Online: How to Haiku with Maeve O'Sullivan Writing courses Irish Writers Centre

Booked Out: Online: How to Haiku with Maeve O'Sullivan

Dates: Sat 29 May & Sat 12 June 2021
Time: 10.30 am - 1.30 pm
Duration: 2 Days
Cost: €96/€87 members

Course Level: Beginners/Emerging

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)

Please note that no class will take place on Saturday 5 June doe to the bank holiday

Course Summary: 

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.

Course Outline: 

Day One

Introduction to haiku & its history, with examples

Preparation for a ginko / composition stroll in your own locality and editing of haiku from it (with a Plan B for those who prefer to stay on Zoom)

Conducting of a kukai-style workshop of some of today’s ginko haiku and suggestions for haiku journals (online and off) for reading and submissions.

Day Two

Introduction to senryu (human-nature haiku) & its history, with examples

Preparation for a ginko / composition stroll in your own locality and editing of senryu from it (with a Plan B for those who prefer to stay on Zoom)

Conducting of a kukai-style workshop of some of today’s ginko senryu and suggestions for senryu journals (online and off) for reading and submissions.

Course Outcomes: 

The 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. They will also have confidence in their ability to read haiku & senryu in a meaningful way, and to write and edit their own verses to a publishable standard.

Maeve O'Sullivan’s poetry and haikai (haiku and related forms) have been widely published, anthologised, awarded and translated, nationally and internationally, since the late 1990s. She is the author of four collections from Alba Publishing, the most recent of which is the travel-themed Elsewhere (2017), with a fifth title. Wasp on the Prayer Flag, forthcoming in June 2021. In the last twenty years, Maeve has led haiku workshops all over Ireland. Maeve is a long-term member of the British Haiku Society and a founder member of Haiku Ireland.

Testimonials for Maeve’s haiku workshops:

"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!'

Billy Fenton

“The course was very interesting. Maeve has an in-depth knowledge of the form, and the course certainly opened my eyes a lot.”

Des Lalor

“Maeve’s delivery is methodical and easy to follow; Her facilitation of the group as we created and discussed our day’s work was focussed 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

“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.”

Bernie O'Reilly

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