The Spectrum of Haiku & Senryu

Start Date: Thursday September 6th 2018


Level: Some experience of writing either haiku or senryu would be helpful here. If you're not clear whether you've been writing haiku or senryu, then this course is for you! So the course level is generally "improver", but it might, for instance, be the first time you're consciously writing senryu.


Group Size:  3 to 5


Course Description:


There are some difficult questions in the universe. One of them is sometimes "Is this poem a haiku or a senryu?" Despite clear intended differences in the form - in tone, subject matter, and rhythm - whether a poem is a haiku or a senryu, or a hybrid of the two, can sometimes seem impossible to nail down.


The answer perhaps is that there is a spectrum of haiku and senryu. In this course we'll write intentionally at both ends of the spectrum, and at points along it, with an awareness of where we are between the genres.


Participants receive introductory materials at the start of the course, and are asked to submit two poems (a haiku and a senryu) in three sessions over two months (total six poems). Detailed feedback will be given by the tutor on the poem itself, and on the extent to which it presents as either a haiku or a senryu.


The course operates by email, with participants reading Alan's commentary on each others' poems as well as their own in a group learning process.


Full Cost: £95 (approximately US$121)


Early Bird Rate: £85 (approximately US$109) if booking by Thursday August 30th 2018.


Apart from the cost savings of booking early, please note, our class sizes are small and often fill out a day or so before the early bird rate closes. Thank you!

The Spectrum... Course Booking

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The Spectrum of Haiku & Senryu course starting Thursday September 6th 2018
85.00 GBP

The course start date is Thursday September 6th 2018, and the early bird rate of £85 is available until Thursday 30th August. Thank you!

Spec H&S Sep 2018

The Spectrum... FAQs

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The Spectrum... Testimonials

The Spectrum of Haiku & Senryu is a new course, being run for the first time, so we don't have any testimonials specific to this course yet, but hope to be able to run it again.





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