Japanese Poetry Forms- A Six-week Course in Writing Japanese-style Verse


Tue, 2 April 2024 - Tue, 7 May 2024



MAKE by Narture Studios - 30 Newmarket St, Ayr KA7 1LP

Further info

Cost: £120


Type: Workshop

A Six-week Course in Writing Japanese-style Verse with local poet Alistair Paterson.

Poetry is all about condensing, and no poetry is more condensed than Japanese. We will learn from this tradition and endeavour to be creative with it at the same time, without losing sense of its original context.

Every Tuesday from 2nd April to 7th May 5.30pm – 7.30pm

£120 for entire course, normal concessions apply, please get in touch.

On Alistair Paterson:

Alistair Paterson works as a creative writing tutor specialising in running retreats to inspirational locations across the UK. His poetry has been widely published in Britain and abroad. He is the author of four Japanese-style poetry pamphlets, and been published in Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society, and Haiku Scotland.
Week 1
Haiku within its original context. We will learn how haiku arose and try our hand at the form.

Week 2
Tanka: Origins and practicing the form.

Week 3
Sedoka: Introduction and writing practice.

Week 4
Imayo: Introduction and practice.

Week 5
Return to Haiku 1: Modern approaches and departures – a look into modern methods and how to emulate them.

Week 6
Return to Haiku 2: Honing skills while utilising traditional and modern methods.

We will learn how to write four main forms with hands-on practice during class time. Reading and discussion will follow at end of each session.

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