Hi, my name is Amanda White. I’m a writer and creative practitioner who works in community, healthcare, education and corporate settings.
I set up THE DAILY HAIKU as a FB group in March 2020 at the start of UK Lockdown. My aim: to offer an accessible, fun and engaging daily creative activity where people could connect.
Understanding the wellbeing benefits from arts engagement THE DAILY HAIKU provides a creative work-out that is building a supportive, nurturing and diverse community. Initial inspiration came from a popular workshop I run called ARE YOU A TREE OR A LEAF? which culminates in a haiku.
The option to add images with haiku either through original artwork, photographs, recordings or video is key. I have seen the benefits of a ‘writing’ process that embraces visual and oral thinking. This can provide new ways into creativity whilst enhancing existing processes.
But my main aim is providing an easily achievable and accessible creative activity through a suggested format that has a clear framework. We use the guideline for writing haiku of a short 3 line poem with 5/7/5 syllables as a helpful starting point. However this is a guideline not a rule and THE DAILY HAIKU acknowledges that haiku can be many variations in between. Therefore a flexible approach encourages engagement and experimentation from existing writers, those returning to writing and crucially new to writing.
9 months in and we are thriving with 4000+ members worldwide. Crucially it is our members that shape the group by voting and adding daily and weekly themes in running polls, sparking discussion, supporting each other and sharing resources.
We are now proud to be partnered by the wonderful Paper Nations and have our own dedicated conversation/blog space HERE on The Great Margin website to help widen our engagement and spread more haiku love.