The UK's largest provider of poetry education

Since 1997, our courses and activities have encouraged poets and poetry to flourish, and we count many successful publishing and performing writers amongst our past and current students.

High Quality Courses for All

Our courses and workshops are for everyone with a love of poetry, no matter what your level. Students, tutors and staff have a wide variety of poetic skills and interests, but all of us share a desire to improve our skills, expand our horizons and develop an audience for our work within a community of poets.

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A social network, a lively blog and the home of our online courses. Sign up to CAMPUS now to join in with lively and friendly poetry-focussed conversations.

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FREE DOWNLOAD POETRY LESSON

Our short download lessons contain dozens of themed reading and writing exercises for you to work on by yourselves. Try a free download lesson first …

ART OF THE NOTEBOOK

BY JOHN SIDDIQUE

John suggests the best ways to keep track of your drafts, ideas, observations and notes towards poems - never lose track of an idea again.

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SUMMER TERM 2015 NOW BOOKING!

Our Summer term begins on 4 May 2015. Browse by location or course type above, or download our printer-friendly programme here.

 

Pick from Simon Barraclough’s course inspired by the periodic table, a whole week of Summer School workshops, an exciting garden residency project and dozens more courses and workshops. Meanwhile, our online programme continues to expand. We’ve got courses on night writing, the pleasures of prose poetry and a reading course based on Sylvia Plath’s Ariel.

 

 

 

Bursaries available

If you cannot afford the full cost of taking part in Poetry School activities, you can apply for a bursary to cover up to 75% of these costs! Bursaries are awarded in advance of each term and the maximum you can apply for is £300 in any given year, though in exceptional circumstances we may be able to offer more. To apply for a bursary, you will need to complete a brief form online.

Support the Poetry School

The Poetry School is a registered charity working to develop a dynamic and diverse contemporary poetry for the benefit of readers and audiences everywhere. We rely on the support of our funders and individual donors to deliver our many services, courses and projects for free or for heavily subsidised prices. Small donations from individuals contributed nearly £3,000 to our bursary scheme last year, and larger sums from charitable foundations enabled us to subsidise our concessionary rate prices. Find out about how you can support our vital work for poetry's future.


Announcing our MA in Writing Poetry

We are delighted to announce a ground-breaking collaboration between Newcastle University and the Poetry School: a new Masters degree in Writing Poetry*.


Starting September 2015, the two year part time course will be based in two centres. You can study at the Poetry School in London, or at Newcastle University itself. London tutors will be Roddy Lumsden and Clare Pollard; Newcastle tutors include Sean O’Brien and W N Herbert. More details of the course content, structure, price and application process here.


*Subject to the full Newcastle University approval process.