The Maui Writers’ Retreat

Upcoming: July 18-24, 2021 (full)
Registration: Contact
Tuition: $400
Tuition & Housing:
$2,000 usd
Host: Jordan Hartt
Location: Lahaina, Maui

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

Each July, we hold the Maui Writers’ Retreat: 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

Sunset on Front Street

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. And, each participant receives a full, hour-long workshop on this brand-new work of art.

Participants at the 2017 Maui Writers’ Retreat discussing an opening sentence

You’ll leave with one new written and workshopped piece ready for advanced revision or submission, with new community and memories, and with new inspiration in the writing life.

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

So that each person receives a full, one-hour workshop on their artistic work, each retreat is limited to four writers. 


Daily Schedule

4 pm-onward: arrivals, getting settled.
10 am-noon: craft discussion and generative writing session
10 am-noon: craft discussion and generative writing session
7 pm to 8 pm: evening freewrite
Writing day
10 am-noon: workshop sessions
7 pm to 8 pm: evening freewrite
10 am-noon: workshop sessions
7 pm to 8 pm: celebratory final gathering.
Departure by 10 am



Please contact or register below. Please note: The 2021 Maui Writers’ Retreat is full.



Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018). A third collection, “Paradise,” is forthcoming from Tebot Bach 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 edits Kahini Quarterly; facilitates Kahini+; and hosts four annual writing retreats: one each in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Kolkata, India; Lahaina, Maui; and Kampala, Uganda. A little more about his ethos, if interested.