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Monday, February 25, 2013

W.R.I.T.E @ Honolulu Retreat this December (Update #3)


By now, most Readers know I’m organizing W.R.I.T.E. (Writers’ Retreat Island-Time Escape.)
Originally announced here, the W.R.I.T.E point is to enjoy a FREE* writers’ weekend on Oahu, Hawaii.

(*How I wish I could arrange to bring everyone who wants to come by winning the Lotto here in Hawaii an-
oh, there is no Lotto in Hawaii… Well, if I won $1 million on a scratch ca-
oh, there are no scratch cards either…

OK, I tried… you’re on your own :)

Obviously, you’ll need to pay your way here, find accommodation, a rental car, pay for your own meals, drinks and stuff like that… but the rest – as in locations, I got covered J

As mentioned before, W.R.I.T.E is from Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, which coincides with the 72nd anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the 41st Honolulu Marathon.

No. 1 Son reads the names of those added to the USS Arizona Memorial

So, with a budget in the range of a big, fat ZERO, I can’t put on anything fancy, but I do have a rough schedule as promised – it will get better… (and don’t laugh :)

 Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
1 p.m.: Opening Meet and Greet session (Conference Room - Pearl Harbor)

Barbers Point Beach
2 p.m.: Travel to Barbers Point Beach (20 mins)

3 p.m. Guest speaker (TBD – don’t laugh, seriously)

4 p.m. read-and-critique session by the beach (until the sun goes down and we can’t read.)

Sat. Dec. 7, 2013

8 a.m. Breakfast on the bay at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH) (Details to follow…)

9:30 a.m. Travel to meeting room (Pearl Harbor – 10 mins)

10 a.m. – noon Workshop (TBD)

Noon to 1 p.m. Non-hosted lunch at base food court.

Bellows AFS
1:30 p.m. Boat ride/tour to USS Arizona Memorial
3 p.m. Travel to beach at Bellows Air Force Station (20 mins)
3:30 p.m.: Read-and-critique session by the beach (until the sun goes down and we can’t read.)

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
6 a.m. to 2 p.m.: IF you’re interested in joining me, I’m running the 41st Honolulu Marathon. (It won’t take me eight hours – maybe seven J  - I’m just blocking the timeframe.

IF you’re not doing the marathon, here’s a provisional schedule:

8 a.m. Breakfast on your own
9 a.m. – 10:30 Workshop TBD (Pearl Harbor meeting room)
10:40 – 12:10 p.m. Workshop TBD (Pearl Harbor meeting room)
12:20 – 2 p.m. Workshop TBD (Pearl Harbor meeting room)
3 p.m. Closing ceremony, non-hosted “early dinner” at Sam Choy’s (beachside) Seafood Restaurant (JBPHH)
The schedule is TENTATIVE, but I plan to lock everything down and add more as I can (i.e. I’m looking for volunteer speakers with related expertise – no “little blue pill” salesmen need apply. J.
The schedule will be updated at least monthly through September and then I will update it weekly.

I’m also going to reserve every Monday for the latest news and updates. (Next Monday, I will fill out some of the TBD slots :)

If you have a question, leave it in the comments – and I will respond via comments – or directly if requested.

PS… one other announcement:

The Linky List for the Got Green 2.’0 BlogFest goes live Friday…

Hope you can join me in celebrating all things Oirish… to be shure J



Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh that sounds wonderful ...

I wish I didn't have that teaching gig, so I could attend.

Of course, if I didn't have that teaching gig, I probably wouldn't be able to afford to go.


S.P. Bowers said...

Sounds like you're doing a great job setting everything up. Can't wait to hear more about it and live vicariously :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's really coming together, Mark!

Meradeth Houston said...

This looks like an awesome conference! I need to work on my teleportation skills :/

David P. King said...

That's great that you're putting this together. I'm seriously considering it, but with kidlets and the budget, I can't commit as of yet. Hopefully things will change later down the year. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

One day, I will visit Hawaii! Can I pitch a tent in your yard? Just joking. Don't go telling imaginary mom I'm a squatter.

Suzanne Furness said...

Sounds wonderful! Maybe if I win the lottery!

Nancy Thompson said...

Sounds divine! I'd either have to win our lottery or sell a crapload of books. Neither is very likely. *sigh*

Mark Means said...

It sounds like you have a lot of great ideas and I hope it's a huge success for you. If I had the money and wasn't afraid to fly, I'd totally be there.

Carrie Butler said...

I love how it's all coming together! I'm so excited for you. :D

Livia Peterson said...

I love your plans, Mark but I won't be able to make it. This conference sounds incredibly fun to me. Maybe the next time.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

It all sounds so wonderful.

Rena said...

This sounds so wonderful. I really want to go. My problem is going to be the whole having finals then problem. We'll see what the future holds, maybe I'll get lucky.

Samantha May said...

I'm still working on convincing the parentals. I'll wear them down...soon.

Misha Gerrick said...

Sounds amazing to me. Sadly I'm on the other end of earth, though. :-)

Elsie Amata said...

Still want to go. Still to broke to go. Still thinking of a really cool way to come up a ton of cash without risk of getting arrested....

Melissa said...

I think I'm going to mourn reading on the beach until sunset most. :(

You had better post pictures after. ;)

Unknown said...

So cool!


In negotiations with my better half at the moment ... going to leave random, conspicuous, and gorgeous Hawaii photos in her path for the next few weeks.

Nicole said...

Whoa, look at you being all organized with the agendas. Sounds like fun for sure!

Chancelet said...

Oh, I believe you can get the lotto on line, no? :)

Again, sounds like a great time, but no, I'm not talking about the marathon. Everything else, yeah.

The Christian Writers Seminar was very good. I did get connections to a couple of critique groups, and the workshops were informative and encouraging. I'm looking forward to those critique groups.

Unknown said...

Awesome! Props to you for organizing such a grand event! I wish I could come, and who knows, I might. I'll be with Elizabeth in the tent, lol! :P

nutschell said...

oh wow! Sounds like a fun event!Good luck in the marathon!

Unknown said...

Oh how I would love to join you. You sound like you have organized a really cool event. I wish you all the success in the world. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

That sounds so perfect. But as I'm in the UK, it would probably be just slightly too expensive for a weekend. The marathon sounds amazing!

Chancelet said...

I'm happy to say that I've got a resort reservation at The Imperial Hawaii Vacation Club at 205 Lewers St., Honolulu.

Is that close enough to where the retreat is? Please let me know ASAP. If it's too far away, I need to cancel by tomorrow to not lose anything.

jaybird said...

This is amazing Mark. Can't believe you put all of this together. If I could come up with the cash, I'd be there in a hot second.

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