About How-to-Haiku

Learn the basics of composing and crafting haiku in English, in both form and function. Explore the power of image to evoke emotion and how artful juxtaposition can result in the haiku (ah-ha) moment. Discuss seasonal awareness and learn how people, being part of nature, can also provide a focal point. Search for human moments both serious and amusing. Time permitting, explore the link between Eastern and Western haiku traditions. This class will be taught from the Folk School Campus, offering an opportunity for an immersive folk school experience.

This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School & is limited to 8 students. There will be an optional Orientation and Closing Ceremony hosted from the Folk School campus that students can attend online.

Class Materials Needed

There are no materials needed for this class.

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The class will meet on Saturday and Sunday for 120-min at 10 am ET | 7 am PT | 15:00 UTC on the dates below.
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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

How It Works

Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. Class enrollments may be cancelled for full refund up to five days before the class start date.

Book 1:1 online lessons with Thomas PAINTING on their Lessonface profile.



Tom taught literature and creative writing at School of the Arts in Rochester, New York, before moving to Atlanta, where he now teaches at the Paideia School. His students have been recognized in prestigious writing events, such as the United Nations International School Haiku Competition. Tom’s own haiku have appeared annually since 1998 in "The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku." He was the 2012 winner of the Haiku Society of America haibun contest, and had a haiku included in "Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years," published by W.W. Norton and Co. With additional interests of hiking and bird watching, Tom has identified 653 species of North American birds in his more tha...

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