The Kaua’i Writing Studio

Past Residencies: January 29-February 4, 2017; January 28-February 3, 2018; January 27-February 2, 2019; June 2-8, 2019.
Upcoming Residencies: November 10-16, 2019; January 26-February 1, 2020; April 5-11, 2020; July 19-25, 2020; October 4-10, 2020; November 15-21, 2020.
The Program: The Kaua’i Writing Studio offers half-price writing residencies in Kaua’i up to five times per year, as well as year-round access to our writing faculty members for those engaged on a longer project.
Membership: $175 for a lifetime membership.
Villas: $1,750 for a $3,500 villa, up to five times per year.
Contact: or 360.531.1472.
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The Kaua’i Writing Studio Residencies

Our spacious, light-filled villas are a five-minute walk from two different beaches

Live and write for a week in Kaua’i, at half-price. Thanks to our group discounts, the Kaua’i Writing Studio offers members week-long villa residencies in Po’ipū, Kaua’i, at half their cost.

Read and write, and meet people from around the world

These residencies are designed for writers of all levels who want to spend a week in Kaua’i. The purpose is to give you time to read, write, enjoy the company of other people as you wish, and enjoy the island.

Contact: or 360.531.1472

Residency space is open in January, April, July, October, or November of each year; the program welcomes writers who want to come with a spouse/partner, as well as for those looking for a solo retreat.

The Kaua’i Writing Studio provides writers of all levels the time, space, and inspiration to create

Each residency week features optional community freewriting exercises in the morning from 10 am to noon, and each evening from 7 pm to 8 pm, led by our faculty. But your time is your own: to read, to write, and to live in Kaua’i for a week.

Contact: or 360.531.1472

Our central gathering place, centrally located between two beaches

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; and been short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

But our true aim is simply to enjoy the time and space to read and write while honing our unique writing voices.

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Jordan Hartt


How It Works/Daily Schedule

Kahini writing retreats focus on craft, community, and inspiration

1. Contact or call directly 360-531-1472 to select your residency week; or simply register directly below and we’ll be in touch within twenty-four hours.
2.  Once we’re three months out from our start date, which is the best time to buy flights, you’ll begin to receive logistics and arrival emails.
3. You arrive at the airport! We do airport pickups/dropoffs; you only have to rent a car if you want to explore the surrounding area by car.

Writers discussing Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”

Daily Schedule
Once you arrive on-island, each day is designed to provide inspirational, intensive craft instruction in the morning, followed by afternoons to read, write, explore, and enjoy the island, and evening gatherings to attend as you see fit. 
All residency events are optional: your time is your own, to read, write, revise, and be.

Sunset from Brennecke’s Beach

4 pm-onward: Arrivals, getting settled.
10 am to noon: morning writing sessions
7 pm-8 pm: evening writing sessions
10 am to noon: morning writing sessions
7 pm-8 pm: evening writing sessions
Writing day/island day
10 am to noon: morning writing sessions
7 pm-8 pm: evening writing sessions
10 am to noon: morning writing sessions
7 pm-9 pm: celebratory final gathering
Departure by 11 am


Our Home On Kaua’i

Known as the “Garden Isle,” Kaua’i’s weather is pleasant and soft, year-round

Po’ipū is a small beach community nestled on the south shore. The weather is protected by the mountains, meaning that it’s the sunniest spot on the island. You’ll find palm trees, plenty of restaurants and shopping, and the craft, community, and inspiration to create great memories for life.

Each morning, writing sessions help us loosen our writing muscles and get words on the page.

Live and write in one of the most beautiful places in the world

In one of the most beautiful and inspiring locations on earth, spend your afternoons
writing or enjoying the best of what Kaua’i has to offer, including playing on the beach or water; discovering the history, culture, and natural beauty of Kaua’i; or reading and writing at good restaurants and cafes.

During the week we have evening gatherings for you to attend as you see fit, spending some quality literary time with the other residents.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our home on Kaua’i

Do I need to rent a car?
You don’t need to rent a car, as we do airport pick-up and drop-offs, and there is enough on the south shore to keep you busy for a week. However, many residents find that having a car allows them to explore the rest of the island (which we also recommend) so it depends on how, personally, you want to spend your week on Kaua’i.

Are meals included?
Because each resident has their own unique dietary needs, we do not provide food. All villa residences come with a fully equipped kitchen, and there are a number of grocery stores and restaurants nearby. For those using our airport pick-up and drop-off, we are happy to take you a grocery store on the first Monday afternoon of the residency week.



Registration available below, or by simply calling 360.531.1472.

The oldest island on the Hawaiian archipelago, Kaua’i entrances and inspires

Private Villa: A spacious one-bedroom villa all to yourself, featuring kitchen, living room, bathroom, kitchen, and living room, as well as lanai (balcony).

All villas are fully furnished and stocked, with multiple amenties and easy access to all of Po’ipū. Availability is any January, April, July, October, or November–your choice.


All residency fees are fully refundable, less a $25 cancelation fee, up to sixty days out from the event.


Kaua’i Writing Studio Faculty

Do you have writen work you’d like to have looked at? Our faculty is available to studio members year-round: take your work to its highest level by working in close mentorship with some of the finest writers and teachers in the world. 

For a free consultation to discuss which faculty member(s) is/are the right one for your project, call Jordan at 360.531.1472. 


Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, “The Poet’s Companion” (with Dorianne Laux) and “Ordinary Genius.” She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection “Tell Me” Her latest books are “Mortal Trash: Poems” (W.W. Norton) and a memoir, “Bukowski in a Sundress” (Penguin). She recently collaborated on a chapbook, “The Night Could Go in Either Direction” (Slapering Hol) with poet Brittany Perham. Addonizio also has two word/music CDs: “Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing” (with Susan Browne) and “My Black Angel,” a companion to “My Black Angel: Blues Poems & Portraits,” featuring woodcuts by Charles D. Jones.

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 2019-01-20 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.


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.


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.



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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Residency Blurbs

“The Kaua’i writers residency was a treat. What struck me most were discussions we had about the struggles of writing, publishing, and ultimately being open to try new approaches to expand my horizons.”
~Tom Arthur

“It’s more than a workshop, it’s a retreat that brings new words for the page.”
~Dianne Butler

“The five days I spent at Kahini’s Kaua’i retreat last June gave me the focus and space I needed to drive to the finish of a novel in progress. A perfect blend of solitude and community in one of the most beautiful natural settings on earth. I highly recommend it!”
~Audrey Kalman

“Not only is the writing retreat generative–it’s fun. And it’s Kaua’i. A lot that’s wonderful happens in a week there. I’m glad to be going again in January.”
~Susan Landgraf

“Just what I needed. I can’t say enough. To be able to get this kind of writing community and have it be affordable and not competitive in spirit allowed me to be inspired, get a lot of work done, and make new friends. Thanks so much.”
~Genevieve Parks

“I love Kaua’i. It’s magical and inspiring, and I’ve written some of my best flash fiction while attending Kahini workshops there. And I’m awed when other attendees (quite suddenly) advance to higher levels by producing material mere edits away from being ready for publication.”
~Alison Reese

“I really can’t thank you enough for this. Also, I spent many years in the event planning business and y’all have got this down. Very impressive. Thank you.”
~Arica Veldez

“The Kahini workshop I attended in Kaua’i was one of the best I’ve been in. Excellent teaching, writing exercises that led to poems, beautiful place, and, most important, a group of dedicated writers who formed a community for a little while.”
~Richard Widerkehr