Kahini Magazine

Kahini magazine contributor Jean Paul Seka with Kahini faculty member and magazine subscriber Rebecca Brown

Published twelve times per year (November/December is a combined edition), each edition of Kahini magazine arrives via email on the fifth day of each month (Pacific Standard Time: UTC−08:00), and includes three new creative-writing craft lectures on one or more of the following elements: sensory detail; setting(s): natural; setting(s): time/place; setting(s): internal/external; character and point(s) of view: central or viewpoint characters, peripheral characters, first-person reliable, first-person unreliable, first-person plural, second person, third-person omniscient, third-person limited, third-person observational/objective, third-person distant, third-person close, third-person internal consciousness; verb tense movement (present, past, future, modal, etc.); plot; structure; tension/conflict; moment of (non)decision(s); result of (non)decision(s) or character (non)change(s); ending(s); structure; scene/section arrangement; pacing; visual representation; tone/language/style; dialogue; titles; and thought/theme in fictional work, as well as lectures on both classic and contemporary literary works.

Participants in our 2017 Maui Writers' Retreat discuss a story's beginning paragraph
Participants at an in-person retreat discuss a story’s beginning paragraph

Each edition also includes three new artistic works in their own right, eleven new writing exercises to help unlock new writing of your own, and a brand-new interview with a contemporary writer working in Africa, the Americas, Eurasia, or Oceania–all included.

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini writers have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines; released over two hundred books; been featured in the Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; won fellowships to such programs as Tin House and the University of Iowa; and won full university professorships.

The Kahini model establishes new writers and provides established writers with ongoing community and inspiration in the writing life.


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Jordan Hartt
Kahini Managing Editor