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 admin@callofthepage.org if you would like to know more about these and our other courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Friday, September 09, 2016

Expert One to One Individual feedback on your haiku


One to One Individual feedback on your haiku or related genres


This type of feedback can be incredibly useful when you want fast, friendly, expert advice! 

Whether you want to get a magazine submission just right, or even better to suggestions on a poem or group of poems for a competition from a former competition judge.   

And if you have a deadline that is right around the corner, we can help with over 25 years experience.

The feedback is also useful if you want to spend a longer amount of time getting a particularly important submission just right, one that may be groundbreaking, where you have pushed yourself to a new level.

Sometimes we all need a Manuscript Doctor or an "Outside Editor"
We can also give advice, feedback, and wide-ranging suggestions on a collection you are putting together, whether haiku, or tanka, or haibun, or tanka stories (aka tanka prose). Or if you are considering combining those genres this means you get that extra support.  Your collection is as important to us as it is to you.

This is also ideal if you can't wait until the next Call of the Page intermediate/improver group course comes around for your particular genre, as they can sell out quickly. 

This one to one feedback offer may suit you in between our courses or as a regular litmus test to ensure you are developing a formidable body of work over the year.  

Alan Summers is available for one-to-one tuition by email.  These one-to-one sessions can be tailored to suit you. One-to-one students can send as little or as much work as they like at any time. 

Feedback bookings start with 90 minutes of Alan's time, and can be bought in 45 minute units after the first session.  Any time not used each time rolls over so it can be used for the participant's next session.

Also if you wish to book a block of hours (for instance for advice/help with editing/creating a manuscript you are working on, and want the best for your collection) then price reductions start with four hour bookings.

You can book one-to-one sessions by emailing Karen (pictured on the left alongside myself). Still taken from a television feature made about myself by NHK TV of Japan.




or simply asking for more information by dropping her a line at:



Throughout 2017 we will be offering various online courses for intermediate and advanced writers in haiku and related genres, as well as our next beginners course in haiku.

Take a peek at our new Call of the Page haiku course starting soon!

Weblink: http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/the-online-intermediate-haiku-course.html

Course Director Karen Hoy




Call of the Page (formerly known as With Words) as Karen Hoy & Alan Summers) has been running online courses in haiku (and other related genres) since June 2009, and in-person workshops at various venues since 1999. 

Alan regularly has participants on his courses from around the world including USA; Canada; New Zealand; Australia; Singapore; Europe; U.K.; India etc…

"Thank you for your feed back. You make things seem so clear ...  So enjoyed reading the others' work too."  MB

"I have enjoyed the course tremendously and know that I will return to Alan's notes frequently as I continue to write tanka."  J

This course has been a really great experience for me. I have absorbed all the feedback and it has had an important impact on my writing.  I agree with everything Alan has said regarding my haiku and it is amazing that Alan has put his finger on every little shade and "flaw" of my haiku in such a detailed way.”  ML

“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.”  AS


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





Alan is Director/Lead Tutor of With Words, an international provider of literature, education and literacy projects, and online workshops based around the Japanese genres. 

He is the editor of the forthcoming publication:
Writing Poetry: the haiku way (2017)

He has been an expert on English-language haiku (and other Haikai Literature) for 25 years. Alan is a Recipient of the Japan Times Award (2002) for both haiku and renku, and the Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku (1998).

Alan is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet regularly a Teaching Artist at the USA-based Poetry Barn organisation for Haiku and Tanka, and also for Haibun (later in 2013).

Japanese Television featured him in Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku Journey

Alan has been the haiku poet-in-residence for Cornell University, Mann Library: http://tinyurl.com/cornell-AlanSummers

He is a TEDx Speaker: Amazement of the ordinary- life through a haiku lens:

Alan was also invited to give a talk at Haiku News:

He is a founding editor for Haijinx (haiku with humor), and Bones Journal (contemporary haiku): http://www.bonesjournal.com/,  and Haiku/Haibun Special Feature Editor, Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts.

Alan has been
•    General Secretary of the British Haiku Society (1998-2000)
•    Panel of Judges: The Biennial Sasakawa Prize for Original Contributions in the Field of Haikai (Sasakawa Foundation U.K. and British Haiku Society)
•    Embassy of Japan, (2009) Roving “Japan-UK 150 Haiku & Renga Poet-in-Residence”
•    Co-ordinator of The 1000 Verse Renga Project in partnership with Bath Libraries (U.K.) and supported by the BBC Poetry Season website
•    Bath Spa University undergraduate development project Haiku poet-in-residence (Autumn 2006 - Summer 2007)
•    Panel of Editors for the award-winning annual Red Moon Anthologies for best haikai literature (2000-2005)
•    Foundation Member of the Australian Haiku Society
•    a founding editor with Haijinx, showcasing humor in haiku

He was also co-founder/co-organizer, and Literature Director, of the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival.

Alan is published in around 100 haiku anthologies; and published in over fifteen languages including Japanese, and British Sign Language.

Japanese newspaper publications:
Yomiuri Shimbun; Asahi Shimbun; Mainichi Shimbun; The Japan Times; and The Mie Times.

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

"Widely known haiku poet...as dry as vintage champagne"
YOMIURI SHIMBUN (14 million readers in Japan) September 2002



Various leading haiku anthologies including: 
Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years ed. Jim Kacian, Allan Burns & Philip Rowland with an Introduction by Billy Collins (W. W. Norton & Company 2013) http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Haiku-in-English/  





•    ‘Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac’  
Kodansha International, Japan, ed. William Higginson ISBN 4770020902 (1996)
•    Iron Book of British Haiku 
(Iron Press; ISBN: 0906228670 First published 1998, Third print 2000) 
•    Stepping Stones:  a way into haiku  
    (British Haiku Society, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9522397-9-6)
•    The Humours of Haiku (Iron Press 2012) ISBN 978-0-9565725-4-7


Co-Editor of various Haiku-based anthologies including:

•    Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints ISBN: 09539234-2-8 (Poetry Can/Bristol Museum and Art Gallery/Japan21/Embassy of Japan 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 (Press Here 2010 USA) ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 
•    Four Virtual Haiku Poets (YTBN Press 2012) ISBN-10: 1478307544 ISBN-13: 978-1478307549
•    c.2.2. an anthology of short-verse poetry and haiku (YTBN Press 2013) ISBN-10: 1479304565 ISBN-13: 978-1479304561
•  Through a glass darkly Quest Gallery's art gallery catalogue with haiku section by Alan Summers (July 2012)



Four Haiku Collections: 
•    “Does Fish-God Know” (YTBN Press 2012) 

“A must-have book for any haiku fan.”
Tracey Kelly, Chicago/Bath musician/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
•    Moonlighting  British Haiku Society Intimations Pamphlet Series (1996)
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