Build your portfolio of stories, with the eye toward ongoing publication.

Dates: Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm, PST. Find your time zone.
Begins: January 5, 2021
available below, or by contacting writing@kahini.org.
The Program: How It Works | Facilitator | Register


The Program

At Kahini+, our ongoing, online, drop-in writing workshop, we write a new short-short story or prose poem each and every Tuesday.

Very short fictions are nearly always experimental, exquisitely calibrated, reminiscent of Frost’s definition of a poem—a structure of words that consumes itself as it unfolds, like ice melting on a stove. ~Joyce Carol Oates

In addition to standing by themselves as works of art, writing multiple short works can build into chapters or sections of longer works-in-progress.

The short-short is the hardest to write, and the easiest to publish. ~Melissa Febos 

We start each session by looking at a classic or contemporary work of art. We get deep into the elements of sensory detail; setting; character and point of view; plot, structure, and pacing; voice, style, and tone; visual presentation; titles; the author; and thematic elements, and how the elements work together in creating the artistic work. Then, using the craft inspiration, we create new work of our own.

A really good short-short, whatever else it may be, is a story we can’t help reading fast, and then re-reading, and again, but no matter how many times we read it, we’re not quite through it yet. ~John L’Heureux

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines, including Granta and seven times in the New Yorker; released around three hundred books on significant presses, including 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; and won two Fulbright Scholarships; in addition to other awards and honors.

In most cases, it contains a novel. ~Paul Theroux. 

Kahini+ is all about writing one new short-short story each week. For some, it’s a way to get deep into craft. For others, it’s a way to write new work in community. For all, it’s a way to enjoy the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.



How It Works

Each Tuesday, we meet online via Zoom. You don’t need an account: just Internet access. I send you the link: all you have to do is click.



One Month: $250
Three Months: $625
One Year: $975


Facilitator: Jordan Hartt

I’m 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 2021.

My 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, I edit Kahini Quarterly; facilitate Kahini+; and host four annual writing retreats: one each in Poʻipū and one each in Kolkata, Las Vegas, and Kampala. A little more about my ethos, if interested.