Introduction To Haiku

Writing haiku enables people to become aware of small experiences in their daily lives and to make connections between the seemingly unconnected. It has a long tradition in Japan and is now written by enthusiasts across the globe. There are journals and websites that accept submissions from new haiku poets and, for those who write longer forms, haiku is good training in filtering out unnecessary words.

Who is this course for

The course is for anyone who wants to learn about haiku and how to write them. Students should have a good standard of reading and writing in English.

What does this course cover

The aims and objectives of the course are for students to have a general understanding of
Japanese aesthetics as applied to Japanese haiku and to the evolution of haiku in
English. By the end of the course students should have the foundations to read and write haiku
from a more informed position.

What will it be like

The teaching method will include students working individually, in small groups, and as a whole
group. There will be some formal teaching, some experiential learning and some writing.
Assessment will be based on each student's participation and production.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students will need pen and paper.

What this course could lead to

There are a number of outlets for publication and also the opportunity to take part in competitions.
This course could also act as a lever for participants to venture into other forms of Japanese or
Western literature.

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