Writing the Six-Word Hawaii Memoir

Ready to flex those memoir-writing muscles?

SixWordMemoirGiveaway

To celebrate the release of Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir: Advice and Exercises to Help You Tell Your Story by Darien Gee, we’re giving away three sets of memoir books, including the new how-to guide, plus a 15% discount credit on a Legacy Isle Publishing package. All you have to do to enter is share your own Six-Word Memoir®. See the end of the post for complete details.

The Six-Word Memoir® is the brainchild of SMITH Magazine. The goal is simple: Write your memoir in exactly six words, no more, no less. You can’t break up compound words but you can play with contractions (“do not” = two words, “don’t” = one word). Their tagline sums it up: One life. Six words. What’s yours?TM

Here are some examples shared in Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir:

“Born on O‘ahu, raised on Hawai‘i.” (Kai Ibana)
“Got hit, life bit, rage quit.” (Taran Takahashi)
“I live clean and surf mean.” (Kamuela Spencer-Herring)
“All my scars are my stories.” (Ryan Hooley)
“Roping wild cattle is a battle.” (Levi Higa)
“He loved me but left anyway.” (Elsbeth McKeen)

And here are a few written and shared by visitors to our booth at the Hawaii Book & Music Festival:

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Here’s how to enter:

  • Post your own Six Word Memoir in a comment below. Your memoir MUST be six words, exactly.
  • Additional entries: Post a DIFFERENT memoir on our Legacy Isle Publishing Facebook Page and/or on Twitter (don’t forget to tag us @LegacyIsle). Memoirs submitted for each channel must be unique. Duplicate entries will be discarded. You may enter once per channel (blog comment, Facebook, Twitter).
  • Each memoir submitted is entered in our drawing for one of three prize packages to be given away.
  • Entries must be submitted by July 15, 2014. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 2014!
  • Legacy Isle Publishing is not responsible for misdirected or improperly tagged entries.
  • Open to U.S. residents only.

Each prize package consists of:

Legacy Isle Authors at Hawaii Book & Music Festival 2014

These Legacy Isle Publishing authors will be attending their first Hawaii Book & Music Festival next weekend, May 3 & 4, at Honolulu Hale. Come down and support them!

Author Frances Kirk, The Society of Seven: Last of the Great Show Bands, will lead a panel discussion on the famed entertainers, with co-panelists John Berger (Honolulu Star-Advertiser) and Brickwood Galuteria.

Panel discussion begins at 2pm on Sun., May 4
Makai Authors’ Pavilion

Books available at the Watermark Publishing/Legacy Isle tent all weekend.

ADVANCE PURCHASE EVENTJoin author Norman Osumi at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii for a special presentation in the Community Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 2 to 4pm.Mr. Osumi will share his thoughts behind writing this book about his late father. Advance copies of Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message will be available for purchase at the event, ahead of general release to the public. Mr. Osumi will also sign books following the event.For more information, contact JCCH at (808) 945-7633 or email at info@jcch.com

Author Norman Osumi will host a tent of his own, offering Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message, at a special Festival price of just $15 (regularly $17.95), which includes a complimentary gift-wrapping option (just in time for Mother’s Day!). In addition, Norman will have copies of Rev. Osumi’s previous books, Today’s Thought, Volumes 1 and 3 (2 has completely sold out) for $3 each.

COMING SOON: Writing the Hawaii Memoir

Writing the Hawaii Memoir by Darien GeeWriting the Hawai‘i Memoir: Advice and Exercises to Help You Tell Your Story by Darien Gee from Watermark Publishing (our traditional publishing division) is an essential read for all aspiring memoirists. Author Darien Gee, a nationally bestselling novelist and writing coach based in Waimea, Hawai‘i, has assembled a collection of writing exercises, advice from more than 20 other Hawai‘i writers and detailed explanations of the various steps and phases in the memoir-writing experience. Appendices also cover other types of life-writing, such as autobiography/biography, oral history and corporate biographies, plus a handy list of resources.

Contributing writers include: Billy Bergin, Pamela Varma Brown, Bob Buss, Lee Cataluna, Ben Cayetano, Stuart Homes Coleman, Craig Howes, Patricia Jennings, Frances Kakugawa, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Beth-Ann Kozlovich, Leslie Lang, Gail Miyasaki, Warren Nishimoto, Mark Panek, Laurie Rubin, Phil Slott, Christine Thomas, David Ulrich, Chris Vandercook and Cedric Yamanaka.

Meet author Darien Gee at the Hawaii Book & Music Festival on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Darien will offer a presentation on memoir writing at 10am in the Makai Authors’ Pavilion.

For more info on the Festival, visit the official website.

Among the topics covered in Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir:

– How to brainstorm different themes and ideas
– Building a “bento box” and other ways to organize your memoir
– Overcoming writer’s block and other challenges
– Dealing with issues of libel, “talking stink” and copyright infringement
– How to choose the best way to publish your book
– How to stay encouraged and motivated

Here are practical tips and tools to take a wannabe author from, “You ought to write a book about that” to getting words down on paper to share with family, friends and generations to come.

—Robbie Dingeman, editor of HONOLULU Magazine and co-author of
Honolulu Homicide: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise

Everyone has a story to tell. Darien Gee instills the confidence every new author needs to let the words fly.

—Pamela Young, KITV news reporter and co-author of My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa

Visit the dedicated Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir page for printable worksheets, excerpts and tips.

COMING SOON: A Man and His Message—New Biography Shares the Inspiration Behind “Today’s Thought”

Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His MessageFor more than 35 years, Rev. Paul S. Osumi inspired generations of readers of The Honolulu Advertiser and other newspapers with his daily column, “Today’s Thought.” Thousands of copies of his simple aphorisms were clipped and saved, tacked to bulletin boards, stuck to refrigerator doors and carried in wallets. Now, in Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message, his son, Norman H. Osumi, tells the story of the man behind these treasured messages, including hundreds of favorite “Thoughts.”

Today’s Thought also features many of the inspirational speeches delivered by Rev. Osumi during his tenure at churches in the Gila Relocation Camp, where he and his family lived during World War II, and on Kaua‘i, the Big Island and O‘ahu. Photographs and letters from the Osumi family’s personal collection add a depth and intimate dimension to this profile of a quiet man who influenced so many. Rev. Osumi’s “Thoughts” resonated with people of all faiths and even those with no religious affiliation, speaking to his universal message of leading a positive, meaningful life.

After the beloved pastor’s death in 1996, Norman Osumi received many inquiries about publishing a new collection of “Today’s Thoughts.” Because three small volumes had already been published by Rev. Osumi himself (one in 1966 and two in the ’90s), Norman felt that any collection “would need something more.” Thus began a decade-long project to research his father’s life, with the goal of including a biography to add context to a new collection of “Thoughts.”

Born in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, Norman H. Osumi, a retired banker, grew up on the Waialua and ‘Ewa Plantations. He is the father of two children and resides in Honolulu with his wife, Carolyn. “My father’s words had a great impact on my life,” Osumi says, “and on so many others’ too. People needed guidance in their lives and he tried to provide that. Many of his pieces were about life in general. You may say what he wrote is merely ‘common sense,’ but until people read the messages, they don’t internalize the lessons. Father’s daily sayings gave people in Hawai‘i a set of values for living happy and meaningful lives.”

Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message is priced at $17.95 in softcover and will be available for purchase beginning September 15 at local bookstores, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii gift shop, Logos Bookstore of Hawaii and online direct from Legacy Isle Publishing.

ADVANCE PURCHASE EVENT

Join author Norman Osumi at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii for a special presentation in the

Community Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1 to 4pm.

Mr. Osumi will share his thoughts behind writing this book about his late father. Advance copies of Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message will be available for purchase at the event, ahead of general release to the public.

Mr. Osumi will also sign books following the event.For more information, contact JCCH at (808) 945-7633 or email at info@jcch.com

 

The Beginnings of Legacy Isle Publishing

Legacy Isle Publishing is a division of Watermark Publishing devoted to providing self-publishing services for aspiring non-fiction authors — particularly in the personal memoir, business biography and family history genres.

At Watermark, we began to receive so many inquiries from clients interested in self-financing their own book projects, we came to realize that we were well-positioned to offer these services as a regular part of our business, not just one-off clients. And so, Legacy Isle Publishing was born.

Not every book is meant for the traditional publishing route, in which a publisher takes on all the financial, production and promotional responsibilities. It doesn’t mean it’s a “bad book.”

Many of those who approached us for help had wonderful stories — but the realistic audience was only a few hundred readers. In other cases, clients were looking to share their business knowledge or the background of their founder — the potential audience was in the thousands, but it would take a long time to get there, would require a lot of dedicated effort, and the readership for these books wouldn’t be found browsing in the bookstore. And still others had no interest in selling their book on the public market — “I just want something nicely done that I can pass on to my children,” they said.

Before establishing Legacy Isle, we turned away several of these potential clients; others found the pricing too high and the quantity of copies included in the proposal too numerous. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out what our potential clients were looking for in a finished book —most of them didn’t know what they wanted, or where to start — and assembling each job quote piecemeal.

We have, since then, fine-tuned our offerings to meet the most commonly requested formats and options. The packages we now offer are the most economical and efficient options.

If you have a personal memoir or family history that you would like preserved for future generations; the story of your company’s founder that you’d like to present to potential clients to help them understand how you conduct business; industry expertise that you’d like to present professionally and offer for sale…we can help!