How to Haiku with Maeve O’Sullivan
Date: June 18, 2022
Time: 10.30 am - 1.30 pm
Duration: 2 weeks
Level: Beginner |
Haiku is the shortest and one of the oldest poetry forms in the world, having originated in Japan in the 17th Century. It is primarily a nature poem but can also be used to describe human situations. In this introductory workshop, you will get a short history of the form, with examples from classical and contemporary haijin, and learn some key techniques for writing and editing haiku and senryu (human-nature haiku). You will also be encouraged to go on local ginko (composition strolls) on which you will seek and hopefully find inspiration in the sights, sounds and smells of early summer.
Note 1: Only haiku and senryu written on the workshop will be discussed
Note 2: Workshop notes and resources will be emailed out to participants afterwards.
Hour 1: Introduction to haiku & its history, with examples
Hour 2: Preparation for a ginko / composition stroll in your own locality and editing of haiku from it (with a Plan B for anyone who prefers to stay on Zoom)
Hour 3: Conducting of a workshop of some of the haiku from today’s ginko.
Also suggestions for haiku journals for reading and submissions.
Hour 1: Introduction to senryu (human-nature haiku) & its history, with examples
Hour 2: Preparation for a ginko / composition stroll in your own locality and editing of senryu from it (with a Plan B for anyone who prefers to stay on Zoom)
Hour 3: Conducting of a workshop of some of the senryu from today’s ginko.
Also suggestions for senryu journals for reading and submissions.
It is hoped that participants will come away from this course with:
A strong knowledge about, and understanding of, haiku & senryu, their history (in Japanese and in English), and how they differ from other types of poetry.
Confidence in their ability to read haiku & senryu in a meaningful way, to write and edit their own verses to a good standard, and to have an idea where to submit them.
Maeve O’Sullivan’s poetry and haikai (haiku and related forms) have been widely published, anthologised, awarded and translated. She is the author of five collections from Alba Publishing, the most recent of which is Wasp on the Prayer Flag (2021). Maeve is a professional member of the IWC and a long-term member of the British Haiku Society. Maeve writes reviews and features for various journals. See more at Maeve O’Sullivan’s website.
I completed a half-day workshop with Maeve last year and, through her kind and expert guidance, wrote my first few haiku. Three of these have subsequently been published!
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 students.
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 unassuming, authentic nature of O’Sullivan’s work… makes the reader feel as though they are walking alongside her in a garden or along a city street.
Frogpond 44:3, October 2021, review of Wasp on the Prayer Flag by Maeve O’Sullivan
Many of the haiku have been published elsewhere, some winning prizes. I expected this level of quality assurance to produce an enjoyable read, and I was not disappointed.