Hanalei author conducts workshop

Best-selling romance author of “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Heat Wave” and “Glass Beach,” Jill Marie Landis, has tapped into love and bringing family together.

Every Thursday in April, starting next week, the Han-alei resident will be bringing together fellow writers for a fiction workshop at the Kilauea parish hall, across from the stone church at Kilauea and Kolo roads.

Landis, a member of the Romance Writers of America, has spoken at national conferences and taught workshops at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, but this will be her first time conducting a workshop here.

“For the first hour, I’ll be presenting information, and there’ll be a question-and-answer session. It’s sort of a free-flow as it comes up,” Landis said.

“I’ll see who’s on the same wavelength so they can keep going after (the workshop).” Landis said those taking the workshop will be doing a lot of exercises throughout the month.

“I’m going over things like how to flesh out a character, plotting, descriptions, research, whatever the group needs,” she said.

“Then they’ll have assignments for them to take home and work on. This will give them a good base to get going.” The fee for the month-long fiction workshop is $150, and enrollment will be limited, Landis said.

Landis has had two of her books, “The Orchid Hunter” and “Just Once,” on the New York Times Bestsellers Plus list, and nine books on the USA Today Best-selling Books lists.

Aside from being an author, Landis holds a lifetime teaching credential, and prides herself in being able to break down information so it’s easy to use and comprehend.

Landis also said the workshop will touch a little on how to get published.

Landis is holding this fiction workshop while she is in between projects. She is working on another trilogy series, and on getting her latest hard-cover book, “Heartbreak Hotel,” into paperback form.

For more information on Landis, visit jillmarielandis.com, or call 826-4484.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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