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Paul Wood Writer

Paul Devlin Wood is a self-employed writer with published credits in many areas, and he is a teaching artist in the field of imaginative writing.


Below, is a list  of Paul's awarded journalism focused on Island issues, cultures, and natural history.  Click on an award to view its corresponding article.


His teaching history looks three ways: creative writing courses at U.H. Maui College; residencies and workshops as teaching artist with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts; his ongoing project called Writing Without Pencils, focused on early childhood.


Teaching History


2013-2016 —A slew of school residencies and professional-development workshops, mostly grades K–5, in public schools on Maui, O'ahu, and Hawai'i Island


2012 —Gave two teacher workshops ("Writing Without Pencils") at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Washington DC.


2009 —Launched the Writing Without Pencils  project with the help of early childhood teachers from two local public schools.


2005 —Was accepted to the roster of endorsed teaching artists by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.


2004 —Began offering courses in Creative Writing (English 104) at University of Hawaii Maui College. In 2015 added the new 200-level Creative Writing: Poetry class.


1994 —Invited by Maui Arts & Cultural Center, began training as a teaching artist via The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Created and presented workshops for teachers.


1992 —Taught as lecturer at (then called) Maui Community College. Provided noncredit writing classes 1995-2003 with the college's community enrichment program (PACE).


1992—Left salaried employment in the classroom to work as a writer. At the invitation of the local Montessori School, began inventing lesson plans in creative writing for elementary students.


1988—Created Seabury Hall's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, which now includes a nationally recognized dance program, a

full season of theater events involving middle and high school students, and high-quality instruction in fine art and in music (band and choral).


1979 —Hired by Seabury Hall, college-preparatory private school Makawao Maui, English teacher with focus on writing. Established that school's drama program.


1977 —Worked at Lahainaluna High School Special Education Department, Yard Maintenance Skills (boys only).







2013  —Travel Writer of the Year


2012  —"Sports Reporting" First Place


2008 —"Magazine Feature Writing/Long Form" Finalist


2007 —"Magazine Feature Writing/Long Form" Finalist


2007 —Pa'i Award  from Hawai'i Publishers Association, first place for Editorial Feature ("Into The Remnant Forest")


2006 —Koa Anvil Award from Public Relations Society of America Best Hawai‘i PR campaign: "Malama Maui" for Maui Visitors Bureau Finalist for "Best in Show."


2005  —Excellence in Journalism Award

for Feature Writing/Long Form


2004  —Excellence in Journalism Award  

for Feature Writing/Profile


2001 —Lowell Thomas Travel Writing Award finalist for Escape to the Hawaiian Islands, Fodor's/Random House


2000  —Telly Award finalist for "The Purple Family," a short feature film created for the Hawai‘i State Judiciary System's Family Court


1999  —Ilima Award from the International Association of Business Communicators for "The Purple Family"


1999  —Pele Award for presskit brochure: Tedeschi Vineyards/‘Ulupalakua Ranch

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