eating your own delicious vegetarian foods!

Where: Manoa School of Art & Music, Manoa Marketplace behind farmers' market
When: every Tuesday morning (including holidays), 9:30am-12:30pm
Who: You!
Cost: Only $50 per person, includes lunch, recipes, personalized instruction.
(Price may increase in 2015) Advance registration required.
Contact or text (808)295-3027.

“Heatless & meatless” recipes are featured in the hot weather season. Most classes are vegan and gluten-free.

Rebecca also offers Cooking Parties for 4-20 people, in your home or wherever you decide. A great way to CELEBRATE a birthday, bridal shower, or anything else! Larger groups may be accommodated, depending on the venue.

Individual and small-group culinary instruction ~ in your kitchen ~ can be arranged to suit your specific needs.

All classes taught by Rebecca Woodland, author of The Blonde Vegetarian and other cookbooks.

Visit for more information



Vera Stone Williams (Letters), a past president of Honolulu Pen Women, is available to edit your manuscript. Vera is the author of two acclaimed and popular non-fiction books on the role of women in the US Armed Forces: WASPs - Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII and WACs; the History of the Women's Army Corps, 1942 - 1978. She has also written a number of screenplays and a novel.

Here's what others have said about Vera:

"Vera Stone Williams not only carved my writing—she lived it.
Her willingness and trust to accept my erratic ways of telling a story not only encouraged me to pursue my writing but also supported me when I found myself doubting my abilities. She was a friend, a critic and my True North. Without her, my novel, The Thief of Secrets would probably have been “lost at sea,” but her commitment to guide me through it, and see it done, eased my journey. Vera was the buoy that kept me and my manuscript afloat."
 - Celma Ribeiro, author of Thief of Secrets

"I've been working on and off on my novel for several years without resolving the problems. Vera read my two-hundred-seventy pages. She opened my eyes to strategies to, on my own, organize the book and find and stay on focus. Her help was excellent. I'm on the right track now." - Shari Peterson

Contact Vera and find out what she can do for you: (808) 479-8502 or


I’m not a chicken farmer but I am a transformational writing coach.

Writing a book can be daunting. International author MARCIA ZINA MAGER (Letters) is now working with novice and professional writers - NOT teaching how to write, NOT critiquing or editing work - but helping the writer express their authentic point of view.

Whether novel, memoir, non-fiction work, screenplay, essay, article - Marcia’s promise is the same: Together we’ll set a realistic goal and produce real results on paper. But more importantly, you’ll learn how to navigate and thrive in the challenging, mysterious, tumultuous terrain called the creative process.

Free initial consultation.  Visit

Check out the list of Tamara Moan's creativity classes for this Fall through the Honolulu Museum of Art. They sound like good fun. Click here for a pdf of Tamara's classes at Linekona.

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