Facilitator: Jordan Hartt
Manuscript Consultants: Jourdan Imani Keith, Yashika Graham, Corinne Manning, Jarret Middleton, Paulette Perhach, Aditi Rao, Anca Szilágyi
Course Dates: Readings and craft lectures arrive via email on the first and third Monday of each month.
Year-Long Membership: February 18-December 16, 2019. $175 usd for the whole year. Registration available down the page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Studies in Short Fiction is an MFA-level fiction-writing program designed for writers of all experience levels who are writing the novel or short fiction.
On the first and third Monday of each month (Kaua’i time, UTC -10:00), you receive via email a short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Munro, Gabriel García Márquez, or William Trevor, along with an accompanying craft lecture that explores how the story works, and how to use the same craft techniques in your own writing.
These readings and lectures are designed to inspire the creation of new work; our manuscript consultants are available to you year-round, as you revise and prepare your ongoing stories for 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; been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing; and won New Zealand’s Best First Book Award as well as multiple other awards, fellowships, and full university professorships in creative writing.
The goal of this program is for you to see your work out in the world.
Whenever you have a finished story, chapter, or even novel that you’d like to prepare for publication, simply sign up with one of our manuscript consultants (below) for one-on-one guidance and editorial feedback.
These writers will help prepare your newly completed work for submission for publication, including which magazines or publishing houses are the best fit for your work.
$350 usd: up to 17,500 words. (This is the general word-count limit for a short story: most are under 7,000 words.) Your manuscript consultant will spend two hours reading and making written comments on your story, followed up by an hour-long phone conversation.
$750 usd: up to 40,000 words. (Between 17,500 and 40,000 words is the general word-count number of a novella.) Your manuscript consultant will spend six hours reading and making written comments on your novella, followed up by an hour-long phone conversation.
$2,200 usd: 40,000-100,000 words. (Any work over 40,000 words is generally considered a novel.) Your manuscript consultant will spend eighteen hours reading and making written comments on your novel, followed up by three hours of phone conversation.
Because of the depth of our craft instruction, many Studies in Short Fiction writers publish their work without taking advantage of a consultation–but it’s there for you whenever you need or want it.
How it Works
Select the consultant you’d like to work with and email email@example.com with your selection and your manuscript. We’ll confirm your consultant’s availability and connect you together via email.
Jourdan Imani Keith is a playwright, naturalist, educator, and storyteller whose work blends the textures of political, personal and natural landscapes to offer voices from the margins of American lives. Keith has performed nationally and internationally, giving over 250 performances from Zimbabwe to Philadelphia to the North Cascades to Yellowstone. She’s received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Voices of Our Nations (VONA), and the Jack Straw Writer’s program. Her poems, essays and articles have appeared in such places as The Seattle Times, Labyrinth, Floating Bridge Press, Colors NW, Seattle Woman, and Writings by Queers of African Descent. Keith is founder and Director of Urban Wilderness Project.
Yashika Graham is a Jamaican writer and student of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies. Her poems have been published in The Caribbean Writer, Susumba Magazine, POUi, Spillway Magazine, Cordite Review andMoko Magazine. She has been featured at the Bristol Festival of Literature, the World Festival of Poetry (Venezuela) and the Ars Amandi Festival of Poetry (Panama). She has received awards from the University of the West Indies and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and her short films “Directions from the Border”and “Time Travel” were released in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Graham is currently working on her first collection of poems.
Corinne Manning is a prose writer, literary organizer, and editor whose fiction has been widely published, appearing in such journals as Story Quarterly and Joyland. Her essays have been anthologized in Toward an Ethics of Activism and Shadow Map: An anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM Press) and recognized as notable in The Best American Series. She’s been teaching with Writers in the Schools and Hugo House since 2011. Between 2014-2017 she was the founder and editor of The James Franco Review, a project that attempted to reimagine the publishing process and address implicit bias in the industry. She has received grants and fellowships from 4 Culture, Artist Trust, and the MacDowell Colony. “I believe that fiction can bring us in deeper contact with our humanity through both the creation and reading of it,” Corinne says. “Let’s feel and be more.”
Jarret 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.
Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, ELLE, Slate, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Stylist 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.
Aditi 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.
Anca 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.
Because they cover a full year, membership registrations are nonrefundable. Please make note of that before signing up!
“Chance,” by Alice Munro
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming March 4, 2019
“Imitation,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming March 18, 2019
“A Private Experience,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming May 20, 2019
Jordan Hartt is the author of the short-story collections “Leap” and “Drifting,” available from Tebot Bach Press. He facilitates the creative-writing program Studies in Short Fiction; hosts four annual writing residencies in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; and gives philanthropically to artists and visionaries around the world. Contact.