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LEVEL:  intermediate; improvers.
GROUP SIZE: up to 6.

START DATE (for receipt of materials):  Thursday 2nd February 2017

FULL COST: £95 or US$125

EARLY BIRD COST: £80 or US$105 (if paying by Thursday 26th January 2017)

BOOKING: your place is immediately confirmed when we receive your payment via PayPal to alan@withwords.org.uk.
The online intermediate haiku course can start your 2017 off with a bang!
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Introducing the Intermediate Haiku Course (scroll down for information as to how to enrol):
  
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Haiku (plural and singular spelling) are the shortest of all short verses, with an intended arrangement of words to draw on an emotional reaction from a reader. The intention is to create an effect far greater than the sum of the actual number of words used.
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“…a haiku often juxtaposes two [different] objects and challenges the reader to make an imaginary connection between them.”
From the Preface viii, Light Verse from the Floating World by Makoto Ueda
Columbia University Press, New York 1999
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Traditionally haiku are rooted in the seasons, and you can have half the poem already written by adding a season. Haiku are also ideal for urban observations, and as a kind of short-hand for remembering events, the important days in our lives, and the often overlooked things that do matter and risk being forgotten.  Haiku can also make for excellent ecological and environmental writing.
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Above all these incredibly distilled verses can be wonderfully therapeutic.  They can also work out both the ‘right’ and the ‘left’ side of the brain which is a useful exercise to help stave off memory deterioration.
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The secret of haiku is gently unearthing both our own creativity; reawakening or reigniting the wonder of day to day life and that of the reader too. It’s can be about dismissing or reducing our media jaundiced view of the world which is healthy even in the best of times and especially in the worst of times, to paraphrase Charles Dickens and the opening line to A Tale of Two Cities.
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Haiku is The Golden Thread and this course will help you find it throughout our time together.
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More about the online intermediate haiku course

This haiku course for up to six participants is suitable for those with experience of either creative writing or haiku already. Participants have three sessions over two months where they submit three poems each time (total 9 poems).  In the second and third submissions there is also an opportunity to submit a rewritten poem for further comment.  The course ends with an optional 20 minute phone or Skype chat with Alan to answer any outstanding questions about haiku in general or the student’s work.
LEVEL:  intermediate; improvers.
GROUP SIZE: up to 6.

START DATE (for receipt of materials):  Thursday 2nd February 2017

FULL COST: £95 or US$125

EARLY BIRD COST: £80 or US$105 (if paying by Thursday 26th January 2017)

BOOKING: your place is immediately confirmed when we receive your payment via PayPal to alan@withwords.org.uk.
We will confirm confirmation of your payment and place on the course.
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For any further information, questions etc…
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