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FEBRUARY 2017 - HAIKU 101
Class Begins: February 6th

Novel Middles
Class Begins: February 13th

European Poetic Forms
Class Begins: February 17th

MARCH 2017 - HAIKU 201
Class Begins: March 30th

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5-7-5 Poetry Contest
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything.
Deadline: In 4 Days

Newbie Writing Contest
For our New Arrival "This Sentence Starts The Story" contest we challenge you to write a story that starts with this sentence: "Hell found me."
Deadline: Jan 28th

Minute
Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure.
Deadline: Feb 2nd

Share Your Story
A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life. But you can write about life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Write a piece of your life!
Deadline: Feb 7th



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FEBRUARY 2017 - HAIKU 101
HAIKU 101

HAIKU is one of the most popular and older types of poetry ( 700 A.D). Sir George Sansom called haiku 'little drops of poetic essence.'

It is visual and intuitive with an immense creative power. You can tell a story in less than 17 syllables and share an insightful moment in time with your reader.

In this class, you will have an opportunity to learn the necessary skills to ...
--write well-composed haiku
--identify all the components of haiku
--to write effective and helpful haiku-reviews
--to identify the difference between senryu and haiku
--to explore haiku rules and why they matter

In addition, you will have an opportunity to discuss and share your ideas with instructor and classmates.

My classroom / audio-chatroom is top of the line. The students and I are able to speak with each other and hear everyone.

Please contact me if you have any questions about my class.

Thank you!

MariVal Bayles
a member of the Haiku Society of America
published author of two haiku books, Gypsy's Haiku, and Hora Haiku co-authored with Dean Kuch
Class Begins: February 6th

Novel Middles
Middles can be troublesome. In novels, middles sometimes "sag" because of the lack of complications or difficulties related to the main plot problem. In this class, students are challenged to work on typical concerns of the middle chapters of a novel: building the complications to lead inevitably to the climax. Also addressed will be novel middle issues of firm establishment of the story world, backstory, themes, symbols, and narrative voice.
Class Begins: February 13th

European Poetic Forms
European Poetic Forms Written in English.

Many of the contests on FanStory require some knowledge of foreign forms of poetry. Although the contest sponsor will state the basic rules of the form, it is useful to have a greater depth of knowledge, including what subjects best fit various forms. This course is designed to give you that extra knowledge and so increase the effectiveness of your poetry.

Class Begins: February 17th

MARCH 2017 - HAIKU 201
HAIKU are short, imagistic poems about things that make people feel connected to nature. Japanese poets have written haiku for hundreds of years and in the last forty years, the appreciation of haiku has spread all over the world. The essence of haiku is the way in which it succinctly captures observations of the natural world.

Why are people writing haiku? They write it because it is enjoyable and because writing haiku gives them a new way to look at the world.

You too can write haiku!


FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE- One of the great things about taking a class on FanStory is that you can study in the privacy of your own home and choose the schedule that works best for you.

ACCESSIBILITY-- Your lessons and assignments are available to you 24/7 for as long as you are a member.

CHAT and TALK CLASSROOM = We have our own server-- TeamSpeak 3. It is a free application you can safely download to your computer to keep you connected to your classmates and me. It is easy to install and available to take you step by step through the process. Students in my class find Chat and Talk classes extremely helpful and exciting. You get an immediate response from your classmates and from me. The classroom is open 24/7 and the class hours will be negotiated during our first class. We will find a time that works for everybody. I am available to teach more than one class if the time difference requires it.

GETTING THE HELP YOU NEED --I work at home and my schedule is flexible. I give my students all my contact information. I want to make sure you get the help you need to learn.

HAIKU CLUB - We have a haiku club available to you at no extra cost. My students love it! You can practice what you learn in class and make new friends.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me a PM or an email= marival58@gmail.com

MariVal Bayles


Class Begins: March 30th

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Shape Poetry
Contest calls to write a shape poem.

Shape poetry -
Poetry written in the shape or form of an object. This is a type of concrete poetry. One example is the picture shown in the contest image. The most intricate and original picture in conjunction with the best accompanying poem should win the contest.
Deadline: Tomorrow!

Dream Come True
Sometimes when we dream, it is really a message to us from above. Sometimes, it is simply our sub-consciousness that is active in our dream. Share a story about a dream that you had, that came true.
Deadline: In 2 Days

Orphan love
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Jan 30th

The Thinking Woman
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Deadline: Feb 2nd
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