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Between the Lines - a Haiku Workshop

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Between the Lines - a Haiku Workshop

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May 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Between the Lines - a haiku workshop will help you better understand the depth of meaning packed into the minimal syllables of poems written in this ancient form as well as how to compose your own haiku. It has been said that it’s what you don’t say in a haiku that is the most important part. 

The workshop will begin with a half-hour presentation in which participants will have the opportunity to become more familiar with haiku – both the process and the poems that result. You will be guided into learning how to read between the lines of a haiku and discover how reading and writing haiku will improve the ways you write in any genre.

Following this exploration of haiku, participants will be guided through a quick list exercise plus four 15-minute writing sprints. These exercises are geared to improve your skills for haiku/haibun, but can also be useful to hone your prose or other types of poetry. Some poems will be read for inspiration and questions will be welcome at any time. 

Katherine J. Munro (kjmunro) is originally from Vancouver and moved to the Yukon Territory in 1991. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada and a member of The League of Canadian Poets, The Federation of BC Writers, and The Haiku Society of America. In 2014, she founded ‘solstice haiku’, a monthly haiku discussion group in Whitehorse that she continues to facilitate. Since 2018, she has curated a weekly blog feature for The Haiku Foundation, now managed with guest editors. She has recently completed the online program called Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, revising a poetry manuscript with her mentor Betsy Warland. Her work placed first in The League of Canadian Poets ‘Very Small Verse Contest’ in 2019, made the Poetry Short List in The Federation of BC Writers 2021 Literary Contests, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection is contractions (Red Moon Press, 2019).   kjmunro1560.wordpress.com

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