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Start Date: Tuesday October 10th 2017.
Level: Beginners at creative writing; beginners and improvers of tanka.
Group Size: 3
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 operates 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 the course (total 6 poems) and can also add a couple of rewritten poems for final comments during that time. The course ends with an optional 20-minute phone or Skype chat with Alan to answer any outstanding questions about tanka in general or the student's work.
Full Cost: £95 (approximately US$129)
Early Bird Rate (expires on Monday October 2nd): £83 (approximately US$113)
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