Hawaii Writers Group Launches WebsiteMarch 17, 2016, 11:10 AM HST · Updated March 17, 11:10 AM 0 Comments
Hawaii Writers Group—formed by writers for writers as a central source for the state’s literary community—has launched its website with a wide variety of information.
The site serves as a resource for Hawaii-based publishers, agents and clubs, as well as writers, connecting them with information so they can learn about and interact with others interested in the local writing scene.
“The islands have a vast and vibrant writing community, but there is no single website that serves their needs, listing all the events, writing services and writing groups, or that offers the chance to connect with others locally and statewide,” said Co-Founder Melissa Crawley. “Hawaii Writers Group was started to fill that need.”
The website contains directories with contact details for publishers, editors, agents and writing coaches as well as information on Hawai‘i-based publications that take freelance submissions.
The events section lists details for the islands’ writing festivals and other meetings, and its news section offers writers a chance to announce dates, milestones and other information to help promote their work.
“We want the work of the islands’ writers to be seen,” said Crawley. “Our free membership gives writers a chance to promote their work on the site and across our social media platforms. Self-promotion is a necessity in today’s publishing environment and sharing news with the Hawaii Writers Group community on our site and beyond is an easy way to get attention.”
In addition to a members-only forum for writers to exchange services and share experiences, the website features monthly columns that offer non-legal advice from experienced authors and how-to pages explaining specific aspects of the industry, including how to self-publish and how to find an agent.
“The website’s columns and how-to pages offer practical advice designed to help writers navigate the literary industry and avoid common pitfalls in the journey to getting published,” said Co-Founder Howard Fields. “It’s a tough ride from pen to publication. Hawaii Writers Group wants to make it easier.”
Crawley and Fields are published authors.
Crawley’s first book was on presidential representation on the television series The West Wing. Her upcoming book is a history of journalistic TV criticism.
Fields is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors, a book on the Nixon impeachment effort, and Tommy’s Wars: Paradise to Hell and Back, the true story of three members of an innocent Hawai‘i family caught in the wrong places at the wrong times in World War II.
Membership is open to all Hawai‘i-based writers who sign up.