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)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

With Words Online Haiku & Tanka Poetry Courses September & October, and a place available on the August course

"With Words" is now known, since 2017, as Call of the Page. Do check out our popular and classic online courses in haiku and related genres at:

There's one week to go before the early bird rate (US$70/£45) closes on the With Words online tanka course starting 1st September 2013, and there's plenty of time to book with the early bird rate for the online haiku course starting 1st October 2013.

There's also a place available on the online haiku course starting 1st August (US$85/£55).

If you'd like more information, please email

Thank you!

Karen & Alan, With Words

"Thank you for your feed back. You make things seem so clear ...  So enjoyed reading the others' work too."  
Margaret Beverland (permission given)

"I have enjoyed the course tremendously and know that I will return to Alan's notes frequently as I continue to write tanka."  
Jan Harris (permission given)

Tanka are five line poems well-grounded in concrete images yet infused with lyric intensity, with an intimacy from direct expression of emotion tempered with implication. They contain ingredients of suggestion colored by shade and tone, setting off a nuance more potent than direct statement. Almost any subject, explicitly expressing your direct thoughts and feelings can be contained in this short form poetry. 

Haiku (plural and singular spelling) are the shortest of all short verses, that can elicit an emotional reaction in each reader far greater than the sum of its physical count of words.  This is often obtained by making the haiku verse a two part poem, and where the gap forms, that part of the poem’s structure creates a non-verbal extra part to the poem. 

Alan Summers
Descriptions from Decoding Tanka & Writing Poetry: the haiku way

Alan's Biography can be read at:

Amazement of the Ordinary: Life through a haiku lens by Alan Summers:


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