Kahini Magazine

Develop your writing throughout the year, honing your writing voice from the comfort of your home. Includes access to all archived craft lectures. 

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

Published eleven 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