Call of the Page
Call of the Page


Call of the Page offers learning in three main ways.  We run online courses in English language creative writing, principally around Asian verse forms such as haiku and tanka, as well as haibun and tanka story (aka tanka prose).  We also offer one-to-one tuition with award winning writer Alan Summers.  


We also run or are involved in occasional live events and workshops.


Forthcoming courses are listed at the bottom of this page, and you can register your interest for these by emailing Karen at:


You can also contact us for bookings about workshops in person, and other educational activities, either by emailing us (as above) or using the contact form at:


Online Courses

Our online courses begin with introductory materials being sent to participants.  Three submissions of work are sent in over an eight week period, with in-depth feedback being given each time.


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. 


There is a list of forthcoming courses at the bottom of this page which continues to be updated.

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 have a flexible account system, and one-to-one students can send as little or as much work as they like at any time.  Feedback bookings start with 90 minutes of Alan's time, and can be bought in 45 minute units after the first session.  Any time not used will roll over and be held for the student's next session.


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.


Our next in-person event will be announced later in 2017.

Forthcoming Online Courses 

- The Passion of Haibun

 (for writers with experience of haiku and/or tanka)

The second Passion of Haibun is already sold out,



- Haiku (for writers with some experience of creative writing)

We will be starting a new haiku course later in 2017. You can ask for more details by emailing



- Tanka (suitable for beginners and more experienced creative writers)

You can ask for more information by emailing


- Ekphrastic tanka & haiku

Our first course is already under way, with fantastic results! We will certainly run another course late 2017 or in 2018. 

You can ask for more information by emailing


- Tanka Story (tanka prose)

This course is sometimes run on its own or in conjunction with haibun (prose+haiku).

You can ask for more information by emailing


- Shahai (for writers with advanced experience of haiku and/or tanka)

you can register your interest by emailing



- Asian Verse Forms "Free for All" (for those with some experience of one or more of the Asian verse forms).  

This has been tremendously successful so we will revisit the possibility of running this again. please email for further info.


- Haiku Beginners (for beginners at haiku and/or creative writing)

please email for information at:

This course can be incredibly useful for those either new to creative writing, or experienced at creative writing but new to creating haiku.


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