The Kauai Writers Festival attracts major authors of both literary and popular fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, and poetry.

The Kauai Writers Festival attracts major authors of both literary and popular fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, and poetry.

Now in its fourth year, the festival consists of:


  •  FOUR DAYS OF MASTER CLASSES  (November 5 through 8, 2018)

with top authors and industry experts on topics including fiction, memoir, screenwriting, poetry, and routes to publication

  • A THREE-DAY CONFERENCE  (November 9 through 11, 2018)

including Jane Smiley, Garth Stein, Sara Gruen, Kristin Hannah, Christina Baker Kline, Scott Turow, and Alice Hoffman. These discussions can take off in unexpected directions, but always focus on guidance for aspiring writers


with these and other authors on all aspects of the craft and the business of writing


in which attendees can pitch their manuscripts and receive focused critiques.


with leading experts on alternatives to traditional publishing

A contingent of top literary agents come each year to the Kauai event in search of new talent.

Attendees include both aspiring and already published writers. Celebrated authors come to relax, rekindle friendships with their peers, and share inspiration and insight. Bring this mix to the otherworldly beauty of Kauai and magic happens.

Writers find breakthrough inspiration and knowledge.

Lifelong friendships form.
Books are born. Deals get made.
And the Hawaiian spirit of aloha spirit infuses the entire event, opening hearts to intimate communication between faculty and attendees.

Many well-traveled people consider Kauai the world’s most beautiful island.
It’s difficult to capture its grandeur in photos, but throughout this website are a few that try.

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands. Its geological history has given it many more beaches than the others, and surreal landscapes. The wettest spot on earth, Mt. Waialeale, generates waterfalls that cascade down to regions as diverse as the arid west side, the rainforests of the north shore, and the fantastically sculpted cliffs of the Na Pali coast. Just twenty miles from the near desert climate of Waimea, the misty uplands of Kokee are home to endemic plants and birds found nowhere else on earth.

Kumu Sabra Kauka and her halau have opened the Kauai Writers Festival each year with traditional pule, chant, and hula.

Four generations of the Punua family have conducted Kauai’s best-loved luau for over sixty years.  They offer their performance and classic imu-prepared dishes on the first night of the conference.

Kauai’s Marriott Resort is one of Hawaii’s best. It sits on a lovely beach on its own cove—an excellent spot for novice surfers—and provides gorgeous indoor-outdoor meeting spaces and luxurious accommodations. Surfboards, stand-up paddle boards, and outrigger canoes are available just steps away. The Marriott has granted significantly discounted room rates to support the cultural importance of this event for Kauai.