The Art of Fiction

Read. Write. Travel.
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Facilitator: Jordan Hartt
Dates: Literary readings and craft lectures arrive via email on the first and third Monday of each month, designed to be enjoyed whenever you want.
Registration: $175 usd for permanent access, including all archived craft lectures.
Contact: writing@kahini.org
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Program

The Art of Fiction is a weekly email for those writing (or who want to write!) the short story, novella, or novel. On the first and third Monday of each month (Kaua’i time, (-10:00 UTC), you receive via email a short reading, craft lecture, and writing meditation that focus on such core techniques as sensory detail, setting, characterization, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, visual presentation, titling, authorial identity, and theme–as well as those aspects of writing that go beyond craft.

Applications for fully scholarshipped lodging, airfare, and all on-ground transportation to Kahini’s in-person writing retreats are also available to members.

Twenty-four writers each year receive full scholarships: four to the January Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat, four to the February Kapiti Writers’ Retreat, four to the April Kolkata Writers’ Retreat, four to the July Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat, four to the October Kampala Writers’ Retreat, and four to the November Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat. Learn more, or apply.

The Art of Fiction delivers, straight to your email inbox, intensive discussion of the work of such writers as Alice Munro, James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Mahasweta Devi, Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Doreen Baingana, Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez, James Welch, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, William Trevor, and Virginia Woolf, among others.

And whenever you have work you want to have looked at prior to submission for publication, personalized manuscript consultation helps you put your work out into the world, 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.
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Manuscript Consultation

The purpose of this program is to see your work out in the world, through three levels of manuscript consultation

1)  An hour-long discussion of any single story up to 17,500 words: a private creative-writing master class, personalized to your needs. $175.

2) A three-pack: three hours of discussion of three stories, of up to 17,500 words each: three private creative-writing master classes, personalized to your needs. $500.

2)  Five hours of discussion and intensive written comments on any single story above 40,000 words (the novella or novel): a private creative-writing master class, personalized to your needs. $1,750.
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Registration


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Please note: because it also provides permanent access to all past craft lectures, this registration fee is nonrefundable. Please make note of that before signing up.
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Upcoming Readings & Lectures Schedule

Alice Munro“Silence,” by Alice Munro
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming August 5, 2019

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie“Apollo,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming August 19, 2019

“The Sisters,” by James Joyce
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming September 2, 2019

Alice Munro“Floating Bridge,” by Alice Munro
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

“The Stranger,” by Katherine Mansfield
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

“Kew Gardens,” by Virginia Woolf
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming April 6, 2020

“The House on Mango Street,” by Sandra Cisneros
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming April 20, 2020

“Rock Springs,” by Richard Ford
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming May 4, 2020

“Araby,” by James Joyce
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming May 18, 2020

“Reverting to a Wild State,” by Justin Torres
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming June 1, 2020

“The Canary,” by Katherine Mansfield
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming June 15, 2020

“Recitatif,” by Toni Morrison
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
coming July 6, 2020

“Sweethearts,” by Richard Ford
Craft Lecture & Writing Exercises
Coming July 20, 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 the Art of Fiction; host 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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