photograph by Mike Keville
with Alan Summers
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It's a type of joint group activity where we all get involved in writing a poem with haikulike verses called 'links'.
It's really easy, and gaining huge popularity all the time: for instance the Bath 1000 Verse Renga (book coming out soon) was so popular with both the public and writers that we actually received more than 1000 verses!
BBC article: Bristol poet leads giant verse
You don't even have to know what renga is, or its "starting verse" - better known as haiku - to get involved.
Not only is it fun and accessible, it's a great way to bring out the ingenuity of the writers involved, and boost self-confidence in your own writing.
It also provides an extra tool for novelists; poets; and non-fiction writers to help maintain spontaneity in their own writing!
It's really as much the inter-play between writers that makes this both fun, and highly productive to your own writing; as it acts as a real tonic for the writer in isolation
Alan Summers is founder of With Words, an organisation that exists to promote the love of words. Alan is the Literature Director of the Bath Japanese Festival, and a Japan Times award-winning writer for Haiku and Renga.
With Words: www.withwords.org.uk