Last night, I attended a haiku workshop run by my good friend and fellow Whitley Bay writer Elaine Cusack, through Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC. As I have repeatedly said in this blog, I love workshops, and although I’ve attended a haiku workshop before, I’ve never quite got the hang of them, and was looking forward to learning something new, and, hopefully, generating some new pieces.
We started by reading some examples, and I particularly liked this one, by Caroline Gourlay:
Writing at my desk,
I look out across the sea…
words slip their moorings.
And then onto our own, thinking about nature, travel, seasons and the senses. I managed to get thirteen drafted in total, and found it completely addictive. I find it a very similar concept to the ‘small stones’ idea, capturing a single thought or moment, in a very concise manner.
White horses canter,
racing to reach the seagulls
shrieking at the tide.
Welcome the blackout:
the city’s glare extinguished –
darkness lights the sky.
Elaine’s next workshop is in March, “Writing the Unwritten” – and I cannot wait to take part!