Tom’s writing workshops

“Sharing our stories is as old as humankind, and writing is just another way to do that. Everyone has something to say by virtue of living a life, but we have to learn how to get out of our own way to get it onto the page.”~Tom Peek

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Upcoming 2017 workshops...
  • "Tom’s workshops are popular because he not only brings his vast writing and teaching experience to the workshop, but also his compassion for his fellow voyagers on the writing journey."
  • ~Honolulu Weekly   Read here ›
  • "Tom creates a safe, supportive, non-threatening environment where we are free to write and share without judgment. He has helped me trust my inner writer, resulting in writing that has more honesty, emotion, and depth."
  • ~Kona writer Mary Park, winner of the 2009 Hawai'i Writers Conference prose competition

Writing for Inner Exploration and Life Reflection

Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Volcano Art Center

Tom Peek Workshop: Inner Exploration and Life Reflection Take a day out of your busy life to explore your deeper self and ponder the life you’ve lived so far. A batch of fun, offbeat, and provocative exercises will stimulate your mind’s creative regions and unearth your meatiest memories, highest aspirations, zaniest ideas, and most incandescent insights. Open to all levels and genres; no writing experience necessary. $75 ($65 for VAC members).

For information or to register, contact Cheryl at 808-967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org


Writing on the Wild Side

Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Volcano Art Center

Tom Peek Workshop: Writing on the Wild Side Hone your writing skills, explore your creative mind, and discover your unique voice in this popular writing workshop. Learn to silence your inner critic and unleash your expressive potential in a fun, fast-paced, and provocative day of pen-driven exploration. No experience necessary. $75 ($65 for VAC members).

For information or to register, contact Cheryl at 808-967-8222 or visit

(Past workshops)

Empowered by the Pen

Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Volcano Art Center

Tom Peek Workshop: Inner Exploration and Life Reflection Get your stories, poems, essays and ideas out of your head and onto the page with a fun and exciting workshop that liberates the writer within you. Tom’s unique exercises will stir your creative juices and stimulate the wild regions of your mind. Open to all levels and genres; no writing experience is necessary. $100 ($90 for VAC members).

For information or to register, contact Cheryl at 808-967-8222 or visit

Writing Family History & Personal Memoir

Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Volcano Art Center

Tom Peek Workshop: Writing Family History and Personal Memoirs Launch your personal or family story with this beginning workshop that gives you the tools to finally get that real life story down on paper. Learn simple but powerful techniques to get your pen moving and tap your rich storehouse of memories. Open to all levels and genres; no previous writing experience is necessary. $100.

To register, or for information on financial aid, please call 808-967-8222 or visit

Tapping Your Creative Right Brain

Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Volcano Art Center

Tom Peek Tapping Your Creative Right Brain Unlock the part of your mind that holds wild dreams, fascinating associations, deep metaphors, and other gems of imagination—then apply them to your writing. Open to all levels and genres; no previous writing experience is necessary. $100.

For details on tuition, financial aid, and lodging, visitcall 808-967-8222.




15th Annual Weekend Writers Retreat: Writing for Power, Heart & Vision

Celebrating 15 years! New location on Kilauea volcano!

Added day (now 3 ½ days)! Extended Writings!

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Tom Peek Writers Retreat Join an intimate community of writers in a focused weekend of writing, sharing, and inspiration. Tom’s most highly acclaimed workshop includes 3½ days of camaraderie and creative exchange. Designed to increase the depth and potency of your writing, the retreat includes stimulating sessions on Training Your Mind to See Detail, Pouring Emotion onto the Page, Tapping Your Unique Imagination, Striding toward Insight and Compassion, Overcoming Barriers to Writing, Focusing Your Work, and Making a Commitment to Writing. Cost of attendance is $375 and includes nine meals. Private and shared rooms are available for an extra fee. Limited to 12 students.

For details on tuition, financial aid, and lodging, visitcall 808-967-8222 or email


Empowered by the Pen

Saturday, February 2, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Volcano Art Center

Tom Peek Workshop: Inner Exploration and Life Reflection Get your stories, poems, essays and ideas out of your head and onto the page with a fun and exciting workshop that liberates the writer within you. Open to all levels and genres; no writing experience is necessary. $95.

For information or to register, contact thevia or call 808-967-8222.





Writing about Places

Saturday, November 3, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ala Kukui Retreat Center in Hana, Maui

Sponsored by: the Pacific Writers' Connection

Tom Peek Workshop: Writing about Places Hana Maui Grab a pen and take a journey into places important to you. Learn simple but powerful methods to explore the places where your personal or community history reside or where you’ve discovered inspiration or perspective. All levels are welcome; no prior writing experience is required.

For information and registration contact the Pacific Writers Connection at info@pacificwriters.org or 808-781-6147.


Read what others have said....

" The best Saturday I’ve spent in a long time!"   ~a student in Tom’s Empowered by the Pen workshop

" I got my booster shot from doctor Peek and I’m off to write!"   ~a student in Tom’s Family History and Personal Memoir workshop