Poetry

Poetry Writing Courses Online & in London

Be inspired to write poetry at the college where Andrea Levy, Malorie Blackman, Anna Burns, and other celebrated authors studied. 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.

Learn from published authors

Our tutors are published authors, practising writers and experts in their field. So you'll benefit from the expert tuition from a published author as well as getting feedback on your work as you develop your writing skills. There will also be opportunities to participate in group discussions and activities with fellow students. Learn about their recent accomplishments.

Unheard Voices Scholarship

City Lit’s Malorie Blackman Scholarships for 'Unheard Voices', providing three annual awards worth up to £1000 each, to fund one year’s study within the Creative Writing department at City Lit. Learn more >

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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Developing your poetry
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Christina Dunhill
    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
  2. Ways into poetry: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 May 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Claire Collison
    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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  3. Poetry workshop: intensive
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Irigaray
    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 £65.00
  4. Advanced poetry workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £339.00 Concession £339.00
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