Kahini Magazine Open for Submissions

Kahini is an online literary rag unlike any other magazine in the world: subscriptions benefit the work of Kahini’s partner organizations Literature Africa Foundation in Kenya and Writing Our World in Uganda.

Through the act of reading, you transform the lives of the next generation of writers.


Each month, subscribers receive, in our beautiful Kahini e-journal:
–Three new artistic works; as well as an
–Interview with a vital, contemporary writer working in Africa, the Americas, Eurasia, or Oceania; a
–Book review series focused not only on contemporary global artistic work but also classic global literature from our past; and a
–Close reading of a classic or contemporary work of art that also serves as a craft lecture in creative writing.

In addition, Kahini pays $100 usd to our writers for each accepted piece. Submissions are open. Submit work.

About Us:
Kahini programs focus on craft, community and inspiration. Our global collective of artists and writers hosts the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat and the Kāpiti Series in Oceania; the Kampala Writers’ Retreat and school and community programs in Africa; the Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat and the Desert Writers’ Retreat in the Americas; and Kahini magazine, the online literary journal and community that brings together writers from all over the world.

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Announcing ‘Writing Garlands of Stories’

Date: 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 5 May 2018
Location: Toi Pōneke, 61/69 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington
Faculty: Sia Figiel
Cost: $75 including lunch, some scholarships available.
To register contact: [email protected]

In this workshop, the physical and metaphysical merge as the ancient Samoan concept of su’ifefiloi, or sewing of garlands is used to bridge oral storytelling to the act of creative writing. Participants will use the senses; sight, scent and touch to sew and connect flowers to leaves while actively engaged in the act of storytelling. Connections to one’s own narrative as well as the stories of others will be explored as participants discover new tools to navigate their creativity  and produce new work.

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at [email protected]

SiaInternationally acclaimed Samoan writer Sia Figiel is the winner of the 1997 Regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book and the 1994 Polynesian Literary Prize for Poetry. She has published 4 novels, a collection of prose-poetry and an amplified performance poetry CD with Teresia Teaiwa. Her work has been translated to French, German, Catalan, Spanish, Danish and Portuguese. She has traveled the world extensively as a guest at universities, literary festivals, community centres and is the first Pacific Islander to perform her poetry at the Shakespeare Globe Theater, London. Her latest and much awaited novel, FREELOVE, is hot off the press and is available through Little Island Press, Auckland and through Amazon.



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The 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat was a Blast!

Thank you to everyone who was part of the 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. This year was our biggest yet and it was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces. Below are some quotes from this year’s participants and some photos that capture the energy of the event.

“Don’t underestimate the collective energy of a passionate group of writers. Inspiring! Kahini lives up to all it promises.” Lisa Bell – Writer

“An essential element of my writing calendar.” – Bee Trudgeon

“An exhilirating experience of writers’ energy and dedication to their craft. To hear their stories, share experiences, and to marvel on their writing timetables.” Michele Morris-Denize

“Brilliant retreat for writers with wonderful workshops, and the sharing with other writers has transformed my writing life. I will be there again next year as soon as it opens to register.”

“The retreat transformed me. Pip Adams was a brilliant workshop facilitator who brought out the best of us in a non-judgemental way so we felt safe sharing. El Rancho is a perfect spot for a retreat. I hope to attend many more of these retreats in the future.” Janet Sayers

“I came away with lots to work on and some great ideas and techniques to get me started. I also learnt a great deal from the writers sharing their writing during our workshop and the freewriting time.”

“The workshop sessions were a true incubator where everyone learnt from everyone else and so much from a skilled teacher in a kind environment . The topic was timely for my work and I’m not sure where else I could have learnt as much about trauma narrative.”

” The writers retreat was a writer’s haven of nourishment, learning and expression, a treat that you should give yourself every so often to keep the flow going.” Denise Hart

“I went as a beginner full of trepidation. I left as an accepted, full member of the writing fraternity.” Roger Biggs

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The dates for the 2019 Retreat will be announced shortly. You can join our mailing list to ensure you here about it first!

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