Learn to capture your life’s moments! It’s fun! Don’t miss the National Meeting of the Haiku Society of America combined with the Cradle of American Haiku Festival, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, in Mineral Point, WI. (At Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St.) Mineral Point is about 45 minutes equi-distant from Madison, WI and Dubuque, IA. Open to the public, it will be a fun weekend of networking, meeting new friends, attending workshops, panels, and discussions on haiku and related forms such as haibun, and tanka. There will also be readings, critiques, and art exhibits.
The Haiku Society members are welcoming to all, and eager to share their knowledge.
Haiku are short poems, often one to three lines, that are insightful and meaningful. Haibun is a short prose piece that often ends in a haiku or has more than one haiku throughout the piece. And, tanka are five-line lyrical poems with a maximum of about 31 syllables. Please read other posts in my blog, if you are new to the Japanese-style forms, and you will learn a lot about writing them.
Incidentally, at the event, I will be teaching one workshop for beginning and intermediate haiku/senryu poets. While haiku is generally about nature and the seasons, senryu is written about human nature and human weaknesses, and the latter is often humorous.
Here is my workshop info: Polishing Your Haiku to be The Best for Publication, by Charlotte Digregorio:
Description: This workshop for beginning and intermediate haikuists will give you everything you need to write your poems with a critical eye and publish them successfully. There will be a general presentation on the content and style of haiku/senryu, analysis and discussion of excellent examples of it, followed by the nuts and bolts of submitting poems that will catch the editor’s eye. Handouts provided.
And don’t forget to read my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide to All, that will orient you to writing these forms before you come to the festivities. The book also has a chapter on teaching haiku and senryu to grade school, junior high, high school, college and adult education students. There is something for everyone in it.
Please see the attached flyer about the Big Festival! For more information, contact, Gayle Bull of The Foundry Books in Mineral Point, WI who is hosting the event, email@example.com.