Millikin University Pilot Course on Writing Haiku
Fall 1994

  neighbors talk
over a chain link fence
dogs barking
by Tara Treamer
  midnight bells—
eyes open to a world
still without light
by Karen Elizabeth Goldenbaum
  broken high heel,
she falls to the street—
laugh silenced
by Chad Mitchell

A one credit course on writing haiku was first piloted at Millikin University as a creative writing roundtable workshop at Millikin University, Fall semester, 1994.

The students met once a week to share readings from The Haiku Handbook and from contemporary haiku journals. Three of the student haiku were published by Modern Haiku.

Each student also studied chapbooks by single authors and created their own small collections, which were read during finals week at Richards Treat Student Center.

The primary goal of this course was to introduce the students to the artistic discourse community of current haiku writers and editors. In this course students:

1. wrote and shared observed moments of feeling and insight,

2. developed awareness of the evocative power of sensory images,

3. develoedp editing skills for exact wording, tight expression and sequencing,

4. corresponded with and/or met Midwestern haiku writers, and

5. learned how to publish their work through submissions and readings.

  sledding hill
covered in leaves—
can't wait for snow
by Stacey McDade


haiku conferences haiku courses at Millikin Modern Haiku magazine
speakers & readings haiku competitions at MU student renga
student haiku projects published haiku by students links to haiku web sites
student research on haiku haiku by Millikin students directory of haiku magazines


2001, Dr. Randy Brooks• Millikin University
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