Online internet courses by Call of the Page

Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku; tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email Karen or Alan at our joint email address:
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Friday, February 19, 2010

WRITING POETRY the haiku way

This was an amazing event that was sold out! So many things have happened since, including the development of a book in progress with the title of this course: Writing Poetry the haiku way.

Now Karen and myself are known as Call of the Page:

Fully Booked Up!
WRITING POETRY the haiku way.
Monday - Friday 12th - 16th April 2010

Enter the world of Japanese poetry:
immerse yourself into the
quietness’ of haiku while weaving the haiku technique into your writing.

Here is a little taster of what writing we'll be enjoying during the residential course:
  • The Haiku Game: great ice-breaker and relaxed way to start the course.
  • Haiku: its history, techniques, how to keep a haiku journal (complimentary Haiku Journal).
  • Ginko: a writing walk, weather permitting, with complimentary Haiku Journal
The course also includes an insight into other 'forms' associated with haiku:
  • Tanka: the short love poem
  • Haibun ( prose with haiku ): great for journals or diary entries, and with travel writing
  • Renga: Our last full day will have a 12 verse renga, just for fun!
We will also include how to read or perform haiku; haibun; and how to get published.

Alan Summers is a Japanese poetry expert and tutor/director of With Words; a Japan Times award-winning writer for haiku and renga; and published on the BBC Poetry Season website.

He is Joint-Co-ordinator of the 1000 Verse Renga Project (supported by BBC Poetry Season; Bath Chronicle; and Roger McGough thinks it's a lovely idea too!).

He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and is a widely published and translated haiku poet, and experienced workshop leader. 

Alan founded With Words, an organisation that exists to promote the love and enjoyment of words through literacy work, and literature events.

Alan is also co-organiser, and Literature Director of the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival; haiku editor for Haijinx magazine; and renga editor for Notes from the Gean magazine.

Karen Hoy is a published haiku writer and has assisted Alan with both Poetry School and other workshops. 

She is published in “My Mother Threw Knives” Second Light Publications (2006) and was Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Nature Writer of the Year Awards, 2009. 


Claridge House
Tel. No. 01342 832150 or 0845 345 7281



Claridge House, Dormans Road, Dormansland Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6QH

This is our 2nd residential course at Claridge House by the way.
After such a successful week last year both Claridge House and the students immediately re-booked us over breakfast on the final day.

The vegetarian food is incredible by the way, and all diets are covered too!

"Just to say that I have heard from the magazine you suggested and they have accepted my story and will publish and want more. Thank you."
(National magazine)

“You are a great teacher, and I know what I'm saying. Thank you for everything you gave us.”

“…still on a high…you helped me move past a real boulder I had been lugging around…I am very grateful and enjoying my writing much more.”

“Anyone lucky enough to write a renga with Alan will certainly learn what words can do."

"Thank you for remembering me. I benefited a lot when I was feeling very unwell...and would like to do more. Two were included in the Writer's Selection we published last winter."

There will be plenty of opportunity to have one-one and/or group feedback on haiku and other forms that you wish to either get to publishable quality, or wish to develop further in your writing as a novelist; travel writer (and other non-fiction); a journal/diarist; or poet.

Ffi and the renga we did for Red Nose Day: Residential Course

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