Poetry Courses in London

Experiment with poetic form and technique, develop your craft, and fine-tune your poems in our range of courses and workshops. We have courses for everyone, from complete beginners right up to experienced poets looking for detailed feedback on their work. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking for new, inventive avenues to explore in your poetry? This intensive short-course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create fresh, innovative poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For poets with some experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  3. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    For those familiar with the basics of poetic form, this intermediate course explores craft and content through reading exercises, writing exercises and constructive feedback. Ideal if you have already attended 'Ways into poetry'.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Getting your poetry published

    Getting your poetry published

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you written numerous poems that you'd like to get published? This inspiring short course guides students in selecting and polishing their poetry alongside how to research poetry magazines, contests and publishers of poetry collections to submit to.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  6. Advanced poetry workshop (weekend)

    Advanced poetry workshop (weekend)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, whilst also exploring new avenues in your craft and writing some new poems. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing haiku poetry

    Writing haiku poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing sonnets

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Or would that be a bit cliché? Explore new avenues with this old form in our inspiring day workshop designed to help students push their sonnet writing beyond the traditional lines set by Shakespeare and Petrarch.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Online platforms for the modern-day poet

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The internet has opened up a universe of opportunity for budding poets, but how do writers make the most of this constantly changing platform? Find out on this fun but informative day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you just starting to write poetry? This inspiring short course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This advanced day workshop explores approaches to poetry and workshopping techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, Hampstead.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  15. Poetry through the seasons: spring

    Poetry through the seasons: spring

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Snowdrops blossoming, daffodils yellowing, lengthening days and the blossoms of May. Whatever spring means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the essence of the brightening world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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