The Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat

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January 29-February 4, 2017; January 28-February 3, 2018; January 27-February 2, 2019; June 2-8, 2019
 November 10-16, 2019 (full); January 26-February 1, 2020; July 26-August 1, 2020; November 29-December 5, 2020
Host: Jordan Hartt
Registration: Each retreat is limited to six writers; four fully scholarshipped spaces are reserved for members of Kahini’s Art of Fiction program.
Regular Registration: $1,600 usd, available at bottom of page.
Art of Fiction Members: contact to begin the scholarship-application process
How It Works | Daily Schedule | Our Home on Kaua’i | F.A.Q. | Registration | Host

Live and write 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 community writing time, personal writing time, and the option to visit and write with other residents, set amidst the beauty and tranquility of Kaua’i’s south shore.

As part of this retreat we look at short samples of work by 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.

How It Works

1. Register below and we’ll be in touch to confirm within twenty-four hours. For Art of Fiction members, please contact to begin the scholarship-application process.
2.  Once we’re three months out from our start date, you’ll begin to receive arrivals and logistics emails, one each month for a total of three, as you prepare for arrival.
3. You arrive at the airport for pickup!

We do airport pickups/dropoffs; you only have to rent a car if you want to explore the rest of the island. (Recommended, but not necessary.)

Daily Schedule

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

4 pm-onward: Arrivals, getting settled.
10:30 am to noon: morning writing session
10:30 am to noon: morning writing session
Free day/writing day
10:30 am to noon: morning writing session
10:30 am to noon: morning writing session
7 pm-onward: farewell gathering 
Departure by 11 am.

Our Home On Kaua’i

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Live and write on the Garden Isle

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.

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

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.

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. Each residence comes 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.




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 discover the lifelong inspiration of the writing life.

To do this, I facilitate The Art of Fiction; host annual writing retreats 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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