Honolulu Writers Conference offers how-to info and advice
If you're a writer or a writer wannabe, you might want to set aside Oct. 20 for the Honolulu Writers Conference.
Twelve workshops taught by published authors, editors and writing teachers will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center.
Choose one morning workshop: fiction, nonfiction, children's writing, cookbooks, how to get published, self-publishing, magazine writing or poetry. Also choose an afternoon session: staying motivated, memoir writing, screenwriting and short stories. Literary agents will also provide free manuscript critiques.
Registration is $70. Mail checks to Aloha Press, 934 Wainiha St., Honolulu, 96825. Call 395-1161 or e-mail email@example.com .
Movies opening Friday:
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age": Actors Kate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and director Shekhar Kapur reunite for the follow-up to their 1998 art-house hit, "Elizabeth." The indomitable 16th-century queen is now in her middle years, her rule openly challenged by Spanish King Philip II. Her trusted advisor (Rush) uncovers an assassination plot that could include her own cousin Mary Stuart. On top of that, the queen is in love with the rugged explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). (PG-13)
"The Final Season": A small-town high school baseball coach (Sean Astin) motivates a hangdog team to win one last season before being merged into a larger school district. (PG)
"Michael Clayton": George Clooney stars as a burned-out "fixer" at a Manhattan law firm assigned to reel in the firm's chief litigator (Tom Wilkinson), who's suffered either a psychotic meltdown or a moment of clarity when he tries to sabotage a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit. (R)
"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?": Perry's new comedy is about a group of married college friends who, when they reunite for their annual retreat in the snowcapped mountains of Colorado, find themselves instead re-examining their marriages. Janet Jackson and Jill Scott star. (PG-13)
"We Own the Night": Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg star as two brothers -- one's a nightclub manager, the other a cop -- who take on the Russian mob to protect their father, the chief of police. Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall co-star. (R)
BROWN BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS
COURTESY CHINEN & ARINAGA
Tom Yamamoto, left, Amanda Tamanuvao, Katy Perry, Cindy Tanouye and Manny Golarza help load donations collected at Iliahi Elementary School for the Honolulu Community Action Program. Tanouye, of Chinen & Arinaga Financial Group, asked Wahiawa schools to collect items for the homeless in brown paper bags of all sizes. Donations were collected last month, and Chinen & Arinaga awarded $300 to Helemano Elementary, which had the highest rate of participation. Iliahi received $200 for its efforts; Wheeler Middle School, $100.