Poetry Courses in London

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. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead (advanced)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This advanced day workshop explores approaches to poetry and workshopping techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, Hampstead.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  2. Poetry through the seasons: spring

    Poetry through the seasons: spring

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Snowdrops blossoming, daffodils yellowing, lengthening days and the blossoms of May. Whatever spring means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the essence of the brightening world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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

    Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    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 Friday 6th of March.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  4. Poetry in the making

    Poetry in the making

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020 (and 2 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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Writing villanelles

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do not go gentle into that good night; write villanelles that rage, rage against the dying light. This interactive day workshop teaches students about the origins of the form popularized by Dylan Thomas, Emily Bishop and Sylvia Plath, and explores methods of manipulating the villanelle in new, subversive ways.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  6. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  9. Poetry and the moving image

    Poetry and the moving image

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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