tantalizing

September 25, 2019

Kahini has a tantalizing list of year-round offerings, including writing retreats on the island of Kaua’i in January, April, July, October, and November, and the 2020 April Poetry Symposium with Kim Addonizio. And there’s more: the Kolkata Writers’ Retreat, in April, and the Kampala Writers’ Retreat, in October. These programs have limited enrollment and fill quickly, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate.

Nothing!

This is the Aina Nalu villas, two blocks from Front Street, in Lahaina, Maui. In January, 2018, you could be there, enjoying a week of “play and messing around, and at the same time about following some given rules and restrictions” with Kim Addonizio. The Kahini 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat will fill up quickly. If you’re even slightly interested, visit Kahini and learn more soon!

writing with aloha

February 20, 2017

Kahini on Kaua’i

If winter (present or future) has you yearning for light, consider the delicious options on offer from Kahini.

There are still spaces available for The 2017 Hawai’i Writers’ Retreat, December 10-16, 2017, at the Aston Waikoloa Colony villas on the Big Island, with instructors Sheila Bender and Brenda Miller. The focus is the short-short, whether memoir, fiction or poem. Participants can also bring along non-participating spouses/partners for a very low additional fee.

If December doesn’t work for you, consider January 28-February 3, 2018, when Jordan Hartt will offer a week of writing at at the Villas at Po’ipu Kai for The 2018 Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat. Open to memoir writers, fiction writers and poets, the retreat again focuses on the short-short form.

There’s more!

The Kahini Café offers you a chance to write and workshop nine new short stories from the comfort of your home. There will be daily prompts, weekly readings and corresponding craft lectures, with MFA-level feedback. The Café meets monthly, April through December 2017.

For more, visit Kahini.org and browse the online contents of Kahini Magazine.

Short shorts in December

January 23, 2017

Hawai’i Writers’ Retreat

If blue water, balmy air and palm trees sound like the perfect prescription for December, you’d be well advised to jump all over this opportunity. It won’t last long. Registration is now open for the Hawai’i Writers’ Retreat, featuring Sheila Bender and Brenda Miller. Open to memoir writers, fiction writers, and poets, the Retreat is designed to get you to a completed 1,000-word piece in just one week, while you enjoy one of the most beautiful, inspirational places in the world — the Big Island of Hawai’i. December 10 through December 16, 2017. Details at Kahini, where you’ll also find links to the 2017 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat (March 3-5, 2017, New Zealand).

W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree

April 22, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of that occasion and in celebration of National Poetry Month, the hour-long video “W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree” will air on PBS stations nationwide over the next two weeks.

W.S. Merwin moved to an old pineapple plantation on Maui, Hawaii, in 1976. Since that time, while continuing his prodigious output of writing, serving twice as U.S. poet laureate (1999-2000, 2010-2011) and winning prizes and awards too numerous to mention, he has worked steadily to restore and regenerate the rainforest that once occupied the 19-acre site on the island’s north shore.

Read more about the film and see a nationwide broadcast schedule at The Merwin Conservancy, or check your local PBS station’s schedule for details. (In Washington, KSPS/Spokane will air the program on Sunday, April 17, at 4:00pm and KCTS 9 will broadcast it on Saturday, April 30, at 8:00pm and again at 3:00am on Sunday, May 1.)
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photo: Cicala Filmworks

Lako House

This is a guest post by Jordan Hartt.

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I’m excited that poet Erin Belieu will be teaching with Priscilla Long and myself at the just-announced 2016-2017 Kona Manuscript Seminars in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.

The program is designed to be analogous to just the thesis part of an MFA program: the goal is that by the end of nine months, each writer will have taken their manuscript as far as it will go.

The full overview of the program is here: www.kahini.org/kona.

The Kona Manuscript Seminars are being presented by Kahini, a group of inter-connected global programs whose other workshops include the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat and other year-round gatherings in New Zealand; the Kampala Writers’ Conference and other year-round gatherings in Uganda; and the Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat.

Jordan Hartt Jordan Hartt is a reader, writer, writing teacher, and community & events organizer. Creative work has appeared in many literary magazines and journals: a collection of rainy, watery narrative poems, “Leap,” appeared in 2015. He directly facilitates five annual writing retreats, serving just over two thousand writers per year.

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