Advanced Poetry Workshop with Jack Underwood (Summer 2018)

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Jack Underwood (Summer 2018)

Develop your work-in-progress through discussion and feedback in an advanced workshop

Please note: Entry to this course is by application only. If you would like to join please send a submission of three poems to If you book online before applying we cannot guarantee that you will be granted entry to the course.

This course is for more advanced writers of poetry. Each week, we will read and discuss your poems in progress, developing familiarity with each others’ work and offering detailed feedback with the aim of moving your writing forward. There is a clear focus on editing and re-drafting alongside a discussion of themes and ideas, forms, and technical aspects. Occasionally, we will also read published poems for stimulus and consideration.

10 weekly sessions on Mondays 2 – 4pm, starts on Monday 14 May. This is the third term of a three-term course.

All classes will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU.  The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

About Jack Underwood View Profile

Dr Jack Underwood is a poet and critic. A winner of the Eric Gregory Award in 2007, his debut pamphlet was published by Faber as part of the first Faber New Poets series in 2009. He has taught courses for the Arvon FoundationIdeas TapThe Poetry School and the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network. Jack was awarded a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship in 2009 and wrote the libretto for the opera The Commission,(comp. Elspeth Brooke) which was performed at The Royal Opera HouseAldeburgh Music and Opera North in 2014. He was co-founder of the leading anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and has published work widely in UK magazines, and internationally, having been translated into seven languages. As a critic he has been a regular reviewer for both Poetry Review, and Poetry London, and has also published essays with Five Dials (Hamish Hamilton) and Prac Crit. He has been commissioned to produce new work for Tate magazine, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry and Sprüth Magers gallery among others. His debut collection Happiness was published by Faber in 2015 and won the 2016 Somerset Maugham prize.

'By attending courses at the Poetry School for several years, I’ve been introduced me to a supportive network of poets who have informed my writing and given me more confidence.'

Spring 2017 Survey Response

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