The blog of Alan Summers, Recipient of the Japan Times Award (2002) and owner of With Words, a UK provider of literature, education and literacy projects, often based around the Japanese genres.
For events and workshops for families, children, and schools contact us through our With Words website: With Words.
Free entry and wine, in association with Gomer Press.
Please RSVP: Lowri Walters at Gomer Press: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 16th March latest.
was born in Newport, and lived in Caldicot, Caerphilly and Cwmbran before moving to Hertfordshire.
She is published by Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar; Presence magazine; and British Haiku Society Journal Blithe Spirit.
Karen appears in My Mother Threw Knives (Second Light Publications 2006); and was Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine's Nature Writer of the Year competition (2009).
In 2006 Karen founded the TV development company Gilded Lily. She has previously worked on documentaries and wildlife films for the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channels and other leading broadcasters.
Karen is also published in the American/British haiku anthology:
Want to write memoirs of your earlier life? Don't know where to start?
There are still places available on our Mini-Memoir residential course, run by workshop leader Karen Hoy and assisted by Alan Summers, at the wonderful Claridge House, running from Monday 17th January (a week this Monday) to the Friday morning.
We'll use themes, exercises and discussion to help you unlock and write those short pieces of writing that are complete in themselves.
You can then extend them into fuller memoirs in your own time.
We first used the Mini-Memoir exercises in a workshop setting to generate ideas for haibun, so haibunistas will be at home here.
n.b. haibun is economic prose with one or more haiku.
Themes will be on many subjects, in a friendly supportive atmosphere, where humour will always be a vital ingredient.