Online Poetry Writing Courses

Experiment with poetic form and technique, develop your craft, and fine-tune your poems in our wide selection of courses and workshops. We have poetry lessons and courses for everyone; from complete beginners, with our range of friendly and supportive Ways into poetry courses, right up to experienced poets looking for detailed feedback on their work in our Advanced poetry workshop or Masterclass courses. You can also get inspired and put pen to paper for the first time on one of our short poetry taster courses. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 19 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  2. Poetry: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 30 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This short, fun day workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance. Includes an invitation to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The current deadline for applications is Monday 22 March.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  5. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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'.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  6. Poetry workshop: intensive

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to have your poems critiqued in a supportive environment? This intensive poetry workshop focuses on offering feedback to poets who have already written a selection of poems and are looking to push their writing further.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This workshop is an opportunity to get support and advice in developing and fine-tuning your work, in a culture where new poems will grow. This course is best suited to more experienced poets.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Exploring Medieval literature: The Canterbury Tales

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Pilgrimage, religion, social mores and foibles, exuberant women, drunk millers with a penchant for bashing down doors with his head! Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales are brilliant examples of Middle English writing. The range of characters, diverse plotlines, energy and playfulness all offer a fine insight into 14th Century England.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 11 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  12. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 3 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. Writing villanelles

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do not go gentle into that good night; write villanelles that rage, rage against the dying light. This interactive day workshop teaches students about the origins of the form popularized by Dylan Thomas, Emily Bishop and Sylvia Plath, and explores methods of manipulating the villanelle in new, subversive ways.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  14. Performance poetry

    Performance poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing eco-poetry: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    How might poets write about the natural world in 2021 and beyond and what is an eco-poem?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

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