Advanced poetry workshop

Course Dates: 15/01/20 - 25/03/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: International House

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.


What is the course about?

On this advanced course, you'll have the opportunity to develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and students' work will be discussed and critiqued in detail. By the end of the course you should ideally be producing poetry of publishable quality.

Students say: "Excellent tuition"; "Knowledgeable tutor, good choices of texts to discuss, and sensitive feedback"; "An opportunity to look at a range of contemporary poems and critique them, and receive helpful and insightful feedback on our work"; "Probably the best poetry course in London.".

What will we cover?

- Redrafting and rethinking your own poetry, broadening your range and maturing your poetic voice
- Aspects of technique which you are grappling with in your work or want to explore further
- Exploring some approaches in contemporary poetry.

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

- Edit and revise your work
- Read your poems aloud, and submit them for publication if you want
- See your own work in the context of contemporary poetry
- Respond to and assess poetry with sensitivity.
You should also have:
- Developed your skills as a poet
- Written some poems of publishable quality.

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

This is a course for more experienced writers of poetry who have been writing poems for a year or more. Build offers introductory 'Ways into poetry' and intermediate 'Paths through poetry' courses for less experienced writers.

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

Tutor led discussion, critical feedback from the class on your own poems, tutor feedback and discussions of theory and structure. There will be no in-class exercises or set work for outside the class; you will be expected to have an established writing practice and be able to bring samples of your poems to the group for critique.

All writing courses at Build 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?

Paper and pen/pencil. You will need to make copies of your work to share with the class; these will be returned to
you as soon as the reading is over.

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

Build offer a range of poetry courses at a range of levels. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect poetry course for you.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build 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.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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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.

If you are a serious writer of poetry --at about the level of thinking about publication, you will find this course very useful, both through the expertise of the teacher and the criticism of the committed writers in the group. Although the course is serious and rigorous, it is also great fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/07/2019)
Do it! To get advice from a genuine expert is a rare thing. At some point in the future, this course will be seen as on a par with Michael Donaghy's.
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Review by Tim Scott / (Posted on 13/03/2019)
You will not find a tutor with greater experience or a greater ability to deliver incisive feedback. The impact of the teaching on my writing has been immeasurable.
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Review by Tim Scott / (Posted on 30/11/2018)
This course is incredibly useful for experienced poets who want constructive critical feedback on their work. It supports you to become a better editor of your own poetry, and you also benefit from critiquing the work of your peers.
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Review by Attica / (Posted on 10/12/2017)
Tutor Biographies
John Stammers

John Stammers is an award-winning poet and editor. He has taught widely, including at Cambridge University where he was Judith E Wilson Fellow, and is editor of the academic journal British and Irish Contemporary Poetry.

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.

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Course Code: HW053

Please choose a course date 

Wed, eve, 15 Jan - 25 Mar '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £219.00
Senior fee: £219.00
Concession: £88.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2717

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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