The Art of Fiction

Registration is open for the Art of Fiction, a weekly email for those writing–or who want to write–the short story, novella, or novel.

On the first and third Monday of each month (Kaua’i time, (-10:00 UTC), you receive via email a short reading, craft lecture, and writing meditation that focuses on such core techniques as sensory detail, setting, characterization, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, visual presentation, titling, authorial identity, and theme–as well as those aspects of writing that go beyond craft, and the ongoing inspiration of the writing life. Learn more.

Applications for fully scholarshipped lodging, airfare, and all on-ground transportation to Kahini’s in-person writing retreats are available to members.

Twenty-four writers each year receive full scholarships: four to the January Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat, four to the February Kapiti Writers’ Retreat, four to the April Kolkata Writers’ Retreat, four to the July Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat, four to the October Kampala Writers’ Retreat, and four to the November Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat. Learn more, or apply.

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Exploring Sound Features in Poetry

Date: 9:30am – 4pm, Saturday 8 June 2019
Location: Waikanae Baptist Church, Te Moana Road, Waikanae
Faculty: Airini Beautrais
Cost: $86.25 including lunch
To register contact:

Sometimes the quest for meaning can shift the focus away from sound in a poem. In this workshop we will go back to words as the building blocks of poems and explore different ways to approach sound. We will look at examples of aural techniques used by different poets over time. We will develop ways to infuse our writing practice with the weird and the unexpected, and move past familiar and habitual modes.

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at

Airini Beautrais lives in Whanganui. She is the author of four collections of poetry, all published by Victoria University Press, most recently Flow: Whanganui River Poems (2017). She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Airini’s thesis looked at narrative in contemporary long poems and poem sequences.


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Writing Workshops, Gatherings, and Retreats

Kahini is a global collective of independent artists and writers living in India, New Zealand, Uganda, and the United States.

We host the annual Kaua’i Writing Residencies, the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat, the Kāpiti Series, the Kolkata Writing Residency, the Kampala Writing Residency, and the Olympia Writing Center.

These programs provide the space and opportunity to create, revise, and develop new work; deepen our creative practice; and finalise work for publication and/or public performance.

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