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Affordability: Concessions, discounts, payment plans, bursaries and free resources.

Can’t afford the full price of one of our courses? Don’t despair – there are options available.


If you’re under 25, a full-time student, or receive Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Pension Credit, income-related ESA or if your sole source of income is the state retirement pension, you’re eligible for 20% off our standard course fee.

If you are aged 60+, you’re eligible for a 5% discount.

Give us a call in the office (020 7582 1679) to pay at one of our concessionary rates.

Please note that you may be required to provide proof of eligibility for our concessionary rates. Discounts do not apply on seminars, tutorials or travelling workshops.


We always offer 15% off our course fees for all new students, so if you’ve not done a course with us before, give us a call. If you have, tell a friend!

This discount is in addition to any concessions you may be entitled to, so – for example – if you’re under 25 and this is your first course with us, you’d pay £116.45 for a 10-week course instead of £171.

From time to time, we also offer one-off and last-minute deals to our newsletter subscribers. Sign up here.

Instalments and Payment Plans

We recognise that paying the full cost of a course upfront can be off-putting for some, so we’re happy to spread the cost of our courses over 3 months. Just give us a call on 020 7582 1679 to arrange a payment plan.

That 10-week course for a new student under 25 I mentioned above? That would be £39 a month over three months.


If you can’t afford the full cost of taking part in Poetry School activities, you can apply for a bursary to cover up to 75% of activity costs.

The maximum you can apply for is £300 in any given year, though in exceptional circumstances we may be able to offer more. Priority is given to people who have not received financial support from us before..

For more information on our bursary scheme, click here.

Free Resources

Free Downloads – all 24 of our short downloads, which used to cost £3-5 each, are now free. There are short resources from writers such as Liz Berry, Emily Berry, Clare Pollard, Hannah Lowe and Inua Ellams on topics as varied as line breaks, submitting to poetry competitions and magazines, writers’ block, letter poems, and memorising work for performance.

Open Workshops – we frequently run free online workshops, which are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Previous workshops have included ‘Film Poems’ with Eleni Cay, ‘Reduce / Reuse / Recycle’ with Adam Crothers, and ‘The Poetry of Pain’ with Daniel Sluman. Keep an eye out for announcements, and sign up to Campus to be eligible. Free workshops will be back in 2017.

Campus – our free, one-of-a-kind social network for poets. Discuss your favourite poems, upload your own for feedback, chat, make friends, promote your reading or book launch, and hear about what’s going on in the world of poetry.

The Line Break – The Poetry School’s very own poetry podcast, presented by Ryan Van Winkle and hosted in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library. Interviews, archive recordings, and Ryan’s writing tips! The Line Break will return in 2017 – listen to the archive here.

The Blog – with an archive of over 100 interviews with poets, the Poetry School blog is one of the best places on the internet to help you get inside your favourite poet’s head, and find out what makes them tick. Also features reviews, blog posts, news, announcements and more.


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