How to Haiku – the Next Level with Maeve O’Sullivan
Date: January 15, 2024
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Level: Emerging |
Cost: €165 (€150 Members)
Online/In Person: Online
This course takes place online on Mondays for 6 weeks
Please note that class will not take place on Monday 5 February and this course will end on Monday 26 February.
Building on the introductory How to Haiku, or another introductory haiku workshop, this course will
explore haiku and related forms in more depth. It will provide an introduction to four forms related
to the haiku: the tanka, the haiga, the monoku and the cherita. It will also explore techniques for
writing more effective haikai by answering these questions: should haiku be punctuated and how do
we best do that? How can we use metaphor in haiku in a meaningful way? What is ‘wabi-sabi’, what
are horizontal and vertical axes in haiku and how do we go about employing these?
Week 1: Tanka, the 5-line form related to haiku (also/formerly known as Waka).
Week 2: Syntax & punctuation in haiku, plus the use of definite & indefinite articles.
Week 3: Monoku (one-line haiku) and the use of spacing. Also cherita (6 lines in 3 stanzas)
Week 4: Metaphor in haiku: whether to / how to: explicit or implicit?
Week 5: Haiga, the form which combines haiku and images
Week 6: ‘Wabi-sabi’, ‘mono no aware’ and horizontal & vertical axes in haiku.
Participants will be expected to produce work during or after the classes in weeks 1, 3 and 5, with
sharing and feedback in the following week’s class.
Participants will have a deeper understanding, not just of the advanced techniques for writing more
accomplished haiku and senryu, but of four different forms related to the basic three-line haiku.
They will also develop an ability to read and write these Japanese forms with increased confidence
and proficiency. Suggestions for submissions to relevant haikai journals will also be made.
Maeve O’Sullivan’s poetry and haikai have been widely published, anthologised, awarded and
translated. She is the author of five collections from Alba Publishing, the latest of which is Wasp on
the Prayer Flag (2021). Maeve is a founder member of the Hibernian Poetry Workshop, and is a
member of the Irish Writers’ Centre and the British Haiku Society. She leads workshops and mentors
individuals in haikai, and also writes a range of literary journalism. www.maeveosullivan.com
“I’ve had the privilege of participating in a few of Maeve's haiku workshops. Maeve imparts her extensive knowledge and experience of the haiku form in an accessible manner. She is an honest and approachable facilitator who encourages her
“Maeve’s delivery is methodical and easy to follow; Her facilitation of the group as we created and discussed our day’s work was focused and kept us on track. I am very happy to recommend Maeve’s workshop – not just for the format and content, but for the way that Maeve delivers it and her warm engagement with her students.”
Karen J. McDonnell
“The course was very interesting. Maeve has an in-depth knowledge of the form, and the course certainly opened my eyes a lot.”
"I completed a half-day workshop with Maeve and, through her kind and expert guidance, wrote my first few haiku. Three of these have subsequently been published!"