We’re comprised of writers from east Africa, India, Oceania, and North America. Every three months, we pose one another with a new theme, question, and/or prompt. Each regional program hosts workshops, readings, and other gatherings, centered around this theme, question, or prompt. Participants are encouraged and supported to attend events in various regions—studying, teaching, volunteering, meeting other writers. Kahini workshops focus on meeting new people and writing characters of a different background than one personally has, thus building empathy and mutual understanding across borders of all kinds–and becoming a better writer and reader.
As readers, many of us stay connected online through the Kahini Book Club. Each quarter we read three books—one each month—through the lens of that quarter’s theme/question/prompt. In 2014-2015, we’ll be reading and discussing books by writers from India, New Zealand, Nigeria, the United States, Samoa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Dominica, through such themes as home & belonging; culture, class, & place; and when cultures meet.
Finally, each quarter, we pair writers one-on-one together across regions through the Kahini Collaborative. Participants create new collaborative work in partnership, inspired by the quarter’s theme/question/prompt.