Kauai Writers Festival Conference​​
November 9 - 11, 2018
Kauai Marriott Resort
Lihue, Kauai
 The conference includes talks by beloved authors (like Ellen Bass, Jane Smiley, Garth Stein, Sara Gruen, Kristin Hannah, Christina Baker Kline, Scott Turow, and Alice Hoffman), intimate small group discussions with the authors, individual sessions with literary agents, and group and individual consultations with leading experts on alternatives to traditional publishing. For more information see kauaiwritersconference.com.

Master Class Workshops offered November 5-8. 

Luncheon meetings

delectable detours


Art exhibition

writers' conference

writing competition

DeAnne Kennedy


The Process of Design

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  • ​​Every first Wednesday, 11:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from January through May, and September through October. All meetings feature fascinating presenters and presentations related to literary, visual, and performing arts. 

  • ​Throughout the year, interested Pen Women gather together to attend cultural events, preceded by a delicious meal near the theater or concert venue. Frequency of the outings depends the event and level of interest. Check here for upcoming Delectable Detours.

  • ​In the spring or early summer of every odd-numbered year, Pen Women Honolulu sponsors a juried art show featuring artwork of our members. Cash awards are offered.

  • ​In the spring of every even-numbered year, Pen Women Honolulu sponsors a writers' conference for members and the public, featuring distinguished authors and hands-on workshops. (Exception: 2018)

  • ​The Lorin Tarr Gill biennial writing competition (every even-numbered year) is open to all writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Cash awards are offered in each category. Click here for most recent winners.

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next luncheon meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

​   11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

    The Pacific Club          

1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu 




DeAnne Kennedy is a freelance designer currently living in Hawai’i. She has designed several shows for Manoa Valley Theatre. The first was In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play), for which she received a Po’okela award. Subsequent productions at MVT included Fun Home and Rock of Ages. She designed the past two seasons at Hawai’i Pacific University, The King and I and The Wiz for The Bright Foundation at Paliku Theater, and 2017 summer shows for Ohana Arts at Mamiya Theater. 

Previously, DeAnne was in residence for two years at UH Manoa as Assistant Professor of Scenic Design, and was Resident Scenic Designer at Pacific Conservatory for the Performing  Arts Theatrefest in Santa Maria, California, for five years. Also a Scenic Artist, she has painted before at University of Iowa, Krannert Center for the Arts, and Utah Shakespearean Festival. DeAnne guest designs regularly at Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Currently, she is designing The Wiz at Paliku, Pageant at MVT, and is working at the Pacific Aviation Museum.

DeAnne takes us into the world of the theatre’s visual artist. Her talk explores the joys and hazards of artistic creation and collaboration as the scenic designer takes a play from words on a page to its vision onstage.


   Members and Friends: $30
   Member: A dues-paying member of the National League of American Pen Women
   Friend: A person who has applied for Friend status and supports the Honolulu Pen Women with an annual, tax-deductible, donation
   Guest/Other: $32
   Late Fee: $5

             ATTENTION: Payments received after the deadline will be charged a $5 late fee in addition to the regular charge.                    If bringing a guest, please list the name(s) on your registration form.  

RESERVATIONS: Send your check to Baerbel Miller, 933 Kapoho Place, Honolulu, HI 96825. Please indicate your status (Member, Friend, Guest), the number attending, and names of any guests you may be bringing. Please notify Baerbel before March 30 if you will be paying cash at the door.

Reservations made after the deadline must pay a late fee of $5.00. If you cancel BEFORE the deadline, your check will be shredded. It will not be applied to the next meeting.

NO REFUNDS or CREDITS for no-shows or cancellations after the deadline.
If you’re worried about mailing your check too close to the deadline, please contact Baerbel Miller, to give her a heads-up.          Phone: 396-9324, Email:
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