Registration Now Open for the 2020 Desert Writers’ Retreat

Where it all began. tahiti village night

Past: May 11-17, 2014; May 17-23, 2015; May 8-14, 2016; May 14-20, 2017; May 20-26, 2018; May 19-25, 2019
May 17-23, 2020
Editors: Anca Szilágyi, Jarret Middleton, Paulette Perhach, Aditi Rao, Elizabeth Thorpe
Host: Jordan Hartt
Registration: $17.50, $1,750, or $3,500 usd, available at bottom of page.
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Live and write among the cactus, mountains, and sunsets of the Mojave Desert, near the pulse and energy of Las Vegas. Open to writers across all genres, the Desert Writers’ Retreat is where Kahini first began, in 2014, and is a gentle blend of community writing time, personal writing time, and the option to visit and write with other residents, set amidst the beauty and tranquility of the Mojave Desert and Las Vegas.

Each of Kahini’s eight week-long writing retreats are built around the same idea: that good writing happens when you combine craft-focused writing sessions with private editorial sessions–and put it all in a beautiful, inspirational environment for writers.

Learn more, or register here!

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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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