Re-visit the most misunderstood of all the poetic forms and contribute towards making the ordinary extraordinary
Three lines, syllable counting, nature, Zen. Now, we’ve got those crusty preconceptions and outdated rules out of the way we can take a fresh look at English language haiku in the light of contemporary Western practice. On this intensive writing course we will re-visit the most misunderstood of all the poetic forms – the haiku – looking at work by experienced practitioners in the UK and USA. We will then practice some techniques that contribute towards making the ordinary extraordinary, enabling us to write our own small epiphanies, tiny elegies and snapshots from our daily lives that are charged with clarity, emotion and humour. We will also be setting our bodies, as well as our pens, in motion, as we follow in the footsteps of Basho and make notes for potential haiku while out walking, taking advantage of the bright and fruitful spring season in both urban and rural landscapes.
all the times
I have been wrong
(This is a repeat of a course that has run previously.)
Poetry Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.
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Lynne Rees is a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and lover of food and running. Born in Port Talbot, South Wales, she has lived in the Channel Islands, Florida, Barcelona and Antibes, in the south of France, but home is currently a working apple farm at the foot of the North Downs in Kent, UK. She ran the second-hand and antiquarian bookshop, Foxed & Bound, between 1988 and 2000, and subsequently taught creative writing for the Adult Education Service and the University of Kent (where she was the recipient of the University’s Faculty of Humanity Award for innovative and imaginative teaching practices). She has published books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction and co-edited the anthology Another Country, Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press, 2011). She runs the Hungry Writer blog. In more recent years she has been editor at two online haiku journals, Simply Haiku and Contemporary Haibun Online, and has become a quiet champion for the often underestimated haiku form through workshops for adults and young people in England and Wales. In 2015, she delivered a paper to the PALA (Poetics and Linguistics Association) Conference at Canterbury entitled: Haiku: A Poetry of Absence or An Absence of Poetry? Minimalism in Contemporary English Language Haiku. www.lynnerees.com
Poetry School courses have helped keep me writing at times when I have needed some support and both student and tutor feedback have increased my confidence. This has led me to apply for the Poetry School MA and I am looking forward to starting the course in September.