Writing Meditations

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; recordings are sent via email as part of Kahini Weekly, to enjoy whenever you wish.
Registration: Included as part of Kahini Weekly subscription.
Contact: writing@kahini.org


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.