Poetry Courses in London

Experiment with poetic form and technique, develop your craft, and fine-tune your poems in our range of courses and workshops. We have 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. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  3. Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    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. Includes an invitation to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The current deadline for applications is Friday 30th of August 2019.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  4. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Relatively new to writing poetry? This inspiring course offers an opportunity to experiment with language and a variety of poetic devices alongside fellow emerging poets. Discover the key elements of a poem in a friendly and interactive class.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. The poetry lab

    The poetry lab

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking for new, inventive avenues to explore in your poetry? This intensive short-course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create fresh, innovative poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For poets with some experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: 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.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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'.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  8. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  9. Writing haiku from the past

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun day workshop includes a trip to the British Museum where you will search for inspiration for your poems. Travel back to a different era and write haiku poetry inspired by lost empires, forgotten dynasties and unnamed heroes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The burn of autumn leaves, pumpkin lattes and the icy solitude of December. Whatever the darker months mean to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture nature's journey to the shortest day of the year.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Submitting your poetry to magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  12. Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. Writing black out poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Performance poetry

    Performance poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Dec 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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