Create your first poetry collection

Course Dates: 04/05/24 - 11/05/24
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
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You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Create your first poetry collection
  • Course Code: HW551
  • Dates: 04/05/24 - 11/05/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 13:00
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Megan Beech

Course Code: HW551

Sat, day, 04 May - 11 May '24

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0415

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What is the course about?

Your first poetry collection makes a statement about what kind of poet you are and what kind of messages you want to convey to your audience. This workshop guides students on selecting poems and sequencing poems for maximum effect.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Elements to consider when selecting poems for your first collection.
- Elements to consider when sequencing poems for your first collection.
- Titling your first collection.
- Submitting your first collection for publication.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- How to curate and select poems for your first collection.
- How to sequence poems in a manner that will add to the overall meaning of the collection.
- How to select an appropriate and effective title for your first collection.
- Points to consider when submitting your collection for publication.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is an advanced course. Ideally, students will have completed previous poetry courses where their poems have already been workshopped in preparation for compiling their first collection.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mixture of pair work, group work and tutor led-instruction.


All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials and copies of the poems you're considering including in your first collection.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Megan Beech

Dr Megan Beech is a literature scholar and performance poet. She was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam in 2011. She has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Parliament, the Southbank Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival. Her debut collection 'When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard' was published in 2013, and her latest book 'You Sad Feminist' was released in 2017. Her poetry has featured on the Sky One's 'Russell Howard Hour' and the BBC iPlayer series ‘Women Who Spit'. She was featured in The Guardian lists of ‘inspiring young feminists in 2014’ and ‘Must Read Books of the Year 2014’ and Evening Standard's list of 'Ten 21st Century feminist icons'. She has recently finished a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.