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)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Become well-versed in Haiku - A Skills³ workshop by Alan Summers for Wiltshire College

Skills³ is a new range of skills' experiences from Wiltshire College.

The haiku course led by Japan Times award-winning writer Alan Summers:

Buy before 17 Aug 2012 and save £5.00

Become well-versed in Haiku 

Trowbridge Campus 

Thursdays starting 1st Oct 2012    

7-9pm     4 sessions 

Click onto this link to read more, enquiries, or to book onto the course: 

Who is this course/experience for ?

This course is for everyone, whether new or familiar with the haiku genre. It’s both for those wishing to increase their confidence in creative writing, and those wishing to further their general written skills. This course is also ideal for those who enjoy trying something different, and new, in a relaxed, friendly, fun, supportive and inclusive atmosphere.

What will you experience ?

The following topics will be covered during the haiku course:

  • The origin, background, and history of haiku through Classical, Modern, and Contemporary Japan.
  • The various styles of haiku inside and outside Japan.
  • A number of tools and techniques to understand, and write, contemporary haiku.
  • How to keep a Haiku Journal.
  • How to edit and strengthen your haiku drafts with confidence using a self-critical and analytical eye.
  • What haiku editors and publishers are looking for in online and print journals, and competitions to send your haiku to (if you are interested in seeing your haiku published).
  • Depending on course length we will also cover forms related to haiku such as tanka and renga. 

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Practical - hands-on, exciting and rewarding quality skills' experiences.

Flexible - delivered at convenient times for the chance to learn in locations all over Wiltshire at a time to suit you.

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     Fast - Acquire new skills or develop a new interest in just a few hours or days.
     You never know where they could take you to next!

Who are Skills³?
All the experiences offered through Skills³ will be delivered by professional and highly experienced tutors.  Skills³ is supported by the expertise of Wiltshire College. The county of Wiltshire's leading provider of adult training and learning.

Why Skills³? 

Practical, Flexible, Fast experience days for you and your friends to enjoy; whether you’re looking to improve on existing skills or you simply want to have some fun, Skills3 have an experience day waiting for you!


Alan Summers has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University; he is a past General Secretary of the British Haiku Society; and a Japan Times award-winning writer for haiku and renga.  His haiku are translated into 15 languages, including Japanese, Russian, French, as well as British Sign Language.

He is an experienced workshop leader, who enjoys creating a friendly, lively, and inclusive atmosphere, and isn't that the best way to learn after all?
Alan's poetry has been published and anthologized worldwide.  His pamphlet The In-Between Season was launched in Bath at the Royal Crescent Hotel, in July, and a collection is forthcoming Winter 2012/Spring 2013.

He is also regularly published in Japan, including Japanese newspaper publications: Yomiuri Shimbun; Asahi Shimbun; Mainichi Shimbun; The Japan Times; and The Mie Times. 


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