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)

Friday, January 08, 2021

Introducing... Haiku a friendly immersive course designed by Karen Hoy, with feedback from Alan Summers


Introducing... Haiku


The Winter 2021 course, from January 11th to March 8th, is now fully booked, so we have scheduled the another Introducing... Haiku! 

The course starts at the end of April 2021. The payment button on this weblink is now open for the April course. Thank you!


Start Date: Tuesday 27th April 2021 

End Date: Tuesday 22nd June 2021


Level: This course is designed to be gentle enough for complete beginners (at haiku, or at creative writing), but at the same time stimulating enough to introduce haiku as a new form to those who are already writing poetry or prose. It can also be used as a "warm-up" to our intermediate course. It's also a "back to what we first loved about haiku" for writers who would enjoy a reset. A highly pleasurable course to run, and we trust, take part in!


No of Assignments and Feedback: 3


Group Size:  up to 7. April course now booking.


Course Description: Participants are sent introductory materials on the start date, which will include the first assignment briefing. 

We'll engage with haiku as a reader, using gentle and evocative prose exercises to expand our understanding of what these tiny haiku can do. 

As the course continues, we'll consciously encourage our own senses of observation, and learn to key in to moments and observations that inspire haiku. 

By the third and final assignment (or sooner if you are ready) we'll have built up to writing complete haiku poems. 

There'll be feedback from the tutor on the prose exercises, line exercises, and the complete poems, in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. 

By the end of the course you should have three poems, and an inspiring foundation on which to move forward with your writing. 


Full Cost: £108 (approximately US$146).


Early Bird Rate: £99 (approximately US$134)

Alan Summers is the main online tutor & mentor for Call of the Page relating to haiku, its related genres, and tanka poetry. 

He is also the founding editor of The Blo͞o Outlier Journal, and a Pushcart nominated poet for haiku. As well as being a Japan Times award-winning writer Alan is also both a Pushcart Prize nominated, and Best Small Fictions nominated poet, for haibun.

For more details, and my “provenance” to reveal that I will take great care and diligence, do check out: 

The Blo͞o Outlier Journal Winter Christmas Eve Special Issue 2020 (Issue #1) ed. Alan Summers 

Karen Hoy (Newport, Wales), poet, filmmaker, is Courses Director of Call of the Page. 

Karen has been tanka editor for Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society. 

Her haiku appear in many of the major haiku anthologies including:

Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales, Naad Anunaad, A Vast Sky, Wishbone Moon, Another Trip Around the Sun: 365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old, Last Train Home, haiku, tanka and rengay. 

Karen's poetry is included in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press 2017). Other poetry that Karen appears in are: "My Mother Threw Knives" (Second Light Publications 2006) as well as Mslexia.

Karen also appears in ‘Ten Years On’ the Welsh Poetry Competition Anthology 2012-2016.

‘Ten Years On’ is a celebration of the best poetry submitted to the international Welsh Poetry Competition between 2012-2016. A diverse look at the world we inhabit - alive, energetic, melodic, unrepentant and moving. This anthology is for all poets who truly feel. For the brave, the exuberant, the feisty, the outrageous and the rule breakers. A chance to revel in the moment and not be afraid. After 10 successful years and nearly 5,000 entries from all over the world the competition is now firmly established on the international literary calendar. This collection contains some formidable poetry, written by established poets as well as many new voices, all of whom were fearless enough to push back the boundaries. The book also includes the judges’ comments by famous Welsh writers John Evans, Sally Spedding and Eloise Williams. ‘Ten Years On’ is a beautiful collection of bright, modern poetry.

Her documentary and wildlife credits include work for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, and Discovery Channels. 

Karen has also been Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine's Nature Writer of the Year competition (2009).