The Kaua’i Writing Club

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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; January 26-February 1, 2020; April 5-11, 2020; July 26-August 1, 2020; October 4-10, 2020; November 29-December 5, 2020
Editors: Anca Szilágyi, Jarret Middleton, Paulette Perhach, Aditi Rao, Elizabeth Thorpe
Facilitator: Jordan Hartt and three assistant facilitators
Contact: writing@kahini.org
Registration: $17.50, $1,750, or $3,500 usd.

Program

Live and write in one of the most gorgeous, inspirational places in the world while getting editorial thoughts from five different writers on your work-in-progress–a different editor each day!

Our home at the Villas at Po’ipú Kai

In addition, twenty-four writers each year receive full scholarships to our Kaua’i Writers’ Retreats: six to the January retreat, six to the April retreat, six to the July retreat, six to the October retreat, and six to the November retreat. Applications available to members only.

Our central gathering place is the Villas at Po’ipú Kai: Nihi Kai, Po’ipū Kapili, Kiahuna, Kuhio Shores, and Kahala at Po’ipū Kai.

Sunday
4 pm-onward: Arrivals, getting settled
Monday
10 am to 11 am: optional morning freewrite
11 am-noon: meet with an editor for an hour-long of discussion of your manuscript
8 pm-9 pm: optional evening freewrite
Tuesday
10 am to 11 am: optional morning freewrite
11 am-noon: meet with an editor for an hour-long of discussion of your manuscript
8 pm-9 pm: optional evening freewrite
Wednesday
10 am to 11 am: optional morning freewrite
11 am-noon: meet with an editor for an hour-long of discussion of your manuscript
8 pm-9 pm: optional evening freewrite
Thursday
10 am to 11 am: optional morning freewrite
11 am-noon: meet with an editor for an hour-long of discussion of your manuscript
8 pm-9 pm: optional evening freewrite
Friday
10 am to 11 am: optional morning freewrite
11 am-noon: meet with an editor for an hour-long of discussion of your manuscript
7 pm-onward: farewell gathering 
Saturday
Departure by 11 am

In addition, as part of your registration, each and every Monday throughout the year (Kaua’i time, -10:00 UTC), you receive via email a short writing meditation that focuses on the art and craft of literary works, designed to inspire new writing of your own, year-round.

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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Registration

Lifetime Membership: $17.50: get our weekly writing meditation year-round and apply for a fully scholarshipped week in Kaua’i: airfare is included.
Lifetime Membership: $1,750: get our weekly writing meditation year-round and join us at any Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat of your choosing: includes five editorial consultations on your manuscript-in-progress.
Lifetime Membership: $3,500: get our weekly meditation year-round and join us at any Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat of your choosing: includes five editorial consultations on your manuscript-in-progress and ten additional hours of editorial consultation with an editor of your choice, throughout the year.


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Please note: this registration fee is nonrefundable, but switchable: we do this particular retreat five times per year, so if you find that the particular week you are registered for no longer works for you, you may switch into a later week, as you see fit. 

 

Editors

Each of our manuscript consultants has been hand-selected for their reputation not only as a writer, but as a teacher of writing. 

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 12.57.58 PMAnca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, a novel which Shelf Awareness called “a striking debut from a writer to watch” and which The Seattle Review of Books called “a creation of unearthly talents.”  Her short stories and essays appear in Lilith Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Electric Literature, among other publications. She is the recipient of awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Made at Hugo House, and Vermont Studio Center. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Screen Shot 2019-01-23 at 8.53.08 AMJarret Middleton is the author of the novel, Darkansas (Dzanc, 2018). He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shelf Awareness, The Quarterly Conversation, The Weeklings, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collagist, Heavy Feather Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Big Other, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in The Breadline Anthology; Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices; and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He is represented by the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency in New York, NY and Intellectual Property Group (IPG) in Los Angeles, CA. He teaches fiction at Richard Hugo House and is a member of Seattle7Writers, The Creative Group, and Gotham Ghostwriters.

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 1.00.30 PMPaulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York TimesELLESlate, CosmopolitanMarie ClaireStylist UK, and Salon. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2008 she launched Drift, an arts and culture monthly, which won Best New Magazine from the Florida Magazine Association that year. In 2018, Perhach won two travel writing awards from the Solas Awards. She is represented by Fletcher & Co. In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, an online course for writers that includes a 55,000-word workbook, which nearly 400 students have taken. Hugo House licenses and sells the course, and Sasquatch Books, now an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish a book inspired by the course, called Welcome to the Writer’s Life.

Screen Shot 2019-01-20 at 1.04.53 PMAditi Rao  is the author of two full-length poetry collections, and winner of several awards and fellowships. She has been teaching creative and expository writing, one-on-one as well as in group and classroom settings, since 2005. Aditi’s poetry has appeared in such magazines as Eclectica, Black Rabbit Review, Muse India, Cha: An Asian Literary journal, The Feminist Wire, and other publications, and her essays have been featured in People Building Peace 2.0, Moments that Speak: Images and Stories of Connection, The Hindu BusinessLine, The Ken, and others. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “The Fingers Remember” was published in 2015, and her second collection, “A Kind Of Freedom Song,” will be released in early 2019. She is currently working on her first nonfiction manuscript, a collection of oral histories of South Asian women who were raised by single women. Aditi has a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. She currently lives in New Delhi, India.

Elizabeth Thorpe‘s short fiction collection, Cities, was published in Spring 2015 by Texture Press. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Per Contra, escarp, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Maine Review, among others. She teaches writing at Drexel University and Olympic College, earned an MFA in Fiction from Goddard College, and is a literary editor for freelance clients and a proofreader for design company 160over90. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington, where she has worked at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference as an editor since 2011.
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Facilitator

Jordan Hartt jordan copypractices radical hospitality: a way of life that 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 Club; hosts annual writing retreats in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and gives as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries.

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