Call of the Page offers learning in a number of ways.


Online Courses

Our online courses begin with introductory materials being sent to participants.  The usual format is that three submissions of work are sent in over an eight week period, with in-depth feedback being given each time, although we do now schedule some longer classes as well.


These courses are run as scheduled group courses, where everyone benefits from reading the tutor's comments to all students in the group, in a combined learning experience. 


Covid-19 Update: Whilst we intend to carry on with this proven Call of the Page format in the medium term, that is designed to fit unobtrusively into a busy life, the times are different and need has shifted. Therefore some of our regular courses will not be immediately rescheduled. The exception is that we do have a shahai (photo-haiga - haiku with photography) course currently starting, but the totally new prompts have been modelled on the current situation. It has always been a fun and colourful course and we've no doubt that the work generated will become an interesting form of expression at this time.


Aside from this, we developed Writing Through It, a way of writing in response to the pandemic as we move through it, especially for these times. In addition, for some beautiful relief and some company, we have launced a series of video-based face to face writing workshops based on the classic works of galleries around the world, called Timeless Art.


We are leaving our usual course descriptions below, for you to get a sense of the kind of course Call of the Page usually runs, and will return to in due course. Do email Karen, on admin@callofthepage.org, if you would like to go on a waiting list for news about any of these courses. That will help us to decide which to reschedule first and guage interest in these changed times, so thank you.


You can find out more about our online haiku courses here.


You can find out more about our online tanka courses here.


You can find out more about our online senryu course here.


You can find out more about our online haibun courses here.


You can find out more about our haiga and shahai courses here.


Online Course Overview

Here's a quick overview of the courses we currently have scheduled:


A Covid-19 responsive course is already active, and is for joining on a rolling basis as this challenge to the world continues. The course is called Writing Through It.


Please also check our "During Covid-19" and Events pages for other activities, including video-based workshops.


If you are interested in booking but not certain which course is right for you, feel free to email us on admin@callofthepage.org for some advice. If you would like a free 10 minute Skype or phone chat with Alan, without obligation, to discuss the next steps in your writing plans, we would be glad to arrange this.

One-to-One Tuition

Alan Summers is available for one-to-one tuition, in person, by email, post, telephone, Skype, or a combination of these.  One-to-one sessions are tailored to suit you, either with Alan setting assignments, or simply giving feedback on your drafts of haiku, tanka or the other Japanese forms.


We operate with a choice of a fixed-time rate, or alternatively offer a flexible account system, where one-to-one students can send as little or as much work as they like at any time. Any time paid for but not used will roll over and be held for the student's next session. 


We normally aim to address students' work within one week of their sending it to us - but please email us first at admin@callofthepage.org to check on availability and find out more about how the one-to-ones work. We can normally schedule Skype sessions within two or three days. We'd be happy to discuss which method of feedback might suit you best. 


Call of the Page (formerly With Words) holds or takes part in several events around the year, mostly in the South West and West of England, and London.  These are often an opportunity to learn about haiku in an informal setting.  Although it is not practical for our international course participants and haiku writing colleagues to be physically present, we often incorporate ways of including their poems.

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