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Poets write poetry. And at the Poetry School we aim to create a place where poets of all levels can come to learn about poetry and put it into practice in their own lives.

So please join us in reading, writing, editing and translating poetry, in year-long courses, short courses, workshops, one-day sessions, seminars, tutorials and every variety of learning in between – in our classrooms, off site and online.

We offer three main types of course: Face-to-face, Online and Downloads. Please click through to find out more about each.

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The Teaching Year

The Poetry School’s teaching year runs over three ‘terms’ – Autumn, Spring and Summer. Each term we offer around 40-50 courses and workshops that cater to a variety of levels, varying in length and subject matter. The course programme changes every term with more new courses, workshops and tutors, but often includes courses that run over three terms and popular repeats.

We offer both ‘classroom’ teaching (UK) and ‘virtual’ teaching (international). You can visit our Face to Face Courses and Online Courses pages for more detailed information about courses, the learning process and what to expect.


Ability Level

Most of our courses and workshops accommodate writers with a wide range of experience, but some are specifically designed for beginners or more practicised poets.

Here are our definitions:

  • Beginner – Learning the ropes: beginning to write poetry.
  • Intermediate – Starting to develop your voice, generate more work and grow confident on the page.
  • Advanced – Able to confidently edit, hone, discuss and critique your poetry.

Our programme is developed around these three teaching levels, although we also offer many courses that are Open to all – courses aimed at all levels, often focusing on a specific theme or inspirational subject matter.

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