Poetry

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. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Ways into poetry

    Ways into poetry

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing poetry? This inspiring 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  3. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018 (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

  5. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  6. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun day workshop is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for a day of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Poetry and the moving image

    Poetry and the moving image

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing haiku poetry

    Writing haiku poetry

    Course Date: Fri 10 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead

    Poetry masterclass at Keats House, Hampstead

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: Keats House
    Paul McMahon, winner of the 2015 Shelley-Keats Prize, facilitates a poetry workshop drawing on a variety of techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House, Hampstead.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Developing your poetry

    Developing your poetry

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. New narrative poetry

    New narrative poetry

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This inventive course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create new kinds of poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For experienced poets.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Advanced poetry workshop

    Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  13. Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Ways into poetry: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to writing 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Poetry through the seasons: autumn/winter

    Course Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018
    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

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    Erotic poetry

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The erotic is a glass prism, refracting a spectrum of ideas, experiences and desires for each individual. This day workshop guides students in developing poems that sensitively capture and deconstruct elements of the erotic that grip and stimulate the reader.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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