Writing Images and Haiku

Woodcut of a haiku by Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703-1775), regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poetsOpen up your senses! In this beginning haiku writing workshop, we will start with our senses as a way to notice and write images. We will use this as a jumping off point to re-create, in just a few words, the moments that catch our attention. You won’t be required to count syllables, though it’s also fine if you’d like to do that as you explore the haiku form in this workshop. We will be focusing on ways to bring images together in a compressed way to represent the moments we notice, and the wonder we may feel about them. Together we will talk about imagery, practice writing images and haiku poems, and share what we have written. So, just bring your senses and a willingness to approach everyday moments in a new way! Materials provided will include paper, pencils, and a handout of examples showing different types of haiku.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Write images using any of their senses
  • Combine and contrast images to convey a moment they observed in the form of a haiku
  • Learn techniques for working with imagery to create haiku

Jennifer Burd

jennifer burdJennifer Burd has recently had poetry published in the Ann Arbor Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Acorn, and Modern Haiku. She placed as a semifinalist in the World Monument Fund’s 2012 haiku contest and tied for second place in Bluestem literary magazine’s 2012 postcard poetry contest. Her full-length book of poems, Body and Echo, was published by PlainView Press in 2010. She is also the author of a book of creative nonfiction, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan (Bottom Dog Press, Inc., 2009, with photographs by Lad Strayer). Burd received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. She currently works as an editor and writer for HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan.


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