Click here to browse our spring programme of courses, workshops and seminars on writing and reading poetry. Our face-to-face programme is taught by professional poets at centres throughout England with activities to suit writers of all abilities. Our spring programme features exclusive poets’ access behind the scenes at a museum, a poets’ PhD festival and trip up the Thames in search of inspiration.
Browse the Poetry School’s spring programme of fully interactive online courses. Benefit from live group feedback with professional poetry tutors, on our new online platform CAMPUS, accessible from anywhere in the world!
Complete courses from widely published Poetry School tutors available for you to download and work on by yourself and in your own time. We also offer a range of short downloadable lessons, featuring concentrated and specific advice about a particular area of craft or inspiration.
Open up your poems to individual critical attention with a one-to-one session with a tutor. A face-to-face or email tutorial gives a personalised feedback on a selection of your work.
These courses are coming up soon...
John suggests the best ways to keep track of your drafts, ideas, observations and notes towards poems - never lose track of an idea again.
poets’ access behind the scenes at a museum. A poets’ PhD festival. A
trip up the Thames in search of inspiration. These, and a huge
collection of courses and workshops - both online and face to face -
make up our Spring programme, which is online and ready for browsing
now. Download a printer friendly PDF here, take a couple of days to choose your favourites and then booking will open at 10am on Monday 11 November.
This year's judges for the competition are Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith. The closing date for initial entries of 10 poems (or 10 pages of poetry) is 31 January 2014. Click the link to find out more about the competition and what Simon and Catherine are looking for in a pamphlet. Good luck!
If you cannot afford the full cost of taking part in Poetry School activities, you can apply for a grant to cover up to 75% of these costs! Our grants are limited and will be awarded in advance of each term and the maximum you can apply for is £200 in any given year, though in exceptional circumstances we may be able to offer more. To apply for a grant, you will need to complete a brief form online, here..
This Autumn, Clare Pollard is teaching our new course, 'What Makes a Poem'. The focus of the course is the connection between form and content, with sessions covering centos, elegies, lullabies, tanka and sevenlings, among others. Close attention will also be paid to constructing voices. Each session will include feedback, helping students assemble a body of work over the three terms. We asked Clare about how she's used voice and form in her own work, and what advice she has for prospective students...
Kate White was the winner of our inaugural pamphlet competition with Pighog Press. We had over 400 entries, and after the excitement of winning, we caught up with Kate to talk to her a little bit about how it felt to win. You can read some of her poems from the pamphlet here, and see some pictures from the night we announced our winner here.
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