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

Dates: Tuesday evenings from 7 pm to 8 pm, PST. Find your time zone.
Begins: February 2, 2021
$250 or $750
Location: online via Zoom
Registration: available below, or by contacting writing@kahini.org


The Program

Whether you’re writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or cross-genre work, artistic writing thrives through an alchemy of the following elements:

    • sensory detail
    • setting
    • character and point of view
    • plot, structure, and pacing
    • voice, style, and tone;
    • visual presentation
    • titling
    • authorial identity, and
    • thematic elements

To that end, each and every Tuesday we look at very short work of literary art, or excerpt from a longer work, and study how it uses these elements. Then, using the techniques we’ve just learned, we draft a messy, rough, flawed (did we already say messy) new work of our own, ready for revisions, and submissions to literary magazines.

Our process seems to work: since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines, including Granta, Harper’s, and the New Yorker; released around three hundred books on significant presses, including Scribner, Tin House, 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; and won the New Zealand First Book Award. Eighteen past participants so far have been appointed to tenure-track university professorships.

But our real success at Kahini is in crafting our true, authentic artistic voices; connecting with one another through the literary arts; and finding writing inspiration to last a lifetime.




Jordan Hartt



  1. Registration for a 2021 membership gives you access for all of 2021.
  2. Registration for a lifetime membership gives you access from the time of your registration until Tuesday, December 28, 2038. This course happens each and every Tuesday.


Facilitator: Jordan Hartt

Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018).

Hartt’s 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, he edits Kahini Quarterly; facilitates Kahini+; and hosts five annual writing retreats: one each in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Maunaloa, Molokaʻi; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lahaina, Maui; and Puako, Hawaiʻi. A little more about his ethos, if interested.


Frequently Asked Questions

What literary examples do you use?
We use short works and excerpts from longer works, from such classic and contemporary writers as Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, William Faulkner, Alice Munro, Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Oliver, Isabel Allende, Ernest Hemingway, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Herman Melville, Kim Chinquee, Erin Belieu, Carolyn Forché, J.D. Salinger, and many, many hundreds of others. Over time, you’ll experience a host of written works you may not otherwise have encountered and read your way through much of the best literature in the world.

I’m a beginning writer–is this course for me?
Because we dig deep into each literary work, each week, this course is appropriate for writers for writers of all levels. We currently have people registered from rote beginners all the way to a Pulitzer-Prize winner. This ongoing course is for anyone who wants to be immersed in writing craft, writing community, and writing inspiration, each and every week. We study sensory detail; setting; character and point of view; plot, structure, and pacing; voice, style, and tone; visual presentation; titles; the author; and thematic elements: regardless of your experience level, you’ll see results.