SOURCE: Hawaii Writers Conference

August 06, 2009 18:55 ET

Hawaii Writers Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

Joseph Finder, Karin Slaughter, Kristin Hannah and Ron Powers Join Jacquelyn Mitchard, Mitch Albom and More at Writers' Event

HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwire - August 6, 2009) - The Hawaii Writers Conference (HWC) today announced the complete line-up of keynote speakers for the upcoming conference from September 4 to 7, 2009. Joining previously announced HWC speakers Jacquelyn Mitchard ("Deep End of the Ocean") and Mitch Albom ("Tuesdays With Morrie," "The Five People You Meet in Heaven") are Joseph Finder ("High Crimes," "Power Play"), Karin Slaughter ("Fractured," "Undone"), Kristin Hannah ("Firefly Lane") and Ron Powers ("Mark Twain: a Life," "Flags of Our Fathers"). These acclaimed writers will share rare insights into the art and craft of writing at the four-day event in Honolulu, Hawaii.

HWC also announced that lower-priced tickets for the Norah Jones gala fundraiser for the Hawaii Writers Foundation are now available to give all of Honolulu an opportunity to participate. Ticket prices start at $100 with a one-time Friends of the Hawaii Writers Foundation membership fee. Tickets are for sale online at

Each year, HWC offers aspiring writers the insights they need to write a saleable manuscript or screenplay, and to achieve success. The conference draws hundreds of aspiring writers, screenwriters, songwriters and poets, as well as the industry's leading agents and editors from organizations such as Simon & Schuster, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Dutton and HarperCollins Children's Books.

In addition to seminars on fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting, HWC offers specialty workshops on children's and young adult books, journalism, magazine writing, food and cookbook writing, poetry, and navigating the business of writing. HWC attendees can also meet one-on-one with agents and editors.

Previously announced HWC keynote speakers in the screenwriting category include Bobby Moresco ("Million Dollar Baby" and "Crash"), and Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine").

About the Hawaii Writers Conference

Since its first event in 1993, the Hawaii Writers Conference and Retreat has grown to become one of the largest writer's conferences in the world. Formerly called the Maui Writers Conference, it attracts a long list of bestselling authors, Academy Award-winning screenwriters, and the top literary and film executives in the business. Past presenters have included Ron Howard, Carl Bernstein, Frank McCourt, Dave Barry, Carrie Fisher, Joan Collins, Aaron Sorkin, Tony Hillerman and Wendy Wasserstein. Visit

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