Dates: Tuesdays
Times: Sessions happen from 9:30 am to noon, Pacific Standard Time. and are repeated from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Find the session times in your time zone.
The Program: How It Works | Faculty & Facilitator | Register


Write new creative work, reach a community of readers, and have the time of your life.

Whether you’re new to writing, and seeking a craft-focused environment to create new work; looking for an advanced, post-MFA experience; or simply desire to renew and recharge yourself in the writing life; Kahini+ provides the ongoing craft to find for your best work and self, reach a community of readers, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines, including Granta and the New Yorker; released over one hundred books, including books on such presses as Scribner 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; won multiple Fulbright Scholarships; and been appointed university professorships in creative writing.


How It Works

Each Tuesday, we meet via Google Meet. You don’t need an account: just Internet access. We send you the link and all you have to do is click!

We do the same session twice a day: attend from 9:30 to noon, or
from 5:30 pm to 8 pm–whatever works best for your schedule on any particular Tuesday.

The Sessions
From 9:30 to 11 am and 5:30 to 7 pm, one faculty member leads a writing meditation and freewrite session: guided exercises get the writing muscles loosened up and new words on the page.

From 11 am to noon and 7 pm to 8 pm, one of our guest faculty members presents a craft lecture and leads guided writing exercises, designed to unlock new work. As the weeks go by, you’ll study with some of the finest writers in the world, all included.

Why Is It So Fun?
We focus on three things: artistic craft, community, and inspiration.

The literary examples we use include works and excerpts from such writers as Alice Munro, Mary Oliver, Langston Hughes, Gabriel García Márquez, Terry Tempest Williams, Virginia Woolf, Tommy Pico, Toni Cade Bambara, and many, many, many others. Exercises focus on such core writing elements as sensory detail, setting; character and point of view; plot, structure, and pacing; voice, style, and tone; visual presentation; titling; authorial identity; and thematic elements. You’ll create new work ready for advanced revision, while having the time of your life. The craft elements we study are appropriate for fiction writers, nonfiction writers, poets, and cross-genre writers, and because we’re writing new work, it pushes and inspires you no matter your skill level.

At the same time, you’re building your community readership: we share links to your published work or your books for sale; and showcase your readings, events, or other gatherings you’re putting on–you’ll build relationships with people and a readership for life.

Because our focus is on constantly creating new work, we’re all about writing, writing, and writing–but writing in our own truest, most authentic individual voices, informed by craft, but inspired by our own lives and experiences. Each session could keep you writing at a high level for months–and it’s available every Tuesday!



Registration is ongoing: a limited number of scholarships are available: contact writing@kahini.org.

Lifetime Membership
$940 gets you unlimited access, beginning with the first Tuesday after you register, for 260 available workshop hours each year through December 28, 2038.