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)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Haiku and Tanka online workshops by Alan Summers

Hi, I'm Alan Summers, and our online haiku and tanka workshops are designed for those considering learning a new skill; a new adventure; 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.  

You might also be interested in haibun or tanka stories (prose with haiku or tanka)?

Check out our most recent online classes for: 

Or email Karen at: for the latest news and courses.

Check out our past online classes for haiku and tanka:

Tanka are five line love poems, with a turn not unlike the longer Sonnet.

Haiku are usually three very short line poems, that rely on evoking emotions through concrete images.

There is a lot more to these two genres than the simple description, and many themes and approaches are allowed in these poems, to match your own style.

There is something for everybody.

Whether for bookings or for further information, please do not hesitate to contact Karen who will be delighted to give you answers to your questions.

Karen's email:

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:

“Does Fish-God Know” (YTBN Press 2012)
“A must-have book for any haiku fan.”
Tracey Kelly, Chicago/Bath musician and journalist
“Thank you for writing such a vital work.”
Paul David Mena, author of Tenement Landscapes (New York) published by Happa-no-Kofu (The Leaf-Miner Press) just after September 11 2001
“The In-Between Season”

With Words Pamphlet Series (2012)
“Sundog Haiku Journal: an Australian Year”
(Sunfast Press 1997 reprinted 1998) California State Library - Main Catalog Call Number: HAIKU S852su 1997
British Haiku Society Intimations Pamphlet Series (1996)

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); C.2.2. anthology of short verse and haiku (YTBN Press 2013).
Parade of Life Co-editors: Paul Conneally; Alan Summers; and Kate Newham

Quotes from workshop participants:

This was the first online class I have ever taken and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for providing the opportunity and for making it affordable. I learned so much and integrated a lot of what I learned.

Alan is a fantastic teacher, as you already know. I would love to take another course with Alan.  

A B (March 2013)

"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."
  FT 2011-2012


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