The Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat

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Past:
January 29-February 4, 2017; January 28-February 3, 2018; January 27-February 2, 2019; June 2-8, 2019
Upcoming:
 November 10-16, 2019 (full); January 26-February 1, 2020 (full); April 5-11, 2020; July 19-25, 2020; October 4-10, 2020; November 8-14, 2020
Accommodations: Both shared and private villas available.
Host: Jordan Hartt
Contact: writing@kahini.org or 360.531.1472
Registration: Because of overwhelming demand, new registrations are available only to members of the Kaua’i Writing Studio.
How It Works | Daily Schedule | Our Home on Kaua’i | F.A.Q.

Live and write for a week among the hibiscus, plumeria, and sunsets of the Garden Isle.

Open to writers across all genres, the Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat is a gentle blend of craft instruction, community, and focus on the inspiration of the writing life, all set amidst the beauty and tranquility of Kaua’i’s south shore.

Mornings feature generative-writing sessions with a special focus on the craft elements of creative writing. Afternoons are yours for writing time or private manuscript consulations; evenings feature optional gatherings in one of the most beautiful places for writers in the world.

How It Works

1. Registration is now available only to members of the Kaua’i Writing Studio.
2.  Once we’re two months out from our start date, which is the best time to buy flights, you’ll begin to receive logistics and arrival emails.
3. You arrive at the airport! We do airport pickups/dropoffs; you only have to rent a car if you want to explore the surrounding area. (Recommended, but not necessary.)

Daily Schedule

The south shore of Kaua’i: one of the most beautiful and inspirational places for writers in the world

Sunday
4 pm-onward: Arrivals, getting settled.
Monday
10:30 am to noon: morning generative-writing session
Noon-4 pm: private consultations
8-9 pm: evening gathering
Tuesday
10:30 am to noon: morning generative-writing session
Noon-4 pm: private consultations
8-9 pm: evening gathering
Wednesday
Writing day/island day
Thursday
10:30 am to noon: morning generative-writing session
Noon-4 pm: private consultations
8-9 pm: evening gathering
Friday
10:30 am to noon: morning generative-writing session
Noon-4 pm: private consultations
7-9 pm: farewell gathering
Saturday
Departure by 11 am

Our Home On Kaua’i

Po’ipū is a small residential community located on the sunny southern shore of Kaua’i, about a half-hour southwest from the airport at Lihue. Good coffee, grocery stores, and restaurants are available in multiple locations.

Mornings
Each morning, writing sessions help us loosen our writing muscles and get words on the page.

Afternoons
In one of the most beautiful and inspiring locations on earth, spend your afternoons
writing or enjoying the best of what Kaua’i has to offer, including playing on the beach or water; discovering the history, culture, and natural beauty of Kaua’i; or reading and writing at good restaurants and cafes.

Evenings
During the week we have evening gatherings for you to attend as you see fit, spending some quality literary time with the other residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to rent a car?
You don’t need to rent a car, as we do airport pick-up and drop-offs, and there is enough on the south shore to keep you busy for a week. However, many residents find that having a car allows them to explore the rest of the island (which we also recommend) so it depends on how, personally, you want to spend your week on Kaua’i.

Are meals included?
Because each resident has their own unique dietary needs, we do not provide food. Most residences come with a fully equipped kitchen, and there are a number of grocery stores and restaurants nearby. For those using our airport pick-up and drop-off, we are happy to take you a grocery store once during the week, on the first Monday afternoon of the residency week.

Host

Jordan Hartt jordan copyis the author of “Leap” and “Drifting.” His lifework is creating experiences where people find the craft immersion 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, he facilitates the Kaua’i Writing Studio; hosts annual writing retreats in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and gives as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world.

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