Although originating in medieval Japan the world’s shortest literary form, the haiku has become popular across the globe.
Likewise, the haibun combining haiku and creative non-fiction, has found a dedicated following of writers in many languages.
Perhaps this is because the range of the haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, short story and travel journal writing.
Perhaps you are new to poetry and want to learn some basics, or you are interested in short form prose. Either way, this eclectic workshop meeting at the intersection of ‘Poetry St and Prose Ave’ will unleash new possibilities helping poets explore narrative and show prose writers a touch of poetry’s finesse.
This workshop is designed to bring both newcomer and more experienced writer on a fascinating journey. It includes guided centering and relaxation exercises, technical knowledge of the two forms in their Japanese context, practical examples of both forms, audio and video presentations, advice on starting a haiku-haibun journal, along with ample writing time, and a final haiku celebration session.