Training the Poem

Training the Poem

For intermediate poets looking to develop their writing through experimentation, play and close-readings.

Terrance Hayes said ‘… a stork brings the poems. They are little creatures I have to train and send out into the world.’ If you already know the basics, have a few fledgling poems and are looking for ways to take your work to another level, this course is for you. This is a three-term course but you can start at the beginning of any term. You will be encouraged to experiment and play and at the same time expand the knowledge of your craft through close readings of published poets and the work of other students.

10 weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starts 10th May. (No session on 24th May, last session on 19th July.)

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

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Jacqueline Saphra’s poetry has been widely published and her plays performed on stage and television. She is a screenwriting graduate of the National Film School. She was on the editorial board of Magma Poetry magazine, has been Poet in Residence for Transport for London and for Good Housekeeping Magazine. She is a founder of The Shuffle, a regular poetry reading event at The Poetry Café in Covent Garden, and of Somewhere in Particular, a site-specific poetry events organisation.

Her first pamphlet, Rock’n’Roll Mamma was published by Flarestack in 2007 and her first full collection, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye 2007) was developed with funding from Arts Council England and nominated for The Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. A book of illustrated prose poems, If I Lay on my Back I saw Nothing but Naked Women, was published by The Emma Press in November 2014 and won the Saboteur award for Best Collaborative Work 2015.

Her next collection, All My Mad Mothers, is due from Nine Arches Press in Spring 2017.


I have been so lucky to find the Poetry School, from the first time I stepped into the on line community and the wonderful face to face classes – I have grown as a poet. The Poetry School – has made learning accessible, enjoyable, social, challenging and fruitful.

– Jessica Mookherjee, author of The Swell (Tell-Tale Press)

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