Haiku: See and Write from the Outside In with Scott Mason

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM until Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 8:30 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Scott Mason
    2 hour session on Tuesdays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    November 10 to December 15, no session November 24
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Commonly misunderstood and sometimes even trivialized in popular culture, the minimalist form of haiku poetry can be penetrating in its aesthetic sensibilities and surprising in the range and power of its emotive effects. Furthermore, the conscientious practice of writing or simply reading authentic haiku poetry enables one to actually begin to see the world with new eyes—with both greater attentiveness and deeper appreciation. (British scholar R.H. Blyth observed, “Haiku is the final flower of all Eastern culture; it is also a way of living.”) For these reasons and others, haiku written in the English language has become the most widespread form of “people’s poetry” worldwide. This course will utilize a combination of mini-lectures (the “DNA” of an effective haiku, haiku aesthetics, English-language haiku masters, related forms, etc.) and opportunities for feedback on participants’ own work, developed on the basis of structured between-session “outside” exercises. Students will acquire a new set of perceptual and expressive skills, and possibly a new life-enhancing practice.

    Scott Mason is one of the world’s leading practitioners and theorists in the field of haiku poetry. As a poet, he has received more than 200 awards including the top prize in two dozen international blind-judged competitions. As an author, his book The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku and See the World with New Eyes earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and BlueInk Review (Booklist) as well as the top book award from both The Haiku Foundation and the Haiku Society of America. As an editor, Scott has served on the editorial team of the leading online haiku journal The Heron’s Nest since 2011. Scott also serves on the judging panel for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Awards (The Haiku Foundation) and he judges the annual “Art of Haiku” contest sponsored by ITO-EN North America. As a haiku ambassador Scott has been a presenter, lecturer or workshop leader at a variety of U.S. haiku events and general audience venues in the last five years, and in November 2015 he was literary artist-in-residence at the Studios of Key West.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.