Studies in Short Fiction

Read, write, and publish

studies in short fiction
Facilitator: Jordan Hartt
$117 usd only, for twelve months.
Course Dates: New reading, craft lecture, and writing exercises on the first and third Monday of each month.
Registration: available down the page, or contact [email protected]
Bonus: includes access to all archived lectures.


Studies in Short Fiction is designed for serious writers of all levels who want to publish their work, while studying from the comfort of home.

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 on the story. We look at how the story works, how it’s put together, and how you can use the same craft techniques in your own writing.

The course is designed to be accessed on your schedule, as you wish. Optional peer groups are available for workshopping your work: you’ll meet people all over the world who share your passion for writing! Or, whenever you want, add a private one-hour editorial session to help prepare your newly completed work for submission for publication (because of the depth of the lectures, however, many writers publish their own writing without this extra boost.)

Participants at one of our annual in-person retreats  discuss a story’s beginning paragraph

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines; released over three hundred books; been featured in the Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; and won fellowships to such programs as Tin House and the University of Iowa, as well as full university professorships.

The Kahini model establishes new writers and provides established writers with ongoing inspiration in the writing life.


Write, revise, and publish your work, taking your work to its next level and building your portfolio of publications. $117 total for twelve months. Proceeds benefit Uganda’s youth development organization Writing Our World and Kenya’s youth development organization the Literature Africa Foundation. By reading and writing you support the next generation of writers. (Please note: because of this support, your tuition payment is non-refundable. Please make note of that before signing up!)


Peer Groups

Sometimes it’s more fun to write with other people. It just is! Included with this program, you have the option to join small writing groups; These groups begin January 7, 2019.



The goal of this program is for you to see your work out in the world. Whenever you want, add a private one-hour editorial session to help prepare your newly completed work for submission for publication, including which magazines are the best fit for your work. As noted above, because of the depth of our craft instruction, many, many writers publish their work without this extra boost–but it’s here whenever you need or want it.



jordan copyI’m the author of the collection of short stories “Leap,” and have a new collection, “Drifting,” forthcoming in January. For the past twelve years I’ve taught creative writing at Peninsula College, run the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, and led multiple writing events all over the world, serving around 3,000 writers per year. This course, Studies in Short Fiction, was developed by combining the best of how practicing, publishing writers learn to write. Studies in Short Fiction gets you the publication results that showcase your true, authentic voice. The world needs your words. Contact.
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Jordan Hartt


Community Partners 

wairimuWairimu Mwangi is a writer and the founder of the Literature Africa Foundation. Her educational textbooks are used in schools across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana. She is passionate about quality education for all and believes that without books or material to read, literacy suffers and when literacy suffers, opportunities decline. She enjoys mentoring youth, storytelling, travelling, reading, and meditating. Contact.


IMG-20160112-WA0006-1Ssekandi Ronald Ssegujja is a writer and the founder of Writing Our World, an organization in Uganda that uses writing, debate and spoken word to give a platform to people to express themselves. He is an events’ organizer who also runs the the writers’ club ‘Coffee and Books’ that happens monthly in Kampala. In 2014, his story ‘Walls and Borders’ won the Eastern Africa Writivism Literary prize. Contact.