Events, Readings, & Workshops

Upcoming workshops TBA

NEW! NEW! NEW! Haibun Workshop! Sign up now.

New all day haibun workshop is planned for May 4th, 2019 in Hartford, CT. (Location to come.) Time 9:30-4:30. $75.00 Paid in advance. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided for attendees. 1-hour optional break for lunch and schmoozing. Stanford M. Forrester, editor of bottle rockets press will conduct a workshop where attendees will learn about haibun (a form that contains both prose and haiku). Designed for all levels of poets and prose writers. Journaling, travel writing, short stories, and longer fiction will be covered. Attendees will be encouraged to bring their own work that they would like to be work shopped. Note: bottle rockets press, like all established haiku presses, will not be using 5-7-5 when discussing the haiku component of haibun.

To register: Please send note and check for $75.00 to:

Stanford M. Forrester
bottle rockets press
po box 189
windsor, ct 06095 usa


Deadline for registering: April 20, 2019

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop at any time, if there aren’t enough sign-ups. Partial refunds (95%) will be given only if requested before April 20th. After April 20th, no refund can be given due to contract logistics with the workshop space renters.

Workshop limited to 15 attendees.

What to bring:
laptop computer, pen, paper, notebook, ideas you’d like to work on, & most of all yourself!

bottle rockets press will have a booth at the haiku event, Wild Graces in Deerfield, NH hosted by Robin White.  On Sept. 9, 2018 (Sat.) Save postage and buy a bottle rockets published book there!

The Haiku Path Workshops

The Haiku Path combines the practice of haiku & meditation. The practice of composing haiku—and even reading it—can be beneficial in many ways for a person. Haiku practice increases our focus and appreciation of what we have and see in our daily lives, It is a way of expressing the self and understanding one’s place in our world. Haiku addresses important themes of life and it can be enjoyable and beneficial for just about anyone. 

Combining basic meditation with the “Haiku Way” is not something new. It is a practice that has been in existence close to 500 years in Japan. Meditation calms the mind, relieves stress and is a source of renewal. These qualities are needed to have a haiku mind. Both meditation and haiku focus on the present moment, the uncluttering of the mind, awareness and seeing things as they truly are. Therefore, the haiku path is a place of refuge that can be found anywhere and anytime. 

Workshops on the Haiku Path are available for:
-Cancer Centers
-Hospice Centers
-Extended Care & Rehabilitation Centers
-Health Fairs
-Community Events
-Places of Worship & Contempation
-Private groups

The Haiku Path can:
-enhance the development of one's prose and verse.
-improve the planning and reading one's work at a spoken word venues.
-improve one's method of approaching a topic
-improve one's perception and awareness in order to take one's work to the next step
-teach how to ask questions, examine prose and verse of one's own work, as well as others.
-teach how to present one's work through artist books and other creative media. 

Some other possibilities:
--Conducting workshops near you.
--Private mentorship for individuals
  or small groups.
--Freelance editing of manuscripts. 

Workshops can be scheduled by a group and Stanford is willing to travel. Stanford M. Forrester also gives lessons to individuals who are interested in bettering their craft and/or looking for poetic mentorship.  

Please contact Stanford M. Forrester via e-mail for arranging workshops or programs: