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. Performance poetry
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 19 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Writing eco-poetry: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  3. Ways into poetry: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 3 Oct 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
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  4. Poetry and the moving image
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 31 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Both film and poetry explore imagery and have the capacity to capture and expand a single moment in time. On this fun short course you will learn how write poems inspired by the world of film and cinema.

    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. A taste of poetry
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 11 Sep 2021

    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 poetry. Join us for two days 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
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  6. Poetry refreshed: experimental forms
    Weekend
    Course 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
  7. Writing the body in poetry
    Weekend
    Course 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
  8. Published poets group
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Share your work, develop your poetry and receive feedback from your peers and tutor in this inspiring workshop for published poets.

    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 £8.00
  9. Writing women's experiences in poetry
    Weekend
    Course 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

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