Kids, Adults Sharpen Writ­ing Skills With Mililani Au­thor

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander - By SHAN­NON ROSEN­BERG

Award-win­ning writer Chris McKin­ney now shares his tal­ents through his own writ­ing school in his home­town of Mililani, where both youths and adults can en­hance and sharpen their skills to tackle school, fic­tion and screen­plays.

He and wife Mika, a mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist, opened the Chris McKin­ney Lan­guage Arts Cen­ter last win­ter, of­fer­ing a new ap­proach to learn­ing lan­guage by switch­ing up the cur­ricu­lum ev­ery week to keep students in­volved and en­gaged.

“We want to keep the kids in­ter­ested,” he said. “Ev­ery week we’ll change it up, whether it’s para­graph struc­ture or sum­ma­riz­ing sto­ries.”

One of the most en­joy­able parts of run­ning his own lan­guage cen­ter, he said, is work­ing with a large age range of clien­tele. “I like that we of­fer a va­ri­ety of pro­grams to a va­ri­ety of peo­ple. One hour I’ll be teach­ing 6- or 7-year-olds about gram­mar, and then the next hour I’ll be teach­ing a 60-year-old who is writ­ing a first novel.”

Lo­cated at

95- 390 Kua­he­lani Ave., Suite F, the cen­ter has sum­mer work­shops, free con­sul­ta­tions and as­sess­ments. For more in­for­ma­tion, email mck­in­ney­lac@gmail.com or call 230-7569.

A pub­lished au­thor and pro­fes­sional screen­writer who grew up in Ka­haluu, McKin­ney has six nov­els to his credit, in­clud­ing Mililani Mauka and the soon-to-be-re­leased Boi No Good. He has writ­ten a fea­ture film screen­play and a short film, taught at Honolulu Community Col­lege for 12 years and is cur­rently a Vis­it­ing Dis­tin­guished Writer at UH Manoa.

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