First Encounters (Autumn 2021)

First Encounters (Autumn 2021)

Take your first steps into the world of poetry!

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

Always wanted to write poetry, but not sure where to start? Then this is the course for you! Explore the world of poetry with inspiring readings of contemporary writers and seminal poets from the past, before developing your own work with in-class exercises designed to ignite your creativity. There will be some gentle sharing and discussion of your writing, led by published poet and experienced tutor, Meryl Pugh, to help you find your poetic voice, improve your skills and bring exciting new poems into the world.

10 weekly sessions on Thursdays, 6.45-8.45pm, starts 7 October 2021. This is the first of a three-term course.

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here.

If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]

About Meryl Pugh View Profile

Meryl Pugh is the author of Natural Phenomena (2018, Penned in the Margins) and two pamphlets, The Bridle (2011, Salt) and Relinquish (2007, Arrowhead Press). She has a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from UEA and teaches for Morley College as well as the Poetry School. Her home for the last twenty years has been Leytonstone, East London.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. I did not expect to find myself wanting to continue signing up to terms 2 and 3, yet because of how fascinating and warming the course has been, I can’t help but return each term. Meryl leads an excellent class, making efforts to include all participants in a really seamless way. It has been so valuable to meet fellow poets from all around the world and I have built my confidence as a writer more and more because of this community.'

- Spring 2021 survey response

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