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Coast: Haiku with Michael Dylan Welch

January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Coast Chapter Presents

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Haiku Targets Beyond 5-7-5 with Michael Dylan Welch

This meeting is online only.

What do you shoot for when you write haiku? How can its strategies help your longer poetry or fiction? This presentation by Michael Dylan Welch explores the targets to aim for and why 5-7-5 is not necessarily one of them, at the Willamette Writers Coast Chapter January 20 meeting from 2-3:30 pm on Zoom. Please register online at www.willamettewriters.org for the link. Learn why 5-7-5 is an urban myth for writing haiku in English, and why other techniques (not “rules”) are more important for writing brief poems of personal experience. The presentation will dive into seasonal reference and two-part juxta-positional structure and discuss how they can help improve your other writing. Writing exercises and optional sharing/feedback will be part of the program.

Zoom Link

Register for the meeting here. On the day of the meeting, a Zoom link will be sent to your email.


About Michael Dylan Welch

Michael Dylan Welch likes to be surprised by empathy and gratitude in haiku, has been active with haiku for more than 40 years, and joined the Haiku society of America in 1987. He founded his press, Press Here, in 1989 and is currently co-editing First Frost. Michael co-founded the Haiku North America Conference in 1991 and the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and National Haiku Writing Month (www.nahaiwrimo.com) in 2010. Michael has won first place in the Henderson, Brady, Drevniok, and Tokutomi haiku contests. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of publications, including three Norton Anthologies. His website, devoted mostly to haiku, is www.graceguts.com.


About Your Chapter Meeting

Willamette Writers meetings are free and open to all writers, 18 and up. Writers are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Young Writers

Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Sign Up! Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us. Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/hRubBf

A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting.


Willamette Writers continues to encourage mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you feel sick, please stay home and join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings.

See you there!



January 20
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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