The Hawaiʻi Writers’ Retreat

Since 2017
Upcoming: July 17-23, 2022
Host: Jordan Hartt
Location: The Fairway Villas, Waikoloa, Hawaiʻi Island
Registration: $3,500. Postponed from 2021, this retreat is full


The Retreat

Very short fictions are nearly always experimental, exquisitely calibrated, reminiscent of Frost’s definition of a poem—a structure of words that consumes itself as it unfolds, like ice melting on a stove. ~Joyce Carol Oates

Happening the third full week of each July, the Hawaiʻi Writers’ Retreat is a blend of generative writing time, workshop time, and private retreat time.

[W]here the poem and story meet. Maybe brevity—on sight—alerts a reader’s expectancy […] But the form costs—it sacrifices most of itself. Experience borders perilously on nothing. ~H.E. Francis

Whether you’re writing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, cross-genre, or un-genre work, short work is one of the most technically involved forms in our literature. To that end, we spend a week studying and writing the form.

Our goal is to complete one new written work of 1,000 words or fewer.

A really good short-short, whatever else it may be, is a story we can’t help reading fast, and then re-reading, and again, but no matter how many times we read it, we’re not quite through it yet. ~John L’Heureux


Daily Schedule

4 pm-onward: arrivals, getting settled, initial writing session.
10 am-noon: craft discussion and generative writing session
10 am-noon: craft discussion and generative writing session
Writing day
10 am-noon: workshop sessions
10 am-noon: workshop sessions
7 pm to 9 pm: celebratory final gathering.
Departure by 10 am



Our Purpose

The active volcanic activity of the Big Island inspires with its youthful yet majestic energy, as we focus on the craft of writing, the community of writing, and the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

We stay at the Fairway Villas in Waikoloa, in the middle of multiple resort complexes, and within walking distance or a short driving distance of historical, cultural, and scenic areas.


Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018).

Hartt’s lifework is creating experiences where people find the writing craft to reach for their best artistic and human selves, find the writing community to connect with others, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

To do this, he edits Kahini Weekly and hosts five annual writing retreats: one each in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Negril, Jamaica; Las Vegas, Nevada; Waikoloa, Hawaiʻi Island; and Lahaina, Maui. A little more about his ethos, if interested.