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The second annual Kaua‘i Writer’s Conference is looking for Hawai‘i writers — and wants to give them a discount on attending its second annual three-day conference in May. But the discount for local writers ends tomorrow.

“The amazing early-bird bargain price of $349 for the conference’s full three days with our all-star faculty will go up to $429 after Jan. 15,” said Dave Rosenberg, the conference chairman. “Don’t miss the opportunity to attend for an unbeatable price and experience the learning, community, growth and skill-building that the Kaua‘i Writers Conference offers.”

Held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Kapa’a on May 1-3, the second annual Kaua‘i Writers Conference will host a number of nationally recognized authors, including: Colson Whitehead (a MacArthur Genius Fellowship recipient), Vanessa Diffenbaugh (The Language of Flowers, a New York Times best seller), Laura Moriarty (The Chaperone, soon to be a Fox Searchlight motion picture) and best selling athlete/author Lynne Cox (Swimming to Antarctica) at its three-day event.

“We’re excited to have such distinguished writers share their expertise and experience with our attendees,” Rosenberg said.

The conference, he sad, will welcome equally talented publishing industry faculty, including literary agents Julie Barer, owner of the Manhattan-based Barer Literary Agency, whose clients include Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End) and Kevin Wilson (The Family Fang), and Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

Along with author, agent and editor talks, conference sessions will include the unique Read-A-Palooza event, in which attendees can volunteer to have portions of their manuscripts read anonymously to the conference audience and faculty, resulting in immediate feedback from the scheduled agents and featured authors.

National advertising for the conference will begin in February, according to Rosenberg.

“With attendance capped at 150, we encourage interested writers to sign up early,” said Rosenberg, adding there is a payment plan for those who wish to pay in installments.

Another part of the conference’s campaign is the opportunity to support the community, a young writer or the cause of great literature contribute through its “Kickstarter” page.

Rosenberg said the philosophy of the Kickstarter donation is for many people to pitch in and help the Writers Conference achieve its $3,500 goal. Interested writers can sign up for the conference and access the link for Kickstarter at