Call of the Page offers learning in a number of ways.
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.
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.
Here's a quick overview of the courses we currently have scheduled:
Starting in January, our Intermediate Haiku class still has places.
We have a brand new course, One-Line Haiku starting mid-January.
In January also, we are starting another Tanka Online course.
In February a short Senryu course is starting.
We will be running Introducing... Haiku in April.
The January Haibun class is now full, but we will be repeating The Passion of Haibun in April, and bookings are now being accepted for this course. UPDATE: a place on the January Haibun class has freed up. If you would like to take this place, please book for the April Haibun course and email us that you would prefer the earlier course.
We also hope to schedule a Shahai course in the first half of 2020, but besides this our online course programme for winter through to early spring 2020 is now complete.
If you are interested in booking but not certain which course is right for you, feel free to email us on firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 have a flexible account system, and 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 email@example.com 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.