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. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jennifer Wong
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative day workshop. 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
  2. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mariah Whelan
    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.



    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:
    100% of 100
  3. Poetry and nature workshop at Keats House, Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Eleanor Penny
    A two-day writing workshop on poetry and nature, set in the former residence of the Romantic poet, John Keats, as well as nearby Hampstead Heath.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £48.00
  4. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Christina Dunhill
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £76.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  5. Writing haiku poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Aug 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pearl May
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  6. A taste of poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Julie Irigaray
    This short, fun workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to poetry. Join us for 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 £35.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  7. Developing your poetry
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 10 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 £105.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Advanced poetry workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ellen Cranitch
    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 £110.00
  9. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ellen Cranitch
    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. Applications for this course are now closed.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Masterclass: poetry (a year-long workshop)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ella Frears
    This year-long 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.
    Full fee £879.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £879.00
  11. Autobiography into poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Wardle
    Learn how to translate real-life experiences into powerful poems in this stimulating course for those interested in the meeting place between autobiography and 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 £35.00
  12. Submitting your poetry to magazines
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katherine Lockton
    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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    100% of 100
  13. Writing eco-poetry: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Westcott
    How might poets write about the natural world in 2022 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 £35.00
  14. Writing protest poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Irigaray
    In these times of great political upheaval, protest poetry has never been so important.



    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 £35.00
  15. Writing the poetry of migration
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Wardle
    Migration is a topic that has inspired poetry for thousands of years, and in our current age of political and environmental upheaval it is arguably more pertinent than ever. This workshop will help you to write your own poetry of migration.



    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 £35.00

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