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. Writing haiku poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pearl May
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Writing protest poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    In these times of great political upheaval, protest poetry has never been so important.



    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 £35.00
  3. Writing the prose poem: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Cox
    A form that’s flowered in recent years, this short course will guide you to write your own prose 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 £35.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Performance poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    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.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  5. Writing sonnets
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Wardle
    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. Writing poetry from visual art
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lawrence Bradby
    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 £35.00
  7. Writing the poetry of migration
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Wardle
    Migration is a topic that has inspired poetry for thousands of years, and in our current age of political and environmental upheaval it is arguably more pertinent than ever. This workshop will help you to write your own poetry of migration.



    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 £35.00
  8. How to write a poetry manifesto
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Cranitch
    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 £35.00
  9. Create your first poetry collection
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ella Frears
    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Writing black out poetry
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Westcott
    Sometimes a poem is shaped by stripping words away. This fun day workshop explores the emerging form of black out poetry. Learn how to find hidden poems in texts such as newspaper articles, advertisements and letters.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. The poem as quest: writing narrative poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Cranitch
    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 £35.00
  12. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keats House

    Tutors:  Helen Cox
    This advanced day workshop explores approaches to poetry and workshopping techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, the former Hampstead residence of the Romantic poet, John Keats.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Writing eco-poetry: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Westcott
    How might poets write about the natural world today, 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 £35.00
  14. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mariah Whelan
    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.



    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Poetry and nature workshop at Keats House, Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keats House

    Tutors:  Eleanor Penny
    A two-day writing workshop on poetry and nature, set in the former residence of the Romantic poet, John Keats, as well as nearby Hampstead Heath.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00

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