Writing Emotion: Contemporary Confessional Poetry

Writing Emotion: Contemporary Confessional Poetry

Explore the beautiful, ugly, messy, and raw world of emotion as inspiration for important new poems.

How do we write personal emotion and experience in poetry so that it resonates for the reader? How do we explore our own lives, pasts, relationships, joys, and even our traumas, whilst still protecting ourselves? How can bodily knowledge, feeling, and experience be expressed in original and striking new ways?  

Drawing on work by poets including Sylvia Plath, Sophie Robinson, Rachel Long, Sharon Olds, Nuar Alsadir, Jack Underwood and Dorothea Lasky; we’ll explore the beautiful, ugly, messy, and raw world of emotion – and find ways to craft powerful and innovative, poems that speak that complicated life into being. 


Masterclasses are an expanded version of our International Courses, with a much deeper consideration of technical craft and critical theory. These 12-week courses (maximum 10 places) are for advanced students only, and fluency with poetic language and ideas will be assumed. There are no live chats and they are suitable for UK and International students.  

To apply for a concessionary 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] For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Rebecca Tamás View Profile

Rebecca Tamás is the author of the poetry collection WITCH (Penned in the Margins, 2019), which was a Poetry Society Choice, and the essay collection Strangers: Essays on the Human and Nonhuman (Makina Books, 2020), which was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2021. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University, where she co-convenes the York Centre for Writing Poetry Series. 

‘The Poetry School has profoundly changed my life, I have learned so much. I feel I am developing as a poet thanks to your brilliant courses. I have the feeling that the more courses I do the more excited I get about writing and the deeper my appreciation of poetry. Thank you!'

– Spring 2021 survey

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