Write your wild earth

September 5, 12, 19, & 26 
Location: Online through Zoom
 Saturdays from 10 am to noon, Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8:00)
Cost: $275 or $625 usd
Registration: Contact writing@kahini.org or register easily below

Kahini+ is an online writing course and community that is all about the natural world–and our own writing! Each session features in-depth study of plants, their place in the ecosystem and examples from our literatures, and then we write, write, write!

Kahini+ is designed for poets, fiction writers, and essayists, and includes closed-captioning for those who are hard of hearing. Full transcripts and handouts are available within forty-eight hours after each workshop as an additional resource.

September: Inspired by Jamaica

with Yashika Graham

The Blue Mountains

September 5: The Blue Mountains
Trees of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, including the black she oak, yellow bloodwood, and the mountain blue gum
September 12: Blue Mountain Coffee
One of the most famous coffee flavours in the world: what is this coffee bean, born from cool mountains, high rainfall, and rich soil?
September 19: The Herb
The Jamaican roots of the marijuana plant, through scientific, cultural, and artistic contexts and lenses. 
September 26: Nutmeg & Callaloo
Two of the island’s most distinctive and sensory plants


October: Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

with Jourdan Imani Keith and Jordan Hartt

The Hoh Rainforest

October 3: Western Red Cedar
Immerse yourself in the most impressive tree of the Pacific Northwest
October 10: Oceanspray
Discover the mysteries of these cobweb-colored bursts in the understory
October 17: Pacific Ninebark
This sturdy shrub thrives in both wet and dry climates, and is rich in metaphorical possiblities
October 24: Oregon Grape-Holly
The shiny, sharp-tongued plant that’s neither a grape, nor a holly, nor ever called a Grape-Holly


November: Inspired by the Desert

with Jourdan Imani Keith and Jordan Hartt

Engage deeply with the flora of the deserts of the American Southwest

November 7: The Smell of Desert Rain
Mesquite and creosote: two of the most fragrant and evocative plants in the deserts of the American Southwest
November 14: P&J Country
Piñon and juniper: the two most common trees of the Southwestern deserts
November 21: The Saguaro
With a lifespan of over one hundred years, this tall, tree-like catcus is full of inspiration for our writing lives. 
November 28: The Flowers
From the desert marigold to the golden suncup, we’ll explore the beauty, the pain, and the ecosystems of a wide variety of desert flowers.


December: Uganda

With Glaydah Namukasa 

The Nile

December 5: The Savannah
With spaced trees and an open canopy, the savannah lends itself to both setting and metaphor
December 12: Sorghum
Discover the contexts of one of the most frequently featured plants in African literature
December 19: The Headwaters of the Nile
Find your inspiration from the longest river in the world, which has appeared in literary works for thousands of years.
December 26: Murchison Falls National Park
Discover the flora and fauna of one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth



$275 usd gets you access for an entire month, or 4 total workshops. Or, book all 16 upcoming 2020 sessions for $625. Full transcripts and handouts are available for all sessions within forty-eight hours after each workshop, for any sessions you aren’t able to attend.


The Experience

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand five hundred individual times in literary magazines, including Granta, and the New Yorker; released over one hundred books, including books on such presses as Scribner, Penguin, and Little, Brown; been featured in the Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; been short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing; received the New Zealand First Book Award; and received full university professorships in creative writing.

But the most important result of our all programming is that we write, write, and write some more–creating new work in our truest, most authentic voices.