Writing Craft

Kahini is a Bengali word meaning story, or tale—but not an ordinary tale: an extraordinary one.  

Similarly, at Kahini we seek to provide extraordinary experiences in the craft of writing, the community of writing, and the ongoing inspiration of the writing life. 

Kahini developed from the Conversations Across Borders project (2011-2013), which paired writers to create new collaborative work.

Writing Community

Writers Ananya Sarkar and Jordan Hartt met through the Project and in 2014 began running programs of our own. Wairimu Mwangi joined the Kahini team in 2015.

Writing Inspiration

Our Conscience Statement 
The craft of writing, the community of writing, and the inspiration of the writing life build connection and empathy, providing a deeper quality of life.

Our Vision Statement
Our vision is a world of increased connection and empathy.

Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to present the highest levels of writing craft, writing community, and writing inspiration

Our Programs
We accomplish this mission by hosting five annual writing retreats: two in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; one in Lahaina, Maui; and two in Las Vegas, Nevada.




wairimuWairimu Mwangi is a writer and the founder of the Literature Africa Foundation.

The author of six novels available in east Africa, her educational textbooks are used in schools across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana.

She is passionate about quality education for all and believes that without books or material to read, literacy suffers and when literacy suffers, opportunities decline. She enjoys mentoring youth, storytelling, travelling, reading and meditating.


asAnanya Sarkar is a short-story writer, book reviewer, and poet from Kolkata.

Her work has been published in such magazines as The Times of India, Woman’s Era, New Woman, 4indianwoman, Children’s World, KidsWorldFun, Muse India, Induswomanwriting, Conversations Across Borders, Indian Ruminations, Earthen Lamp Journal, Spark and The Madras Mag.

Ananya won the first prize in both the Story Writing Contest by the American Library, Kolkata, as part of the Fiction Festival 2008; and the Induswomanwriting Poetry Contest, 2012. She was also a prize winner in the LoudReview Review Writing Competition, 2012; and Writers’ HQ Story Competition, 2016.


Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of short works: “Leap” (2015) and “Drifting,” (2018), both available from Tebot Bach press.

His lifework is creating experiences where people find the writing craft to reach for their best artistic and human selves, find the writing community to connect with others, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

To do this, he hosts five annual in-person writing retreats: two in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; one in Lahaina, Maui; and two in Las Vegas, Nevada.