|Writing: The Gentle Art of Haiku and the Haibun
Explore the Japanese tradition of haiku, using images of nature to express human emotions and the miracle of the moment. Learn to write haibun – a brief memoir, prose poem or travel story – where 2 or 3 short paragraphs culminate in a haiku. The haiku takes the story of the haibun even further, to an epiphany, a mystery, or a koan. It's a magical way to explore your life experience and express it with power and beauty.
Whether you are a beginner or have been writing for years, the subtleties of the haiku and the haibun will free up the writing process, develop a more expressive writing style, express the amazing and challenging moments of your life, and have fun with word in a helpful and safe environment.
Each session includes the Writer’s Toolbox, techniques to make your writing more expressive, a writing session with an inspiring seed idea, and a workshop with the opportunity to share your writing.
Week 1: The Gentle Art of the Haiku. The Japanese tradition of haiku uses images of nature to express human emotions and the miracle of the moment. It’s an amazing way to express what you observe about the world, what you feel, and the way you see.
Week 2: The Haibun is a very short memoir, travel story, flash fiction or prose poem
with a haiku at the end. Two or three short paragraphs of prose culminate in a haiku. The haiku takes the story of the haibun even further, to an epiphany, a mystery, or a koan. A gentle way to workshop student writing.
Week 3: The Japanese sensibility of beauty - The teacher will share personal experience with Japanese poetry learned from Kenneth Yasuda, author of The Japanese Haiku. The Art of Concision - a way of crafting crisp language by eliminating excess.
Week 4: Subtext, starting with a quote from Logan Pearsall Smith: “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”
Week 5: Writing from body, mind, heart and soul. The power of individual words and techniques for finding the right word for every line. A tiny word change can move your poem into another dimension, make it visionary, deeper and mysterious. It can change the predictable to the unusual.
Week 6: Light as an important element in painting, photography and poetry. This is especially important in the haiku and the haibun. Publishing opportunities, for those writers who want guidance in how to be published in magazines, e-zines, and books.
Diane Frank is an award-winning poet and novelist. She lives in San Francisco, where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her new book, River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century, features more than 100 poets, with the poems they would most like to be remembered for.