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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. Writing love poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    With Valentine's Day approaching, what better way to woo your lover than with some 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 £28.00
  2. Writing sonnets
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Or would that be a bit cliché? Explore new avenues with this old form in our inspiring workshop, designed to help students push their sonnet writing beyond the traditional lines set by Shakespeare and Petrarch.



    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. Writing poetry from visual art
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Art has inspired some of the world’s greatest poetry. This course will show you how to draw from visual art when writing your own poems.



    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
  4. How to write a poetry manifesto
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Poets have long been drawn to answer the fundamental question of poetry's purpose. They have answered them most fully in manifestos - explosive declarations of artistic aims.



    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. The poem as quest: writing narrative poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    From ballads to myths, learn the techniques and styles needed to write narrative 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 £28.00
  6. Writing eco-poetry: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £28.00
  7. Poetry and the moving image
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022

    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

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