Poetry

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. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  2. New narrative poetry

    New narrative poetry

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inventive course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create new kinds of poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For experienced poets.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  3. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00

  5. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Course Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The burn of autumn leaves, pumpkin lattes and the icy solitude of December. Whatever the darker months mean to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture nature's journey to the shortest day of the year.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Erotic poetry

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The erotic is a glass prism, refracting a spectrum of ideas, experiences and desires for each individual. This day workshop guides students in developing poems that sensitively capture and deconstruct elements of the erotic that grip and stimulate the reader.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Poetry and the city

    Poetry and the city

    Course Date: Sat 10 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The excitement and frustrations of city life have inspired poets from 18th-century Grub Street to the 50s Beats and modern-day rappers. This one-day workshop explores ways in which the city can inspire poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Create your first poetry collection

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018 (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

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    Masterclass: poetry review

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This poetry masterclass combines a mix of in-class instruction and home-study and is devised to guide advanced poetry students in further developing their poems and collections. The course culminates with a presentation evening of students' work at the end of term.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  14. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Course Date: Fri 8 Feb 2019 (and 3 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

  15. Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The digital world 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 our Digital contemporary poetry workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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