To participate in National Haiku Writing Month, please visit the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page (you may need to have a Facebook account) and join the discussion and sharing there. The primary page is English, but you’ll find NaHaiWriMo pages in French and Bulgarian, too. There’s no registration or other means to confirm your participation—it’s completely on the honour system. Likewise, we offer no prizes except the satisfaction of writing one good haiku each day, if you can manage it. You are free to share some of your haiku (please, not all of them!) on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page. If you’re not on Facebook, please email Michael Dylan Welch to share your commitment to writing one haiku a day in February (in your email message, please indicate your name, where you live, and whether you’re a member of any haiku groups).
Note: Participation on the Facebook page has continued without stopping since NaHaiWriMo started in February of 2011. Daily writing prompts have been provided by guest prompters every month since the site started, and many hundreds of people post their poems and comments. The community that has resulted is warm, supportive, and enthusiastic. You can read more about this enthusiam on the Comments page. Because NaHaiWriMo now seems to last all year, perhaps it should be called NaHaiWriYear. And because it has attracted participants from around the world, it's hardly just national, either! Come join us!
How to Participate
Will you join us? The biggest benefit from participation is that you may just get into the haiku habit, and continue writing haiku on a daily basis throughout the year. Haiku can help you improve your awareness of the world around you as you capture moments of personal experience in your haiku—poems worth sharing with others. As William J. Higginson wrote in The Haiku Handbook, “The primary purpose of reading and writing haiku is sharing moments of our lives that have moved us, pieces of experience and perception that we offer or receive as gifts.” The haiku community is a colourful and supportive one, too, so if you’re new to haiku, becoming part of the community is a wonderful benefit too.
Please visit the Occasionally Asked Questions page. To gain some inspiration for different ways to write haiku, please read “How Do You Write Haiku?” and “Becoming a Haiku Poet.” For more in-depth exploration, I also recommend reading William J. Higginson’s Haiku Handbook (25th anniversary edition, from Kodansha International, 2010), Cor van den Heuvel’s The Haiku Anthology (third edition, from Norton, 1999), and Jim Kacian’s Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. Now grab your haiku notebook and start writing!