The Kaua’i Writing Studio

Dates: Every Monday.
Faculty: Gary Copeland Lilley, Jarret Middleton, Paulette Perhach, Aditi Rao, Anca Szilágyi, Elizabeth Thorpe
Facilitator: Jordan Hartt
Contact: writing@kahini.org
Lifetime Membership: Pay what you can: $17.50 or $175.00, one time only, for lifetime membership. Both options offer the exact same benefits. Proceeds help fund our programs in Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda.
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The Kaua’i Writing Studio is an MFA-level writing program designed for writers of all experience levels. Each Monday (Kaua’i time: UTC -10:00), you receive via email a short literary reading, corresponding craft lectures, and writing inspiration to be enjoyed whenever you have time. Each weekly email could keep you busy writing for months. Membership also gives you access to all archived lectures.

Members also have the opportunity to apply for fully funded scholarships–including flight and a meal stipend–to any of our five annual retreats each year on the island of Kaua’i.

Finally, whenever you have a story, essay, poem, novella, novel, memoir—or anything else you’d like feedback on—we also have manuscript faculty available to you to help take your written work to its highest level, with the eye toward publication.

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants 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, and Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; won New Zealand’s Best First Book Award, been short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing; and received
university professorships in creative writing.

But most important to us is the digging deep into the craft of creative writing, spending time with our community all over the world, and enjoying the lifelong inspiration of the writing life.

Welcome!

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Jordan Hartt
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Upcoming Schedule

These weekly readings and craft lectures are designed to help you develop both the artistic and craft elements of your writing, lead to the creation of much new work, and provide ongoing inspiration in the writing life.

“An Unspoken Hunger,” by Terry Tempest Williams
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming September 16, 2019

“Harlem,” by Langston Hughes
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming September 23, 2019

“Reverting to a Wild State,” by Justin Torres
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming September 30, 2019

“Theme for English B,” by Langston Hughes
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming October 7, 2019

“The House on Mango Street,” by Sandra Cisneros
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming October 14, 2019

“August,” by Mary Oliver
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming October 21, 2019

“A Temporary Matter,” by Jhumpa Lahiri
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming October 28, 2019

“At Black River,” by Mary Oliver
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming November 4, 2019

“Two Words,” by Isabel Allende
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming November 11, 2019

“The Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming November 18, 2019

“Eveline,” by James Joyce
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming November 25, 2019

“Aluminum,” by Deborah Poe
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming December 2, 2019

“Araby,” by James Joyce
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming December 9, 2019

“Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming December 16, 2019

“The Canary,” by Katherine Mansfield
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming December 23, 2019

“Watching the Sea Go,” by Dana Levin
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming December 30, 2019

“Apollo,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming January 6, 2020

“Last Trip to the Island,” by Erin Belieu
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming January 13, 2020
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Registration

$17.50: Lifetime access to our weekly writing-seminar email, access to all archived past lectures, and ability to apply for scholarshipped travel to Kaua’i.
$175: Lifetime access to our weekly writing-seminar email, access to all archived past lectures, and ability to apply for scholarshipped travel to Kaua’i.
$1,750: Lifetime access to our weekly writing-seminar email and access to all archived past lectures. Includes a free private villas as part of our January 26-February 1 Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat.


Register



Manuscript Faculty


Each of our manuscript consultants has been hand-selected for their reputation not only as a writer, but as a teacher of writing. Sessions with these faculty members are a master class in writing itself, in addition to its focus on getting your work to completed book.

Following a free phone conversation with our facilitator Jordan Hartt to help find the best consultant for your writing project, you’ll select the writer you want to work with.

For $175, your consultant will look at anything up to 17,500 words, the generally accepted limit for a short-form piece. You’ll receive written comments and an hour-long phone conversation, giving you master feedback to take your work to its next level and beyond.

For $1,750, your consultant will look at anything over 17,500 words (collection, novella, novel, memoir) You’ll receive written comments and two hours of phone conversation, giving you master feedback to take your work to its next level and beyond.

Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being “The Bushman’s Medicine Show” from Lost Horse Press (2017), and a chapbook, “The Hog Killing,” from Blue Horse Press (2018). He is originally from North Carolina and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Washington DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. He is published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2014, Willow Springs, The Swamp, Waxwing, the Taos International Journal of Poetry, and the African American Review.

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 12.57.58 PMAnca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, a novel which Shelf Awareness called “a striking debut from a writer to watch” and which The Seattle Review of Books called “a creation of unearthly talents.”  Her short stories and essays appear in Lilith Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Electric Literature, among other publications. She is the recipient of awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Made at Hugo House, and Vermont Studio Center. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Screen Shot 2019-01-23 at 8.53.08 AMJarret Middleton is the author of the novel, Darkansas (Dzanc, 2018). He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shelf Awareness, The Quarterly Conversation, The Weeklings, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collagist, Heavy Feather Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Big Other, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in The Breadline Anthology; Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices; and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He is represented by the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency in New York, NY and Intellectual Property Group (IPG) in Los Angeles, CA. He teaches fiction at Richard Hugo House and is a member of Seattle7Writers, The Creative Group, and Gotham Ghostwriters.

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 1.00.30 PMPaulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York TimesELLESlate, CosmopolitanMarie ClaireStylist UK, and Salon. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2008 she launched Drift, an arts and culture monthly, which won Best New Magazine from the Florida Magazine Association that year. In 2018, Perhach won two travel writing awards from the Solas Awards. She is represented by Fletcher & Co. In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, an online course for writers that includes a 55,000-word workbook, which nearly 400 students have taken. Hugo House licenses and sells the course, and Sasquatch Books, now an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish a book inspired by the course, called Welcome to the Writer’s Life.

Screen Shot 2019-01-20 at 1.04.53 PMAditi Rao is the author of two full-length poetry collections, and winner of several awards and fellowships. She has been teaching creative and expository writing, one-on-one as well as in group and classroom settings, since 2005. Aditi’s poetry has appeared in such magazines as Eclectica, Black Rabbit Review, Muse India, Cha: An Asian Literary journal, The Feminist Wire, and other publications, and her essays have been featured in People Building Peace 2.0, Moments that Speak: Images and Stories of Connection, The Hindu BusinessLine, The Ken, and others. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “The Fingers Remember” was published in 2015, and her second collection, “A Kind Of Freedom Song,” will be released in early 2019. She is currently working on her first nonfiction manuscript, a collection of oral histories of South Asian women who were raised by single women. Aditi has a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. She currently lives in New Delhi, India.

Elizabeth Thorpe‘s short fiction collection, Cities, was published in Spring 2015 by Texture Press. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Per Contra, escarp, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Maine Review, among others. She teaches writing at Drexel University and Olympic College, earned an MFA in Fiction from Goddard College, and is a literary editor for freelance clients and a proofreader for design company 160over90. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington, where she has worked at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference as an editor since 2011.
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Facilitator


Jordan Hartt jordan copyis the author of “Leap” and “Drifting.” His lifework is creating experiences where people find the craft immersion to reach for their best writing, find the community to connect meaningfully across backgrounds, and find the lifelong inspiration of the writing life. To do this, he facilitates the Kaua’i Writing Studio; hosts annual writing retreats in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and gives as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world.

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