About

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Kahini workshops focus on craft, community, and inspiration

Kahini is a Bengali word meaning story, or tale—but not an ordinary story: an extraordinary one. Similarly, Kahini is all about creating extraordinary creative-writing experiences.

To do this, we publish Kahini Quarterly; facilitate Kahini+; and host writing retreats in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Kolkata, India; Lahaina, Maui; and Kampala, Uganda.

Glaydah Namukasa and Wairimu Mwangi at the 2016 Kampala Writers’ Retreat

Kahini developed from the “Conversations Across Borders” project (2011-2013), which brought together writers from all over the world to create new work through a series of paired writing collaborations.

Writers and current Kahini facilitators Ananya Sarkar, Ssekandi Ssegujja Ronald, and Jordan Hartt all met through the Project and began running programs in 2014: Wairimu Mwangi joined the Kahini team in 2015.

Writers at the November 2019 Kauaʻi Writers’ Retreat

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.

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

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

Write in community
Building lifelong friendships

Programs
Kahini Quarterly is our literary magazine: each edition features three new artistic works and an interview with an essential, contemporary writer.

The Kauaʻi Writers’ Retreat is a week-long gathering for writers in all genres. Taking place in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi, each January, retreats blend craft instruction, community, and the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

The Kolkata Writers’ Retreat is a week-long gathering for writers in all genres. Taking place in Kolkata, India, each April, retreats blend craft instruction, community, and the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

The Maui Writers’ Retreat is a week-long gathering for writers in all genres. Taking place in Lahaina, Maui, each July, retreats blend craft instruction, community, and the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

Creative-writing workshops are at the center of the Kahini experience

The Kampala Writers’ Retreat is a week-long gathering for writers in all genres. Taking place in Kampala, Uganda, each October, retreats blend craft instruction, community, and the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

Kahini+ is our online writing program. Happening each Tuesday, Kahini+ puts master writers together with ardent participants in themed, month-long writing workshops.
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Staff

asAnanya Sarkar is a short-story writer, book reviewer, and poet. 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. Reading books, watching sitcoms and going for long walks are her favourite hobbies.

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

Ssekandi Ronald Ssegujja is the founder of Writing Our World, an organization in Uganda that uses writing, debate and spoken word to give a platform to people to express themselves. He is an events organizer who also runs the the writers’ club ‘Coffee and Books’ that happens monthly in Kampala. In 2014, his story ‘Walls and Borders’ won the Eastern Africa Writivism Literary prize.

Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018). A third collection, “Paradise,” is forthcoming from Tebot Bach in 2020.

Hartt’s 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 edits Kahini Quarterly; facilitates Kahini+; and hosts four annual writing retreats: one each in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Kolkata, India; Lahaina, Maui; and Kampala, Uganda. A little more about his ethos, if interested.
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