Have you written a haiku yet today? How about every day throughout the month of February? February is National Haiku Writing Month, also known as NaHaiWriMo — the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. The goal is to write at least one haiku each day for the entire month. It’s harder than it seems — are you up for it?
For more information, visit www.nahaiwrimo.com, where you can learn about the myths and realities of haiku (and why 5-7-5 syllables is a sort of urban myth for haiku in English). You can also get involved, along with 1,600+ other people, at the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/NaHaiWriMo, where daily writing prompts are provided to inspire you.
To learn more about haiku, check out “Becoming a Haiku Poet” at https://sites.google.com/site/graceguts/essays/becoming-a-haiku-poet and “Getting Started with Haiku” at https://sites.google.com/site/graceguts/essays/getting-started-with-haiku. There’s also a NaHaiWriMo Facebook page in French at https://www.facebook.com/nahaiwrimoenfrancais, and in Bulgarian at https://www.facebook.com/nahaiwrimobg. Whether you write in English or another language, please do join us and write one haiku a day for February — National Haiku Writing Month!
If you’re not on Facebook, please follow @NaHaiWriMo on Twitter, and tweet your daily haiku to #nahaiwrimo. National Haiku Writing Month was founded in 2010 by Michael Dylan Welch.