You are bursting with love for that special person — your lover, spouse, friend, or even grandchild. Of course you want to write a love poem. But you want it to be unique, and beautiful, and personal. You want to write a good love poem. And you will!
This course gives you the opportunity to write and edit six short love poems in the form of authentic modern haiku. Just watch the lectures, learning one guideline at a time, and do seven little assignments. By the end of the course, you’ll have something very special to share … and maybe publish.
This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate writers.
This is what you will achieve in this lecture:
This lecture, and some of the others, is followed by an optional assignment. Don't be alarmed: all assignments are optional and your writing won't be assessed or marked. The assignments help you to apply what you have learned, one step at a time. Assignment 1 invites you to write your very first poem for the course. It's easy: in fact it's impossible to fail!
In this lecture you will discover how the course works, so that you feel comfortable about what lies ahead. This is a lifestyle course, and any assignments or quizzes are entirely optional; nevertheless the course is rigorously constructed, so that if you want to learn and develop as a poet, you will. Specifically, the lecture will clarify the following:
I’m your instructor for the whole of this course. So it’s only fair to tell you a bit about myself, and why I have created this course for you. I am a poet. I enjoy the Japanese aesthetic and the spirit of Zen. And I love helping people to achieve their writing goals by using the clearest, simplest, and most practical instructions. This lecture shows, I hope, that after many years as a much-published poet and an award-winning teacher, I can give you expert help in this fun project, writing love haiku.
I wonder what your own motives are, and what you're hoping to gain from this course? If you write this down (either privately or on the discussion board), you may enjoy referring to your notes later.
This lecture contains key information about the nature of haiku, ancient or modern. A haiku nearly always contains four ingredients — and they may not include the one you thought you knew for sure!
After the lecture you can do Assignment 3, in which you will write a haiku, applying what you have learnt. (You’ll find the assignment under Resources for this lecture.) It’s easy and it’s interesting!
The word “haiku” means different things to different people — even distinguished scholars and poets agree to disagree. After this lecture, here’s what I hope you’ll be able to do.
This lecture gives three good reasons why we won't use the 17-syllable rule in this course. After watching the video, here's what you'll be able to do:
Please note that sometimes you may write 17 syllables by accident, which is a bonus!
You will learn three useful things from this reassuring lecture.
Assignment 4 is attached to this lecture. This one is particularly easy — as you might guess! And yet I think you'll write something special when you do it.
In this lecture you will learn more about the second guideline for writing haiku.
After the lecture you may choose to do Assignment 5, in which you will write a haiku, applying what you have learnt. (You’ll find the assignment under Resources for this lecture.)
In this lecture you will learn more about the third guideline for writing haiku.
After the lecture you may choose to do Assignment 6, in which you will write a haiku, applying your knowledge about that magical trick, the switch. (You’ll find the assignment under Resources for this lecture.)
What’s in this lecture? Liberation! Many modern haiku writers have abandoned one traditional Japanese rule and reinterpreted another one to fit their own world. After this lecture you’ll be able to do the following.
After the lecture you may choose to do Assignment 7, in which you will write a haiku, applying what you have learnt. (You’ll find the assignment under Resources for this lecture.) You know a lot now, and your haiku are becoming more and more interesting.
At this point your writing project gets exciting. You’ve probably written six haiku or little poems— that’s like a tiny book of tiny poems! In this lecture, you will learn how to do the following:
The assignment on editing all your haiku is attached to Lecture 13. You might like to look at that in advance. You can start the first two stages of editing your haiku whenever you like.
At first sight, this stage of editing may look complex, as it involves checking each of your own poems against each of four guidelines. But we make it easy by showing you pairs of haiku for comparison. Afterwards, you will be able to do the following:
You might want to look at Assignment 8 now and start this stage of the editing process now. But it’s fine to wait until you have watched the next lecture.
Yay, now we’ve reached the final stage of editing, where you check the smallest details and polish them up. After this lecture you will know how to:
Now it’s time to tackle your haiku editing in earnest. Assignment 8 puts all the instructions in one place, so you can manage the process easily. Remember your first intentions, and make sure your haiku are fit for purpose: you are the boss of your own haiku!
At last your love poems are finished — now what? After this lecture you will be ready to do the following:
This short course needn’t be the end of your haiku journey: it could be just a beginning. In this lecture I’ll suggest various ways that you might want to continue learning and reading and writing haiku (or other kinds of poems). Afterwards, you’ll be prepared to:
Test your knowledge of haiku and consolidate what you have learned.
I’m the author of over 30 successful books, including novels, poetry, plays, and books about writing. I’ve taught writing in eight countries, at colleges, conferences, writers’ festivals, and corporations. I even wrote the first book in the world on writing for the web! Now I like to share the happiness and healing that writing can bring. This work is close to my heart, and I bring to it my long and rich experience as a teacher, writer, and coach. My home is in Wellington, New Zealand.