First Encounters

First Encounters

Take your first steps into the world of poetry!

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 3 October. This is the first term 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 administration@poetryschool.com 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.

‘The Poetry School has transformed me from feeling like someone skirting the suburbs of poetry to being someone living right in its vibrant metropolis.’

– Spring 2019 survey response

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