First Encounters (Spring 2020)

First Encounters (Spring 2020)

Take your first steps into the world of poetry!

* Students from Term 1 will be given priority booking for this course. General booking for any remaining places will open on 25 November *

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 23 January. This is the second of a three-term course.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

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

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.

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 had such a fantastic experience on First Encounters. Meryl created a course and classroom that was inspiring, supportive and engaging. Every lesson I came away with something else to think about and work on. I love poetry more than ever because of this course.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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