A Haiku Workshop – Guidelines for writing haiku by Quendryth Young

A beautiful new guide to writing haiku is now available for free download from the Sydney School of Arts & Humanities.

Written by the Australian haiku writer Quendryth Young, A Haiku Workshop is a comprehensive collection of succinct guidelines to writing English-language haiku – backed up with examples from Quendryth’s own extensive and award-winning body of work.

Quendryth has agreed to share her guidelines in e-brochure form to “spread the message, spread the joy, spread the elation . . . of living with senses wide open to the environment, in order to capture significant moments of observation with concision and resonance”.


Quendryth discovered a passion for haiku in 2004, following a forty-year career as a cytologist. In 2005 she began her ongoing role as the coordinator of Cloudcatchers, a group of haiku poets on the Far North Coast of NSW, and edited the inaugural haiku section of FreeXpresSion (2007–2009). More than eight hundred of Quendryth’s haiku have been published, and she has received twenty major international awards, including a second in the Mildred Kanterman Memorial Book Award (The Haiku Society of America) in 2008 for her haiku collection The Whole Body Singing, and a Touchstone Award (The Haiku Foundation) in 2010.

Everyone at the Sydney School of Arts & Humanities extends their warmest gratitude to Quendryth for her generosity and enthusiasm in creating this valuable resource and, the Australian Haiku Society in turn extends its thanks to the Sydney School of Arts & Humanities (www.ssoa.com.au) which has published the e-brochure and made it available https://www.ssoa.com.au/a-haiku-workshop

A Haiku Workshop Quendryth Young

Please note that Quendryth Young is the copyright holder of A Haiku Workshop, and that if any part of the e-brochure is used for any further publication, accreditation to Quendryth Young and Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is required. For further information please contact enquiry@ssoa.com.au

Sharon Dean

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