Pam Houston Joins Maui Writers’ Retreat Faculty

pam houstonNovelist, short-story, and nonfiction writer Pam Houston has joined the 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat faculty, alongside poet Kim Addonizio.

Each faculty member will teach a week-long workshop in Lahaina.

Pam Houston’s most recent book is “Contents May Have Shifted,” published in 2012. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories– “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Waltzing the Cat”–the novel, “Sight Hound,” and a collection of essays, “A Little More About Me,” all published by W.W. Norton.

Her stories have been selected for volumes of the Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

The 2018 retreat will be the second annual Kahini event in Maui. Other events are scheduled for Poipu, Kaua’i; Negril, Jamaica, and Las Vegas, Nevada, with an additional event to be added on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

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Registration Now Open for the 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat

18_Q2_MAUFeaturing poet Kim Addonizio, the 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat takes place in Lahaina the week of January 14-20. Enjoy a recap of the first retreat here!


Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, “The Poet’s Companion” (with Dorianne Laux) and “Ordinary Genius.”

Kim has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Her latest books are “Mortal Trash: Poems” (W.W. Norton) and a memoir-in-essays, “Bukowski in a Sundress” (Penguin).

lahaina mapShe recently collaborated on a chapbook, “The Night Could Go in Either Direction” (Slapering Hol Press) with poet Brittany Perham. “Writing is an ongoing fascination and challenge,” Kim says, “as well as being the only form of spirituality I can consistently practice. I started as a poet and will always return to poetry—both reading and writing it—for that sense of deep discovery and communion I find there. There are only two useful rules I can think of for aspiring writers: learn your craft, and persist. The rest, as Henry James said, is the madness of art.”

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Registrations Open for Changing Channels

Deepen and broaden your ideas of what memoir can be.

Date: 10 am-4 pm, Saturday 8 July and 10-4pm, Saturday 15 July
Location: Manuka Room, Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre, Paraparaumu
Faculty: Lynn Jenner
Cost: $150 for two days of tuition and refreshments
To register contact: [email protected]

Most people who write memoir have to climb over the obstacle of thinking that it is egotistical to write about yourself. This is perhaps especially true of people brought up with the idea that it is bad manners to talk about yourself. I agree with George Orwell who thought that all writing is, to some extent, egotistical and I don’t believe that memoir is necessarily any more self-absorbed than any other genre. It depends how you approach it.

If you have things you want to talk about, whether they are personal or historical or political, sometimes using yourself as the ‘eye’ is the best way. This is especially true if you want to record things only you would know, or your own ideas or perspectives on something. In this workshop we’ll look at what other writers are doing with memoir, how to let in new ideas when you are describing your own experiences and get constructive feedback on the results.

The workshop is intended for people who have a memoir project underway, or are thinking of writing a memoir. You’ll bring one episode from your memoir text to the first meeting and then, between the first and second meetings, you’ll get a chance to experiment with your memoir style. Then in the second meeting we’ll workshop the pieces and have a go at revising them again..

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at [email protected].

Lynn Jenner started her writing career at 50 with a year’s full-time study at Whitireia Polytechnic. Since then she has completed an MA and a PhD at the International Institute of Modern Letters and written two books, Dear Sweet Harry (AUP) in 2009 and Lost and Gone Away, (AUP), published in 2015. Dear Sweet Harry won the NZSA Jessie MacKay prize for the best first book of poetry and her memoir Lost and Gone Away was a finalist in the non-fiction section of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in 2016. Lynn teaches creative writing and mentors writers. In 2017 she published research into the teaching of creative writing. Lynn’s author website is

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