Writing the Short-Short Story

Dates: Tuesdays, 7 pm to 8 pm, PST (-08:00 UTC). Find your time zone.
Location: Online via Zoom seminars. View a sample session. All sessions are presented live, and the recordings are sent via email the following day to enjoy whenever you wish.
Facilitator: Jordan Hartt
Contact: writing@kahini.org
2021 Registration:
 $250 usd (34 upcoming sessions)


The Program

The short-short story is the hardest to write, but the easiest to publish. ~Melissa Febos

Write the draft of a new short-short story (up to 1,000 words) each week, through intensive study of the following craft elements.

    • sensory detail
    • setting
    • character & point of view
    • plot, structure, & pacing
    • voice, style, mood, & tone
    • visual presentation
    • title
    • authorial identity
    • theme

Finding inspiration through intensive study of these craft elements, we then play with words, drafting at least one new short-short story of our own each and every week. View a sample session.

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

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines, including Granta, Harper’s, and the New Yorker; released around three hundred books on significant presses, including Scribner, Tin House, and Viking; been featured in the Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; been short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing; and won the New Zealand First Book Award. Eighteen past participants so far have been appointed to tenure-track university professorships in creative writing.

But our real success at Kahini is in crafting our true, authentic artistic voices; finding community with the writers who have come before us; and finding writing inspiration to last a lifetime.



Registration is for all of 2021: all 34 upcoming sessions, each Tuesday through December 28, with the recordings sent via email each Wednesday. 

Writing the Short-Short Story


Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of short works: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018). A third collection, “Paradise,” is forthcoming in 2021.

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 serves as the publisher of Kahini Weekly.