Poetry Courses in London and Online

Experiment with poetic form and technique, develop your craft, and fine-tune your poems in our range of courses and workshops. We have poetry lessons and 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. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This short, fun 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

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

    Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    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 Thursday 13th of August 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  3. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 3 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. Poetry workshop: intensive

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  7. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 11 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative short course. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  9. Performance poetry

    Performance poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Nov 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  10. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Nov 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  11. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 11 Aug 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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