Many thanks to our course participants for the generous feedback we've received. This has been enormously heartening and has encouraged our ambitions to offer even more through Call of the Page.
We update this page as we receive new testimonials, so please do come back soon to see more of the things people have said. You can also see some of the course-specific feedback on the course description pages which you can get to by clicking on the course titles below. And at the bottom of this page you'll find our 'Blast from the Past' feedback where we feature some of the feedback we've received in earlier years.
You get great in-depth feedback. The courses are well-designed. Alan is very encouraging. My confidence and skills have grown.
Thank you for the feedback, Alan. Fantastic, and fantastically helpful.
I have been learning and practicing haiku and senryu writing for two years with Call of the Page, and this is my third course this semester - and I am having a ball.
I began writing haibun by doing this course a little over a year ago. All four pieces (with some revision) that I wrote for these assignments have been accepted, so obviously the course was very helpful for me.
As always, a great course I take regularly that's my key framework for writing haiku, and without which I would be less active and engaged. Thank you Call of the Page team for facilitating my growing skills and learning as a writer. And it's wonderful to read everyone elses poems and creative process, makes a real difference
Thank you for this class, Alan. I appreciate how much time all the detailed feedback must take.
I enjoyed reading everyone's poems. It really helped to see how others create and shape their haiku.
Thank you for an excellent class with stimulating prompts. I enjoyed reading everyone's work throughout this course.
Wonderful course as always!
I've learned so much in this course, including about minimal nouns and placement of phrases. Thank you!
Thanks to all of the participants for this refreshing approach to haiku! The teachers' positive comments have been outstanding and sharing one another's work very
interesting. I especially liked how Alan and Karen found something teachable within each student's submission. The format of this online writing class is innovative and conducive to long term
learning. I feel like I got to Mediterranean Avenue on the haiku Monopoly board.
It has been a wonderful experience for me. The teaching has been exquisite!
I really enjoyed being in this course with all of you.
Hello haijins,It's been a pleasure to share our haiku journey together. I'll be looking forward to reading your poems again in the future.
Thank you to everyone for being willing to share this journey. I feel that it is the start of something new for me and I know that there is still plenty to
I have appreciated everyone's willingness to share their own feedback and as a result I have been able to learn far more than if I had just had my own work reviewed.
Very enjoyable course! I loved reading everyone's haiku. Alan and Karen's comments and suggestions were very useful.
Dear fellow writers:
I have learned so much from this class. Not just from commentary on my writing but also from reading your poems and Alan's comments. Congratulations to everyone! I think I still need a lot of practice but at least I don't cringe as much as I try to write a monoku. Best to all of you!
Alan, Karen and Alison....thank you for providing such a wonderful class. I will refer back to the lessons and fly with what I've heard here. I am on the waiting list for the haibun class and look forward to it.
This has been a splendid course. To my classmates, I say "thank you" for sharing your amazing writing. I loved every one of your monokus and learned a great deal from each of you! I find that I love this genre, which is a surprise to me, as I thought it wouldn't be for me. Now I know that it is. I hope to take another monoku course from you in future, Alan. Thank you for your brilliant suggestions and in-depth attention to all our work. You are an amazing poet and teacher. Thanks, Karen, for the fabulous prompts, and Alan for your "Travelling the single line of haiku" handouts, and Alison, for keeping it all going for us all.
I am thankful to have been privileged to read everyone's work and to also to peek in and see some of your process. It is helpful to see how others go about creating their poems. Thanks to Alison for reminding me about a missed due date, to Karen for the wonderful prompts, and Alan for all the helpful comments he has made regarding my poems. This has been a wonderful experience and I intend in the future to take the shahai course.
I have enjoyed being in this class with so many talented poets.
Not only is it fun to see so many styles and read Alan's feedback but also I learn much as I try to to look at each poem from various perspectives. The true joy of reading and re-reading.
I have really enjoyed this class and I loved the work, and learned a lot from each participant ! ( As well as from you, Alan!) I definitely have a better grasp on reading and writing one line haiku. Thank you all and much luck in your writing endeavors!!!
This has been an amazing opportunity to learn from all of you and to share and enjoy your poems; always a different perspective which I seriously value. Thank you! Alan your essays are marvels which I have kept to reread!
Thank you Alan, Karen and Alison for running an absolutely fascinating course. I have frequently been outside my comfort zone, but it has all been worthwhile thanks to Alan’s incisive and encouraging feedback. I have also really enjoyed reading all the excellent contributions from my fellow poets. Many thanks for sharing your poems and life experiences.
Perhaps most of all, I have learnt to appreciate how difficult it is to compose a good one-line haiku which has increased my admiration and respect for those very talented poets who regularly produce monoku of a high standard. I am so looking forward to reading the inaugural issue of the Pan Haiku Review!
This has been an eye opening class for me and I have really been riveted by your work. Thank you for sharing this experience! And of course thank you Alan and Karen for your amazing presence, even so far away across the pond! I have learned a great deal in a short time.
I've enjoyed reading everyone's haibun and seeing the different approaches we've taken. I look forward to re-reading them in print!
Loved this course! I already want to get to the next one, feeling like I just started to get somewhere. The prompts were wonderful, made me think about different situations. It was great reading everyone's stories and tasting different styles, and Alan's feedback is priceless as usual.
My poetry has improved immensely with your assistance.
Thank you all for reading. It is truly one of the most memorable days of my life, because I finally started to comprehend.
You all write so well. I have learnt a great deal from your work.,,,.,I've loved this course and the one line haiku one too Thanks!
Dear Karen, Alison and Alan,
Wonderful to see the gallery - thank you for the effort of creating an 'exhibition space' for each of the artists, it makes a difference.
And special thanks to Alan, your poem crafting mentoring for us all really stayed with me. Looking at the gallery, the reworked poems bring much more meaning to the shahai as a whole.
Thanks for a wonderful course, as usual, it was stimulating and enlightening.
I enjoyed the course very much!...Thanks to both Alans and everyone else for a great course!
Thanks for this course and all your fine feedback, Alan. I love Senryu. Thanks to my fellow poets for sharing your work. I learned something from everyone!
Thanks Alan, for your in depth comments which educate us every time! It is a pleasure to be one of your students. Until next time, many thanks.
I very much enjoyed this course and have felt moved and inspired by everyone's poems. It has given me courage to try my hand writing more 'everyday tanka' for myself and I must say - I love the form.
Brilliant class. Enjoyed everyone's work
This has been a great class and it has been lovely to have shared all your tanka.
Best wishes from Sue (2022)
Blast from the Past Feedback
You opened my eyes to the subtlety of
haiku, a gift really that has always stayed with me.
Mary (With Words Intermediate Haiku Course Autumn/Fall 2016)