This is an archived site. Visit the current website at

The Art of the Eye: Haiku and Photo-Haiga

By Dr Chris Mooney-Singh

4 May 2019 (Sat)
9:00am – 1:00pm

Singapore Book Council Training Room (no lift to this venue)
Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32
Goodman Arts Centre
Singapore 439053

Course Fee: $80.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.99

This is a past course. View upcoming courses.

This workshop is for those who wish to explore haiku writing (one breath poetry) and smart phone photography. Haiku writing is a kind of snapshot in words, whereas traditional haiga is the art of painting that incorporates a haiku poem. 

Photography will be the visual medium although artists will be welcome to interpret their works through painting. Both haiku and haiga require simple, yet often profound observations of the everyday world. This half-day workshop allows anyone to experience the essence of haiku writing and learn some basic elements of smart phone photographic composition. 

As well as a workshop session there will be time for participants to go outside and take photographs that resonate with the haiku they have written or vice versa. Participants' works will be collected and posted to group members as an e-book.

This workshop is perfect for those who wish to add something fresh to their social media pages or just to explore the partnership with photography and poetry.

- What is Haiku? 
- What is Haiga? 
- Photography
- Haiku and Haiga composition

About the Trainer: Dr Chris Mooney-Singh

Dr Chris Mooney-Singh

Dr Chris Mooney-Singh has authored several collections of verse, the last being The Bearded Chameleon (Black Pepper/Red Wheelbarrow Books) and has appeared in numerous poetry and fiction anthologies.  He co-founded The Writers Centre, Singapore, Red Wheelbarrow and the Lit Up Festival as well as the Singapore Poetry Slam™. Chris has also been a guest at international literary festivals in Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, USA, the Philippines, India, Malaysia, and Singapore. In 2015, he was awarded a PhD in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Monash University, Melbourne. In the same year, his verse novel Foreign Madam and the White Yogi received a Victorian Premiers’ Literary Award Commendation (Unpublished Manuscript category). Chris also teaches in the MA Creative Writing and short course in poetry at LASALLE College of the Arts.

Registration Details

Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee.
Please provide your membership number and workshop title to [email protected] for the discount code before online registration.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.