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)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Become Well-Versed in Haiku a Skills³ Haiku Course by Alan Summers at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge Campus

Become Well-Versed in Haiku 
a Skills³ Haiku Course by Alan Summers at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge Campus

Buy before 18 Aug 2012 and save £5.00

Wiltshire Colleges, Trowbridge Campus

A marvellous opportunity to learn about haiku and stretch those haiku muscles if you get the bug to write your own, or increase your knowledge of haiku if you've already started.

This course is designed for those considering learning a new skill; finding a new adventure; or new aspects they didn't know about themselves; for self-development; wanting to go further into haiku or tanka poetry; or consolidating their start into all types of poetry by trying haiku or tanka first.

Some of the aspects included in the haiku course:

An introduction to how haiku originated in Japan and is written throughout the world today.

The various styles of haiku inside and outside Japan.

A number of tools and techniques to your own contemporary haiku.

How to keep a Haiku Journal. 

How to catch the eye of haiku editors and publishers for those of you interested in pursuing that avenue.

I will also touch on forms related to haiku such as tanka, and the fun and interactive group poem called renga. 

All routes lead easily to Trowbridge:

See further down for more details and maps on how to get to Trowbridge Campus.

Quotes from previous workshop participants:

"You have a very gentle and encouraging way with the students – and you have been generous with your time in giving them deep and positive comments!" Isabelle, Ireland

" are one of the poets I have been most interested in. I love your haiku style."  Keiko, Yokohama, JAPAN

"You have a remarkable talent for touching and enriching people’s lives." 
    Mark, London 2009

"Alan is able to work with people who have no experience of poetry to encourage them to try it.  He watches and listens with patience and respect and offers guidance that is flexible enough to empower the workshop participants but firm enough to support them." 
Rachel, Bristol (2010)

"Very many thanks again for all your constant and splendid help, support and patience.  I am well aware of the fact that I wouldn't be having such an amazing journey with my haiku if wasn't for you.

As you probably know by now, I use every corner of my life as a way of reflection of my psychological personal development - haiku in itself is great for this, but working with you has just elevated the experience a 100 fold.  I can not put into words how much this has meant to me, so as I tried to say on the phone the haiku is almost secondary, but of course both mean a lot to me.  Your support over the last couple of years or so have just been such an amazing gift to me - bless you."
  Frances, 2011-2012

Trowbridge Campus

The College's largest campus is situated in a largely residential area on the outskirts of the town about one mile from the town centre. Trowbridge is the rapidly expanding county town of Wiltshire and is a well-established manufacturing and service centre set in the growth corridor between the M4 (15 miles) and the A36 and is surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty. The centre of the busy town is within easy reach. The historic town of Bradford-on-Avon and the city of Bath are just a short bus or train ride away.

Trowbridge is a friendly and lively campus to study at. There is always a lot to do with the student common room at the centre of student activities. Cafés and a restaurant provide meals throughout the day; there is a large Learning Resource centre, hair and beauty salons, a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) centre and dedicated studio space for our Arts students.

Trowbridge campus contact and maps:

Campus map:

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

You could change your life in just one day by:

    Learning a new hobby or developing a new interest
    Challenging yourself to improve your existing skills for fun or work
    Meet new people who share the same interests as you or will do after the day
    Develop professional skills that will enhance your career prospects or change your career altogether

So much more than a course - all Skills³ experiences include lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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!

The Skills3 online community - you will have the opportunity to “meet” your fellow ‘cubees’ online before you attend and your instructor will contact you in advance so you feel relaxed and comfortable on arrival. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for you to leave your feedback online.

Can a day really change your life? Try one and see!

Buy before 18 Aug 2012 and save £5.00

Alan Summers, is a Japan Times award-winning writer, and recipient of a Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku.

He has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University; and is a past General Secretary of the British Haiku Society.

Alan is an experienced workshop leader, and editor, in haiku and other haikai literature disciplines, and appeared in literary festivals, and readings, all over Britain. 

"Astonishingly moving haiku"  YOMIURI SHIMBUN (Japan) January 2005

As well as being published in over 75 anthologies, and translated into 15 languages, Alan has his own work in collections, and co-edited a number of anthologies himself.

Haiku Collections:
The In-Between Season (With Words Pamphlet Series 2012); Sundog Haiku Journal: an Australian Year (Sunfast Press 1997 reprinted 1998); Moonlighting British Haiku Society Pamphlet (1996).

A new collection of experimental haiku and short verse poetry is forthcoming this Autumn.

Anthology Co-Editor:
Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints ISBN: 09539234-2-8  (Poetry Can/Bristol Museum and Art Gallery/Japan21 2002); The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography (Birmingham Words/ National Academy of Writing Pamphlet 2006); Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends published by Press Here ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2  (2010 USA); Four Virtual Haiku Poets (YTBN Press 2012)
An anthology showcasing new British, American and other writers in haiku is forthcoming late Autumn

With Words runs regular and popular online courses in haiku, tanka and other related poetry.
Please don't hesitate to contact Karen for further information:


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