Sijo Writing Workshop

Saturday, November 17, 2012 9am-12pm at the University of Illinois of Chicago

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Program Information

Educational objectives

This program has been designed to introduce the sijo, a traditional Korean form of poetry, to English teachers. By the end of the workshop, participants will learn:

  • the history, structure, and themes of sijo
  • examples of sijo written by ancient Korean and contemporary English poets
  • how to teach sijo writing in a classroom setting, including examples of teaching materials


8:30 - 9am
9:00 - 9:05
9:05 - 9:30
9:30 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:30
11:30 - 12pm

Introduction to Korean Literature and the Sijo
Reading and Presenting the Sijo
coffee break
Writing Sijo


Professor David McCann
Professor of Korean Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Former Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University
Not only a well-known translator of major Korean poems but also a recognized poet, Professor McCann has published his own poems in such distinguished journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, Descant, and Runes. His poem "David" was included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology III. His new book of poems Urban Temple, a collection of sijo, has been published recently by Bo Leaf Books.


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education to award three hours of CPDU (Continuing Professional Development Unit). Participants should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


Travel and Registration


Registration is $25. Pre-registration before November 1st is required in order to receive free parking and lunch.

The registration fee is waived for current school teachers.

To register and pay through PayPal, please fill out the following form.

Travel grant

A limited number of travel grants for one night's lodging ($100) is available for participants. UIC Campus Guest Housing is available at $75-125 per night per person.

Reservations can be made online.


University of Illinois
Student Center East
White Oak Room (third floor)
750 S Halsted
Chicago, IL 60612

Directions: From the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) take the Morgan exit (from east) or Racine exit (from west), then proceed to Halsted Street. The Student Center West is located on Halsted, 1/2 block south of Harrison Street. The Halsted Street parking structure (801 S Halsted) is located across the street from the Student Center East.

By CTA train, take blue or pink line and exit at UIC/Halsted station.

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