Poetry

Online Poetry Writing Courses

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. Poetry refreshed: experimental forms
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Kickstart and refresh your poetic practice by exploring experimental and innovative poetic forms in this playful and collaborative hands-on workshop.



    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. Writing the body in poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the relationship between poetry and the body, and learn to be bold and innovative in writing about your own bodily experiences, in this thought-provoking workshop.







    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.



    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
  3. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021

    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. 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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Writing eco-poetry: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 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
  5. Writing women's experiences in poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will look at how contemporary women poets write about their experience of womanhood. We will discuss their strategies and you will be encouraged to write poems about your own reality and what being a woman means to you in a supportive environment.







    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.



    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
  6. Performance poetry
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Nov 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  7. Create your first poetry collection
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Nov 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
    Rating:
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  8. Developing your poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Poetry workshop: intensive
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 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
  10. Writing haiku poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  11. Writing love poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    With Valentine's Day approaching, what better way to woo your lover than with some poetry?



    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. Writing sonnets
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 workshop, designed to help students push their sonnet writing beyond the traditional lines set by Shakespeare and Petrarch.



    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
  13. Writing poetry from visual art
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Art has inspired some of the world’s greatest poetry. This course will show you how to draw from visual art when writing your own poems.



    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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