First Encounters (Spring 2021)

First Encounters (Spring 2021)

Take your first steps into the world of poetry!

* To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, 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 14 January. This is the second of a three-term course. Students from term one will be given priority booking for this course. General booking for any remaining places will open on 23 November.

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

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.

‘Meryl is excellent at including everyone. She is able to encourage whilst also challenging group members to think more deeply. This term she made the transition to teaching / leading online successfully and the demands on her in achieving this were considerable. She both led the group members who met synchronously online and, at the same time, catered for students who were following the course asynchronously through the full and stimulating weekly notes.4

– Summer 2020 survey response

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