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Autumn 2022 – Quick Course Guide

Our Autumn Term is now live and we’ve got a whole host of brilliant tutors and courses lined up, so be sure to book promptly to avoid disappointment. Below is our handy Quick Guide, where you’ll find everything you’ll need to know about our upcoming courses.


Our classic ten-week online courses with Live Chats.

This is Not an Elegy: Writing Grief with Jennifer Wong
Consider the shape and weight of loss as we explore the elegy. 

The Quality of Sprawl: Long Poems & Sequences with Jonathan Edwards
Experiment with sprawling forms, large scale works, and ambitious sequences to create a lasting impact. 

Trust the Image with Catherine Smith
Learn to use daring figurative language and harness the power of surprising imagery. 

Sound Poetry: Vocative Cases with Rhys Trimble
Explore avant-garde Sound Poetry, as we look for patterns and music in language that are not rooted in syntax. 

Online courses without Live Chats, suitable for students in all time zones.

Imposters! Poetry of Personae, Pretence, & Imposter Syndrome with Kate Potts
Find the forms, craft, and confidence to think through pretence, fraudulence, and personae.  

Against the Grain with Kathryn Simmonds
Learn where your resistances are and try working against them. Who knows what will happen?  

Magritte’s Head in the Mirror: Ekphrasis, Art, & Translation with Elena Karina Byrne
Push your ekphrastic practice to the next level under the guidance of expert editor and writer, Elena Karina Byrne. 

The bravest people on earth’: On Displacement with Natasha Hakimi Zapata
Reflect on home, exile, journeys, war and humanity.  

Reading & Writing Robert Frost with Jodie Hollander
Closely examine the work of Robert Frost to take inspiration from one of poetry’s true masters.  

Lyric Essays: Rumination, Speculation, Love with Sophie Seita
Encounter and experiment with the essayistic, as we blend poetry, memoir, and criticism to create radical new forms. 

Transcend cultures, languages, and genres to write poems and translations in response to wide readings.

Into the Dark Forest – Transreading Dante’s Divine Comedy with Stav Poleg
Enter the dark forest to find inspiration in the mesmerising world of Dante’s Divine Comedy. 

Transreading the Pamphlet Form with Guillemot Press with Luke Thompson 
Explore the creative potential of the pamphlet form with expert pamphlet publishers, Guillemot Press. 

Transreading Hitchcock: Lights, Camera, Surprise! with Sue Burge 
Find inspiration in the cinema of Hitchcock as we experiment with suspense, mother figures, and MacGuffins in our poetry. 

Advanced and in-depth courses focusing on craft and theory.

Eryri/Snowdon: Masterclass with Peter Hughes 
Walk through the Snowdonia National Park with us and take inspiration from this exceptional natural location.  

The Individual Language of the Body Masterclass with Khairani Barokka
Explore the potential for poetics to transform bodily experience into new creative work.  

Writing Catastrophe: From the Personal to the Planetary with Richard Georges
Explore the muse of disasters and learn how we can usefully write trauma, tragedy, and catastrophe for a better tomorrow. 

Receive thoughtful critiques of 5 poems from your peers and an esteemed editor.

Fortnightly Feedback with Rebecca Watts
Knock your loose poems into shape with some concentrated feedback from poet and editor, Rebecca Watts. 

Short, intensive courses focusing on writing and inspiration.

The Cut & Paste Studio with Danne Jobin
Explore poetry and collage to expand your practice and open up new avenues for mixed-media writing. 

How Poetry Can Serve Death: Memento Mori & Vanitas Studio with Sascha Akhtar
Like love and sex, death is one of the great mysteries; meditate on the many approaches to the topic and develop exciting new work of your own in this field. 

Poet as Archaeologist Studio with Holly Hopkins
Grab your Indiana Jones hat and trowel – in this course we’ll be generating new poems inspired by the work of archaeologists and the objects they uncover. 

Loneliness Studio+ with Tice Cin
Join us to create community through writing, as we explore that difficult topic of loneliness.

Video & In-Person

Our flagship weekly workshop groups where you’ll find thoughtful critique and a welcoming poetry community.

Creative Constraint with Jacqueline Saphra (Zoom)
Mix up your writing, and learn new skills and techniques with Jacqueline Saphra.

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Anthony Anaxagorou (Zoom)
Develop your writing through discussion and feedback in this advanced workshop with Anthony Anaxagorou. 

What Next? (Advanced) with Wayne Holloway-Smith (Zoom)
Challenge yourself, elevate your writing, and take the next steps in your poetry career. 

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Astrid Alben (In-person)
An exciting new advanced workshop group with the innovative Astrid Alben. 

What Now? (Intermediate) with Wayne Holloway-Smith (Zoom)
Bring your writing to the next level and explore contemporary poetry’s cutting-edge. 

Wednesday Workshop with Tim Dooley (In-Person)
Our long-running weekly workshop with Tim Dooley, for poets looking to develop their individual voice and technique. 

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Mark Waldron (Zoom)
An advanced weekly workshop group with the inimitable Mark Waldron. 

Live Wires: Starting to Write with Becky Varley-Winter (Zoom)
Spark your creativity and take your first steps into the world of poetry!  

Finding the Form; Breaking the Mould with Shazea Quraishi (Zoom)
Hone your craft, explore poetry’s inner workings, and look at techniques to help your poems achieve lift-off.  

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Richard Price (Zoom)
Join this group for rigorous discussion of your writing with acclaimed poet Richard Price. 

Intermediate Poetry Workshop with Tim Dooley (Zoom)
Our weekly workshop for intermediate poets looking to develop their work. 

Saturday Sessions with Ros Barber (In-Person)
Monthly all-day Saturday workshops with Ros Barber. 

Get in depth with these one-term courses over five sessions.

Form Laboratory with Jacqueline Saphra (Zoom)
Join us as we invent and trial brand new poetic forms, all under the expert formal eye of Jacqueline Saphra. 

Foreign Objects: Poetry in Translation with Janani Ambikapathy & Gizem Okulu (Zoom)
Explore innovative and exciting works of translation, as inspiration for innovating your own poetics. 

The Poetry of Pain with Sarah Fletcher (Zoom)
Create your personal pain-language and find healing through poetry.  

Turning to Face the Ultimate: Poetry & the Sacred with Matti Spence (Zoom)
Join us, poet-pilgrims, as we journey through poetry’s gateway into the Sacred. 

Playing Poetry: An Introduction to Game Poetry & Poetry Games with Nick Muray (Hybrid)
A playful exploration of how games and poetry can interact, and how interactivity can bring a new aspect to reading poetic text. 

One to two day intensive classes on inspiring topics and 1-2-1 surgeries with renowned tutors.

Poetry Surgery with Elena Karina Byrne (In-Person)
In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Elena Karina Byrne. 

Poetry & Visual Art: Cornelia Parker with Tamar Yoseloff (In-Person)
Be inspired by Cornelia Parker on the gallery tour, then come together in part 2 to workshop your new poems. 

Gods, Monsters, & Faery Tales: Writing Fantastic Poems with Serge Neptune (Zoom)
Unshackle your inner pantheon, unleash the beasties in your bestiary, and become the demonologist you always knew you wanted to be. 

The Grotesque in Poetry: Disgust Mixed with Laughter with Vik Shirley (Zoom) 
Explore the dark and grotesque as a means to represent the challenging times we find ourselves in. 

X-Lit: Poets & Picture Books with Kathryn Simmonds (In-Person)
Bring your poetic skills to bear on the exciting world of children’s picture books! 

The Return: A Twin Peaks Season 3 Workshop with Chrissy Williams (Zoom)
Drink some damn fine coffee and create new poems in response to the latest season of Twin Peaks. 

If you’d like to read more, please have a look through our ‘Courses’ page. If you need any information on concessions or bursaries, please have a look through our ‘Financial Support’ page or send an email over to [email protected]. Happy Booking!


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