Friends in Linked Verse – Inspiring Each Other

An online class in creative collaboration,
by Margaret D. McGee, author of Haiku – The Sacred Art

Three weeks, March 18 – April 5, 2013

Cost: $50 (USD) early enrollment before March 1. After March 1, the cost is $60.

Limited enrollment.

In this 3-week online class, we will focus on linked-verse poetry related to the haiku verse form, including tan renga, rengay, and renku. Participants will write verses linked to other class members’ verses, creating lively collaborative poems that range widely through the human condition.

In the West,  poetry-writing has often been seen as a solitary art pursued by select individuals with special gifts. Not so in the East, where writing, sharing, and even collaborating in poetry has been broadly enjoyed among literate people for centuries. Following a tradition that evolved from Japanese party games, you can find inspiration and be inspiring when you write verses of poetry joined to verses by others in the class

Weekly emails from Margaret provide an introduction to each form and its conventions, including techniques for linking, seasonal references, and prompts for sparking your creative fire. Class material includes a forum for collaborating and sharing your work and supportive feedback to let synergy loose. Class period includes the equinox on March 21, a full moon, and April Fool’s Day for inspiration.

NOTE: Though beginners to linked verse poetry are welcome in this class, you will find it helpful to have some familiarity with the haiku verse form as it’s written in English today. If you are new to haiku, or know haiku only as a 3-line poem of 5-7-5 syllables, please email Margaret for more about this surprisingly rich and subtle form.

Your Guide

Margaret D. McGee is author of Haiku – The Sacred Art and Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment,  published by SkyLight Paths. In the journal Modern Haiku, Dr. Randy M. Brooks describes Haiku – The Sacred Art as “a clear ‘how-to’ guide to getting started with writing haiku, and especially with approaching it as a contemplative, meditative art for self-discovery and spiritual enrichment.” As a writer, speaker, and teacher, Margaret works with various practices of attention and mindfulness that help herself and others feel grounded and connected in life.

Comments from participants in an earlier online poetry class:

“This is the first time I have participated in an online class and for me it was a great way to learn.  The prompts were catalysts for thought and everyone’s poems and comments were fuel for creativity.  Your critiques were very helpful…. I felt that the learning was accelerated in this forum.  The pacing was right for me.” — Kathy Hacker

“I thoroughly enjoyed the class and the exercises and the interaction with fellow students. I would be happy to recommend the class to friends and others interested in learning more about haiku.” – Steve Schultz

“The class was fantastic … I felt I was in this wonderful group of people who created beautiful works of art.” — Marybeth Bland

Registration and Payment

Please read the Policies and FAQ page before registering.

To register, complete these two steps:

  1. Pay the program fee of $50, either by check, or through PayPal using the following link.
  2. Send an email to margaret@inthecourtyard.com that contains your mailing address, phone number, and the email address you would like us to use.

Payment options

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Margaret D. McGee
I
n the Courtyard
PO Box 88
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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