Tanka Online

For 2020 we have scheduled two consecutive tanka courses; one following directly on from the other. If you would prefer a longer course than the usual three-part one, then you can choose to book both together (at the booking button furthest down the page) at a small discount. This is a bit of an experiment, to improve the flexibility of our courses. If you have any opinions on this your feedback would be very welcome! (to Karen at admin@callofthepage.org). Thank you!


Start Date 1: Tuesday January 21st 2020. 


End Date 1: Tuesday March 17th 2020.


Start Date 2: Tuesday March 24th 2020. 


End Date 2: Tuesday May 19th 2020.


LevelBeginners at creative writing; beginners and improvers of tanka.


No. of Assignments and Feedback: 3 for each course.


Group Size:  Up to 5 for each course.


Course Description: This course, looking at the five-line Japanese poetry form tanka is suitable for complete beginners, as well as experienced writers in other forms, and those who might have already been writing haiku and are looking for a new challenge.  If you already write longform poetry, then tanka is a good introduction to the Japanese forms, as there is room for a little more lyricism here than there is in haiku. The course feedback is sent by email, with participants reading Alan's commentary on each others' poems as well as their own in a group learning process. 


Introductory materials, including a writing prompt, are sent out on the start date. Participants submit two poems three times over each course (total 6 poems per course) and can also add a couple of rewritten poems for final comments during that time. 


Full Cost: £125 (approximately US$161)


Early Bird Rate£115 (approximately US$148) if booking 1 week before the course start date.


Booking Tanka Online

By booking any of the courses below you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions. Thank you!



Tanka Online Course starting January 2020
125.00 GBP

For a place on the Tanka Online course starting January 21st 2020 and ending on Tuesday March 17th 2020.

Tanka Online Course starting March 2020
115.00 GBP

For a place on the Tanka Online course starting March 24th 2020 and ending on May 19th 2020. The early bird rate of £115 expires Tuesday 17th March 2020.

Tanka Online Courses starting January and March 2020
220.00 GBP

For a place on each of the two consecutive Tanka Online courses. This offer can be booked any time up to and including January 21st 2020 as long as there are places on both courses available. Thank you!


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