Workshops with powerful poets

December 16, 2020


We’ve mentioned Kahini many times before and are happy to report that the Kahini community continues to thrive in many places around the planet. There’s already much on the January calendar, including online writing seminars in both poetry and prose.

In particular, we note the following:

These workshops promise to set your poetry on a lively course for 2021. Follow the links to find more information and to register.

Coffee & Oranges

April 8, 2020

We’ve posted news from Kahini before, but have not previously mentioned their quarterly literary magazine, Coffee & Oranges.

An exercise in brevity, “Coffee & Oranges showcases short work that thrives through an alchemy of sensory detail, setting, character, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, title, authorial identity, and theme — and which transcends its own craft elements to arrive at the condition of art.”

Submissions to Coffee & Oranges are open. Read the guidelines!

Submit. Subscribe. Sign up for a future retreat.

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.

opportunity

October 19, 2018

Here is an opportunity for short-fiction writers at an almost unheard-of price. It’s a new Kahini program in short fiction designed for those writers who want the absolutely highest level of craft but are on a bit of a budget or unable to afford a traditional MFA program. The bi-weekly Studies in Short Fiction program focuses on the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Munro, Gabriel García Márquez, and William Trevor. Facilitated by Jordan Hartt, the year-long online program begins November 8, 2018. Read the complete description and register soon!

nurturing the story

March 14, 2018

If you are looking to create, refine, or publish short stories, consider this intriguing program from Kahini.

Eleven Stories is a year-long program exploring the genre from a variety of perspectives. Comprised of weekly text lectures and videos focused on 24 craft elements, the goal is to write one new short story each month. There are two tracks: Writing and Publishing, with lectures by Sheila Bender, Gary Copeland Lilley, Jordan Hartt, Sayantani Dasgupta, and others. Eleven Stories started in January, but if you’re interested, visit the Eleven Stories page or contact writing@kahini.org.

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).

human anatomyKahini has announced that registration is now open for “Writing The Body,” a one-day workshop happening on September 24, 2016, at the Monkeypod House in Olympia, Washington.

“Spend a full Saturday in September getting in touch with the sensory details and stories of our own bodies — and finding the inspiration and craft elements to turn these stories into a short-short story, poem, or short essay of 500 words or fewer.”

Jordan Hartt is the instructor and complete details are available on Kahini.org.

P.S. Kahini’s 2017 Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat is sold out, but registration is ongoing for the 2016 Kampala Writers’ Conference, October 9-15, 2016, in Kampala, Uganda, and is now open for the 2017 Desert Writers’ Retreat, May 21-27, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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