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 circle
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Poetry can be a powerful tool for exploring and bringing understanding to our lives and our wellbeing, and sharing our favourite poems or lyrics with a group provides a simple way to connect with others through language. This poetry circle is open to all, and invites you to come along and share your favourite poem or lyrics, listen to others read, and engage in discussion exploring the power of words and creativity. If you write yourself, you are welcome to bring and share your own poetry or writing. To ensure everybody has time to read, your chosen reading should be no more than 40 lines in length.



    Course takes place offsite at Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £36.00
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  3. 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
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  4. Poetry: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short, fun day 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  5. Poetry workshop: intensive
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    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

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