Tanka Online

  • Online
  • April 30
  • 16:00 - 17:00
Event Website

30th April – 25th June 2024

Level: Beginners/Intermediate.

Format: Asynchronous, writing in your own time – no fixed time video elements.

No. of Assignments and Feedback: 3

Group Size: Up to 5

Course Description: This course, looking at the five-line Japanese poetry form tanka is suitable for those looking to begin or to build their tanka experience. The course includes an optional exercise process to help with your tanka structure and content, but more confident writers can work directly with the prompts for new work. If you already write longform poetry, then tanka is a good introduction to the Japanese forms, as there is room for a little more lyricism here than there is in haiku. The course feedback is sent by email, with participants reading Alan’s commentary on each others’ poems as well as their own in a group learning process.

Introductory materials, including a first writing prompt, are accessed on the start date. Participants submit two poems three times over each course (total 6 poems per course) and can also add a couple of rewritten poems for final comments during that time.