When: Aug 29 – Sep 1, 2008

Where: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI.

This year’s event is dubbed “Maui Writers Conference – On the Road,” because we’re holding the Conference and the Retreat in Honolulu. Honolulu offers many more opportunities for our attendees: the convenience and the number of flights, as well as a variety of hotels and dining options to fit everyone’s pocketbook. It’s a win/win for locals and mainland attendees alike. But even more importantly than economics or convenience, we’re moving to Honolulu because we believe we can make the Conference even more dynamic, more rewarding, and an even greater resource for our writers to succeed. At the same time, we have taken great strides to make sure that both the Retreat and the Conference retain that special intimacy that is one of the hallmarks of the Maui Writers Conference.

The following event recap was written by Maria Schneider of Writer’s Digest:

Maui Success Story Posted by maria 09/09/2008

Hi Writers,

I’m finally recovering from the 6-hour jet lag from Hawaii following the Maui Writers Conference and a week of frolicking on the big island—swimming in the wild with dolphins and watching hot lava spill into the sea—talk about inspiration!

The Maui Writers Conference was fabulous. Brian wrote some great post-conference articles including Gary Braver’s 10 basic ingredients of a successful thriller and Steve Berry’s 8 Rules of Writing, both of which are pulled from sessions we attended.

But as always seems to happen with conferences, the most inspirational words came from the mouths of the writers who are just on the cusp of making it.

Eldon Thompson first went to the Maui Writers Conference in 2000 to study with his writer/hero Terry Brooks. In 2003, after multiple trips back to the conference and much work on his manuscript, Thompson sold his 3-book fantasy trilogy Legend of Asahiel to HarperCollins and he’s just finished the screenplay adaptation of Terry Brooks’ Shannara series.

It’s success stories like this that make it all seem worthwhile. We’ll be offering video streaming of sessions from Maui coming soon via WritersDigest.tv so be sure to check back.

Keep Writing, Maria