The Hali‘a Aloha Writing & Publishing Program

The Hali‘a Aloha Micro Memoir Workbook and Fall 2020 releases

Micro Memoirs. Big stories, short forms.

A guided memoir writing and publishing program created by Legacy Isle Publishing and series editor Darien Hsu Gee

Let us help you tell your story. Hali‘a Aloha—cherished memories—strives to capture moments both big and small, harnessing the power of short forms to preserve our lived experiences.

Work with your manuscript-already-in-progress or start fresh and follow our program to write and produce a micro-memoir collection in nine months to a year (six months for writing/editing; three months for production, printing, and shipping). Both packages include professionally designed finished copies released under the Legacy Isle Publishing imprint. Your book will be available for sale online in print, and for Signature Package authors, in e-book format as well. Under our hybrid publishing model, you own your copyright, and royalties will be paid on sales. 

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How our micro memoir program works

The Hali‘a Aloha series is a memoir program that uses a mix of short and long narrative forms, focusing especially on the use of micro memoirs to tell your story. Micro memoirs are succinctly written personal stories, memoirs, events and reflections, usually between 50 and 300 words. 

Hali‘a Aloha encourages narrative snapshots and compression, vignettes and glimpses. The micro-memoir format is different from traditional long-form memoirs, which are generally structured like a novel. Each micro memoir is a chance to dive deep into a memory, to pull out the physical and emotional details of that instance, then get back out a few hundred words later.

This micro-memoir format serves both the writer and the reader. For the writer, it’s a way to move into personal material quickly, especially for memories that might be difficult or charged, and to write in short, consistent bursts. Writing this way channels our energy so we distill the most important elements of a moment into an evocative or interesting piece of writing. 

Readers can experience a micro memoir in the amount of time it would take to finish a cup of tea. The form gives the reader permission to move through your life stories at their own pace, and to jump in wherever they’d like.

Write at your own pace

The Hali‘a Aloha program follows a six-month writing schedule, with three to four months for editing and production. The program is designed to be completed within one year—the average is nine months, from writing to publication. Some writers may finish sooner—it’s up to you.

Our proprietary, easy-to-follow Hali‘a Aloha workbook and planner helps keep you moving forward with your project. Each week consists of short assignments and writing exercises. The assignments include reading and other activities that help you get into a focused state of mind and hone your writing skills. The writing exercises serve two functions: to generate new work for your memoir and to keep you writing regularly. These exercises are not mandatory—you can write about whatever you want, however you want.

In addition, you’ll receive weekly emails to help keep you on track, plus access to a comprehensive library of writing, editing and publishing resources. All clients receive a one-on-one Welcome Consult (via Zoom), and Signature Package clients receive regular one-on-one and group check-in/Q&A video sessions in addition to editorial feedback.

As you go through each week, your writing will get stronger. You’ll have a clearer sense of how everything fits together and, ultimately, the story you want to tell. You may have thought your book would be about your childhood, but maybe it’s about something else—love and loss, or finding family, for example. Trust this process. It will take you where you want to go.

Your life’s story is worth sharing—let us help you get it into the world. Become a Hali‘a Aloha author today!

"I have known that I would write my book since I was seventeen … I have written in short spurts over the years. Letters, essays, websites. I wrote a pitiful compilation of essays in 1997. I blogged for a short time in 2013. I never knew where to start, how to move forward, how to put it together in something whole and meaningful. Hali‘a Aloha gave me the tools, the framework, the guidance, the feedback, the mentoring. I stand on the threshold of publishing my first book and it’s one of my most satisfying achievements of my life. I would not have done it without Hali‘a Aloha." - Ric d. Stark, Hawaii Calling
Hali‘a Aloha Micro Memoir assignment key: Read, Focus, Prep, Write
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