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, October 01, 2012

Dates: Jan. 7 - Feb. 1, 2013 Haiku and Tanka: Amazement & Intensity: online 2013 haiku and tanka workshop led by Alan Summers for Rooster Moans. The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative provides MFA-caliber online poetry workshops.

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Ring in the new year with three January workshops including Haiku and Tanka: Amazement and Intensity  (now $202.50)

All workshops begin January 7 and last four weeks plus they're archived for an additional four-week period, so you can continue your conversations!

Haiku and Tanka: Amazement & Intensity

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Dates: Jan. 7 - Feb. 1, 2013
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To Register

Class size: 12
Dates: Jan. 7 - Feb. 1, 2013
Price: $225
Registration is easy. We use Paypal, a service that allows you to pay securely with your credit card or bank account. After registering, you'll receive an email with additional information on your workshop. Thank you!

Teaching Artists:

A few more details

The Rooster Moans' online poetry workshops last four weeks. While targeted to adults and those with intermediate-toadvanced experience, the cooperative welcomes beginners and writers from other genres, too.

There are four written lessons, each accompanied by one or more discussion questions and writing prompts. Lessons typically include background/history on the workshop's theme, downloadable handouts, links to relevant poems online, suggested reading, related imagery, videos, etc.

Tutors (Teaching artists) attempt to finish all critiques within the week each lesson is posted, whenever possible, and/or all critiques within the month the workshop is active.

Workshops are archived for one month after the workshop ends, during which time students can continue to post and comment. During this period, the teaching artist’s participation is at their discretion.

Teaching artists give every student quality feedback, and lessons typically run between 1000-3000 words, with quality, research, and organization more important than quantity.

Lessons are revealed on four consecutive Sundays, by 12 PM EST, by the artistic director to the students in the workshop, and announced with an eblast.

The tutor suggests possible publication venues for student’s poems, whenever possible.

Students will also peer-critique each other's work (at least three critiques per week are required).

This is very useful as it expands your skills at critiquing both other students’ work and lets you see your own work with fresh eyes.  We will also encourage each and every student to pursue their own unique voice in poetry.

Further Information 
How do online poetry workshops work?

Our poetry workshops last four weeks and take place online in a password-protected space (“The Coop”). Because the weekly lessons are posted on the web, they make use of rich media— imagery, audio and video clips—as well as providing history on the workshop's theme, suggested reading, and questions for discussion. Students post a poem each week in response to the lesson, which is typically accompanied by several writing prompts for those seeking inspiration. Time is fluid in an online workshop; some weeks, you may be inspired to write and post immediately. Other weeks, depending on what is happening in your off-line life, you may not be able to post until the following week or even the one after that.. Our workshops are archived for a full month after the workshop ends, so you can continue to post and comment on each other's poems during that time. Our teaching artists offer detailed critiques on each of your poems, and offer suggestions, when a poem is ready, for potential publication venues. In the spirit of the cooperative, students peer-critique each other's work, too. It's fun—maybe even a little habit-forming—we promise.

Asynchronous learning is a format that uses online resources to facilitate a global network of information-sharing, as well as emphasizing the importance of peer-to-peer feedback. Behind our tagline: workshops that work is not only the belief that our workshops are effective, but that the rewards obtained from any endeavor are in direct proportion to the efforts put in. Asynchronous learning also fosters cross-cultural communication and has a positive effect on the environment by reducing the carbon footprint of its students and teachers. Most importantly, it allows for 24-7 access to our virtual classroom from anywhere there’s an internet connection and a device to receive it.


Hi Alan - thanks so much for this....I learned a lot... I really had no idea there was so much to this art, and I'm completely fascinated. Your comments are extremely perceptive.


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.

Your support over the last couple of years or so have just been such an amazing gift to me - bless you.

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.


…this whole exercise has shown me … trying to distil very personal moments and memories into a few lines is something I have never attempted before, in fact never thought of before - and for that I thank you.


I have just finished reading your final feedback report on our course. Throughout, your knowledge and love of the subject has been very vividly communicated and I am grateful to you for the way you have generously shared it with us and for the guidance you’ve given.


I can see that they are a way of thinking that is different to our western mind - and am eager to continue.


Thanks very much for all your work. Am starting to get a feel for haiku.


Teaching artist Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning writer with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. He has studied and written haiku and other Japanese form poetry for twenty years.

Alan has won awards, been published internationally and translated into 15 languages, and helped his American team win Japan Times Best Renga of 2002.

He’s a co-editor of five haiku anthologies: Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints; The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography; Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku, Press Here; Four Virtual Haiku Poets; and c.2.2. Themes of Loss of Identity and/or Name. He has been General Secretary of the British Haiku Society and a Foundation Member of the Australian Haiku Society.

Alan is currently editor with gendai haiku magazine Bones, and is working on The Kigo Lab, a project to use the potential of Western haiku seasons for eco-critical writing.

He has had a haiku pamphlet collection published called The In-Between Season (2012), and a gendai haiku collection called Does Fish-God Know:

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