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)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Karen Hoy reading haiku at the Dylan Thomas Centre from the first Welsh haiku anthology: Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales

This fine anthology is still available at Gomer Press:

Friday 18th March, 7pm:
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales 
the first ever Welsh national anthology of haiku poetry:

Karen Hoy will be reading from her work featured in the anthology at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.

Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales
Gomer Press
ISBN: 9781848513068 

Published by Gomer Press and edited by Nigel Jenkins, Ken Jones and Lynne Rees, it features haiku, tanka, haibun and somonka – in both English and Welsh – by forty poets, from Wales's haiku pioneers.

Dylan Thomas Centre:

Free entry and wine, in association with Gomer Press.

Please RSVP: Lowri Walters at Gomer Press:
by Wednesday 16th March latest.

Karen Hoy 
was born in Newport, and lived in Caldicot, Caerphilly and Cwmbran before moving to Hertfordshire.  

She is published by Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar; Presence magazine; and British Haiku Society Journal Blithe Spirit

Karen appears in My Mother Threw Knives (Second Light Publications 2006); and was Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine's Nature Writer of the Year competition (2009). 

In 2006 Karen founded the TV development company Gilded Lily.  She has previously worked on documentaries and wildlife films for the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channels and other leading broadcasters. 


Karen is also published in the American/British haiku anthology:


More about Karen: 

Karen Hoy is the Course Director (designer, manager) of Call of the Page


Friday, January 07, 2011

Mini-memoirs course led by Karen Hoy, Claridge House, Surrey U.K.

Want to write memoirs of your earlier life?   Don't know where to start? 

There are still places available on our Mini-Memoir residential course, run by workshop leader Karen Hoy and assisted by Alan Summers, at the wonderful Claridge House, running from Monday 17th January (a week this Monday) to the Friday morning.  

We'll use themes, exercises and discussion to help you unlock and write those short pieces of writing that are complete in themselves.   

You can then extend them into fuller memoirs in your own time.

We first used the Mini-Memoir exercises in a workshop setting to generate ideas for haibun, so haibunistas will be at home here.
n.b. haibun is economic prose with one or more haiku.


Themes will be on many subjects, in a friendly supportive atmosphere, where humour will always be a vital ingredient.

Claridge House January 2011 Course:

Karen Hoy is a published writer (and poet) and has led a number of memoir based workshops for With Words which promotes the love of words.   

Karen has a Diploma in Creative Writing from the University of Bristol.

Alan Summers 
is the founder of With Words, and has been involved with the BBC Poetry Season.  

He is an experienced workshop leader, and a Japan Times award-winning writer, with an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.