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


Beginners' Shortcuts

Are you looking for a beginner's class for haiku? We have various levels of course, but we advise you go straight to


 Introducing... Haiku (3 session course) starting Monday 13th September 2021.
 Haiku: A Taste of the Pursuit, a single Zoom workshop for all levels (beginners upwards) on Saturday 18th September.

The "Pursuit of..." Zoom Classes

In the autumn/fall term we are running a number of classes on the Zoom platform, to enable focused study of haiku in a live setting, at an appropriate level for not only your haiku experience, but for how hard you wish to push yourself, from a relaxed haiku experience, to more 'hardcore'!


The Pursuit classes are all six sessions long, running fortnightly from September, except for a single 'taster' session on September 18th.


 Haiku: A Taste of the Pursuit, a single workshop for all levels (beginners upwards) on Saturday 18th September.


 The Wonderful Pursuit of Haiku starting early pm London time Tuesday 28th September.


 The Fine Pursuit of Haiku  starting late pm London time Tuesday 28th September.


 The Pursuit of One-Line Haiku  starting Friday 24th September.


 The Excellent Pursuit of Haiku  starting Thursday 16th September (fully booked).


Online Courses (Written)

Our online courses begin with a link to the first materials being sent to participants on the start date. Themes and advice are given to help prompt new writing. 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. 


Aside from this, we developed Writing Through It, a response the pandemic as we move through it, especially for these times. 


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

If you are interested in booking but not certain which course is right for you, or want to know when a course is likely to re-run, feel free to email us on admin@callofthepage.org for some advice and info.

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. 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. Please feel free to email us about one-to-ones at admin@callofthepage.org but in the meantime, you will find rates and a little further info here.


Call of the Page (formerly With Words) normally 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. However, for the moment, during Covid-19, our offerings are online only. As the situation moves on, we will attempt to find new ways to engage with our participants. The page During Covid-19 might be of interest.

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Click here for more info about the Chippenham's Chosen Words project.

We were on Sue Davies' show on BBC Radio Wiltshire (104.3FM) on Saturday 20th February, and will be again later in March, to talk about Chippenham's Chosen Words.

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