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.
Online internet courses by Call of the Page
Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku (beginner and intermediate, and advanced). We also run workshops and courses on tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about these and our other courses.
Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Haiku & Tanka: Amazement and Intensity four week online internet course led by Alan Summers
A four-week online workshop, where teaching artist Alan Summers will guide you through an exploration of the roots of haiku (from classic to gendai) and its sister form of senryu.
He will also cover tanka, sometimes seen as the Japanese sonnet.
You'll trace the forms' heritage by readings from its founding fathers and mothers, negotiate its deceptive simplicity of subject and language, and follow the evolution of English language haiku and its subforms through its modern journey.
Throughout the course, we'll refer to a highly respected classic anthology (a downloadable handout will be provided).
•In Week 1, “Amazement of the Ordinary,” we’ll focus on haiku, its origins, its language, and consider what it is exactly that makes a haiku.
•In Week 2, “Being Human: The Ordinary Intensity”, we’ll look at senryu, the sister form to haiku.
•In Week 3, “The Japanese Sonnet,” we’ll look at the related five-line form of the tanka.
•In Week 4, “Futures,” we’ll look at the non-traditional emergent subform: gendai haiku, and reinforce and build on what we’ve learnt with haiku, senryu and tanka.