Ways into poetry: an introduction

Course Dates: 12/07/21 - 14/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online

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.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This supportive and engaging short course will help you to find your feet when it comes to writing poetry. Practical writing exercises will teach you to experiment with a variety of styles and techniques, form and content will be explored through group discussion, and you will learn from examination and analysis of the work of published poets.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Practical writing excercises will teach you to write in a variety of styles and forms
- Issues related to craft, including rhythm, tone and structure
- How to analyse published poets so their work can inform yours.
- How to give and receive constructive feedback.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Participate constructively in a workshop setting
- Read and write with an increased understanding of the key elements of a poem.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and complete beginners are welcome. A good level of spoken and written English is needed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor-led discussion, pair and small-group discussion, participating in writing exercises in-class, workshop readings, tutor feedback and class discussion. There will be an optional homework exercise set each week.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil with you to class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit has a range of poetry and creative writing courses on offer. After completing 'Ways into poetry', you may be interested in our intermediate and advanced classes, including 'Developing your poetry', 'New narrative poetry', 'Poetry in the making' and our 'Advanced poetry workshop'.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This course provides a welcoming and supportive environment to explore and experiment with poetry. Highly recommended for anybody looking to start engaging in more reading and writing of poetry.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/04/2020)
Do not be put off by the course title ‘Introductory’ - this is challenging in all the right ways with plenty of opportunities to write and to hear others’ work which is really useful
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2020)
This was a great course for introducing the poetic form. Lots of practical ideas and fantastic workshopping sessions to help improve poems. I can't recommend highly enough.
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Review by AJ / (Posted on 14/10/2019)
An enjoyable and informative introduction to Poetry.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
I've been a thoroughly blocked and anxious poet for decades, our Ways into Poetry tutor almost immediately got me creating and during the three weeks of the course I've written more poetry than in the previous 25 years. Thoroughly liberating. A real joy.
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Review by Steve Bowbrick / (Posted on 15/10/2018)
Join and be inspired .....you’ll learn about poetic devices and form, from sonnets to free verse and more. Good feedback too from lovely teacher and other students.
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Review by MA / (Posted on 15/10/2018)
[The following review is for 'Ways into poetry'.]

Brilliant course. I liked learning about all the different styles and forms of poetry. The whole thing was well-structured and well-organised. It gave me confidence to continue writing on my own and opened up the world of poetry. Would recommend!
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Review by Mike / (Posted on 14/02/2018)
[The following review is for 'Ways into poetry'.]

This is a really friendly and supportive class, led by a great tutor. We received shrewd and very useful feedback on our work, always delivered in a sensitive manner. It was also really fun sharing poetry and hearing other students' poems. There was a great group dynamic on this course.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 14/02/2018)
[The following review is for 'Ways into poetry'.]

The teaching and fellow students are inspiring. The course material is excellent and the suggested exercises have been helpful. I have learned a lot and feel my writing has improved as a result of the course.
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Review by Lynn / (Posted on 14/02/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Billie Manning

Billie Manning is a writer, performer and experienced workshop facilitator from Hackney. By day, she is the editorial assistant for London Calling, and by night, she sleeps. She has been a part of Spread the Word's POW! Programme, and has performed at various events across London including SLAMinutes at the Arcola Theatre.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HW314

Please choose a course date 

Mon-Wed, eve, 12 Jul - 14 Jul '21

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £40.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2717

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