Writing Haiku Salon with David Rachlin on November 6

BAG member David Rachlin presents “Writing Haiku,” a salon for BAG members, on Sunday, November 6, 2022, from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. In this workshop we will first take a look at Japanese and American haiku poets. We’ll learn and practice a variety of traditional techniques including kigo (season words), kireji (cutting words), the Japanese aesthetic of wabisabi, juxtaposition, and many more. We will also look at modern versions of one-liners, haibun, and senryu. If time allows, we’ll take a look at Japanese versions in transliteration. With plenty of time to write haiku together, you will leave the workshop with a solid knowledge of haiku past and present, and many ways to enter this beautiful and international form.  If you already have some haiku of your own, feel free to bring them to share. Bring a pen or pencil and paper; David will provide handouts. (This salon will NOT be broadcast online.)

The haiku workshop will introduce BAG members to a wide variety of age-old techniques used by the great Japanese masters such as Basho, Buson, Issa, and others. Members will also see how modern poets have transformed haiku into a truly American art form. Everyone will practice lots ways to enter haiku, along with a series of handouts for review at home.

The fee is $20 per person, made payable to David at the salon. Participants must be a current (dues-paid) member of BAG. Held in a private home; directions will be sent to confirmed participants.

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, October 23, 2022, to Gail Murray: gail@gpmurray.com. (BAG Salons are mini-workshops.)

About the Instructor

David Rachlin, MA, MFA, is a retired educator from Massachusetts who taught elementary school for more than 30 years. David was concurrently an adjunct professor in a graduate writing program at Lesley University for 20 years, where he taught the pedagogy of writing, haiku and related forms, and memoir. He has degrees in linguistics, German, and creative writing. In 2012 he published a book of poetry entitled Topographies of Light, and in June 2022 he published a book of short stories entitled Billy Backside and Other Stories. He has many haiku published in Frog Pond, a national haiku journal, and elsewhere.

Don’t wait to register! Do so today, before the salon fills up.