Studies in Fiction

Study the techniques of fiction from the comfort of home
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Facilitator: Jordan Hartt
Course Dates: Readings and craft lectures arrive via email on the first and third Monday of each month.
Registration: $175 usd for unlimited lifetime access, including all past archives.
Contact: writing@kahini.org
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Program

Kahini’s Studies in Fiction program is an ongoing MFA-level writing course for those writing–or who want to write–the short story, novella, novel.

Designed for beginning, emerging, and established writers who want to continue to hone their mastery of technique, Studies in Fiction focuses on such core writing techniques as sensory detail, setting, characterization, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, visual presentation, titling, authorial identity, and theme, and arrives via email on the first and third Monday of each month (Pacific Coast Time, UTC -08:00).

Short readings by such writers as Isabel Allende, James Baldwin, Sandra Cisneros, Ashapoorna Devi, Mahasweta Devi, William Faulkner, Richard Ford, Gabriel García Márquez, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Jhumpa Lahiri, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger, Rabindranath Tagore, William Trevor, or Virginia Woolf, among others are accompanied by a detailed craft lecture that explores how the story works, and how to use the same craft techniques in your own writing, putting your own work into print for years to come.

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; been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing; won New Zealand’s Best First Book Award, and won multiple other awards, fellowships, and full university professorships in creative writing.

But even more importantly than seeing your out work in the world, Kahini is all about the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.
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Please note: because this program features unlimited access to all past archives, as well as all upcoming readings and lectures, this registration fee is nonrefundable. Please make note of that before signing up! 
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Upcoming Schedule

“Why Don’t You Dance,” by Raymond Carver
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming May 20, 2019

Gabriel García Márquez“Blacamán the Good, Vendor of Miracles,” by Gabriel García Márquez
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming June 3, 2019

“The Sisters,” by James Joyce
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming June 17, 2019

Alice Munro“Silence,” by Alice Munro
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming July 1, 2019

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie“Apollo,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming July 15, 2019

Gabriel García Márquez“Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon,” by Gabriel García Márquez
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming August 5, 2019

“Eveline,” by James Joyce
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming August 19, 2019

Alice Munro“Floating Bridge,” by Alice Munro
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming September 2, 2019

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie“On Monday of Last Week,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming September 16, 2019

Gabriel García Márquez“Tuesday Siesta,” by Gabriel García Márquez
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming October 7, 2019

“Two Gallants,” by James Joyce
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming October 21, 2019

Alice Munro“Family Furnishings,” by Alice Munro
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming November 4, 2019

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie“Tomorrow is Too Far” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming November 18, 2019

Gabriel García Márquez“The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow,” by Gabriel García Márquez
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming December 2, 2019

William Trevor“Two More Gallants,” by William Trevor
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming December 16, 2019

“Cross-Country Snow,” by Ernest Hemingway
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming January 6, 2020

“Two Words,” by Isabel Allende
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming January 20, 2020

“Sweethearts,” by Richard Ford
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming February 3, 2020

“The New Dress,” by Virginia Woolf
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming February 17, 2020

“Cat in the Rain,” by Ernest Hemingway
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming March 2, 2020

“Our Secret,” by Isabel Allende
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming March 16, 2020

“Rock Springs,” by Richard Ford
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming April 6, 2020

“Kew Gardens,” by Virginia Woolf
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming April 20, 2020

“House on Mango Street,” by Sandra Cisneros
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming May 4, 2020

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Facilitator

Jordan Hartt jordan copyis the author of the story collections “Leap” and “Drifting,” both on Tebot Bach Press.

My lifework is in creating experiences where people find the craft instruction 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, I facilitate Studies in Fiction; host the Olympia Writing Center and annual writing residencies in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and give as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world. I’m currently working on a new book.

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Jordan Hartt
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