haiku


New!

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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New!
Online haiku courses, and related genres of tanka, haibun, tanka prose, and tanka stories – for September to December 2016 and into 2017.  Please see details below.
One to One Individual feedback
Feedback on your haiku on a one-to-one basis at any time, minimum booking ninety minutes.  If you wish to book a block of hours (for instance for help with editing a collection) then price reductions start with four hour bookings.
For Further information: karen@withwords.org.uk
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Haiku – Group Online Course
This haiku course is suitable for those with some experience of either creative writing or haiku already, as it is quite advanced and technical (see below for haiku beginners). Participants submit three poems three times over the two-month course (total 9 poems) and may also add a couple of rewrite poems for final comments during that time.  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 29nd September 2016
FULL COST: £95 or US$125
EARLY BIRD COST: £80 or US$105 (if paying by Thursday 15th September 2016)
BOOKING: by payment via PayPal to alan@withwords.org.uk.
 
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Japanese Form Free-for-All!  
Pick your favorite Japanese form from tanka, senryu, haiku, haibun or tanka prose, and submit three times over two months.  A chance to see what your fellow writers are doing; what excites them about each form, and spread your Japanese form ‘wings’.  Optional prompt materials on inspiring subjects are offered for each assignment.
In-depth feedback is given on all work by Alan, and lesson prompts are written by Karen.
LEVEL:  intermediate; improvers.
GROUP SIZE: up to 6.
START DATE (for receipt of materials):  Monday 19th September 2016
FULL COST: £95 or US$125
EARLY BIRD COST: £80 or US$105 (if paying by Monday 5th September 2016)
BOOKING: by payment via PayPal to alan@withwords.org.uk.
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Haiku Beginners – Group Online Course
This is a new course.  We were keen to introduce a purely entry level course, not only for people who are looking specifically to learn about writing haiku, but for those who are inspired to try this short form as a manageable way in to starting creative writing.  With this course, we enjoy getting back to basics.  We will learn what to watch out for when reading haiku, and begin to write snippets, ready to write complete haiku by the end of the course.  Participants should have at least three finished haiku by the end of the course, and ideas for continuing their writing.
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:  beginners at haiku, or beginners at creative writing.
GROUP SIZE: up to 6.
START DATE:  To be confirmed.  Please let us know if you would like to be put on the notification list.
With Words have been running online courses in haiku (and other related genres) since June 2009, and in-person courses at various venues since 1999. 
Alan regularly has participants on his courses from around the world including USA; Canada; New Zealand; Australia; Singapore; Europe; U.K.; India etc…
“Thank you for your feed back. You make things seem so clear …  So enjoyed reading the others’ work too.”  MB
“I have enjoyed the course tremendously and know that I will return to Alan’s notes frequently as I continue to write tanka.”  J
This course has been a really great experience for me. I have absorbed all the feedback and it has had an important impact on my writing.  I agree with everything Alan has said regarding my haiku and it is amazing that Alan has put his finger on every little shade and “flaw” of my haiku in such a detailed way.”  ML
“Trying to distil very personal moments and memories into a few lines is something I have never attempted before, in fact never thought of before – and for that I thank you.”  AS
“Hi Alan – thanks so much for this … I really had no idea there was so much to this art, and I’m completely fascinated. Your comments are extremely perceptive.”  MK
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