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Autumn 2020 – Quick Course Guide

The leaves are green and the sun is still shining, but we’re already looking forward to the Autumn Term here at the Poetry School! 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 flagship weekly workshop groups where you’ll find thoughtful critique and a welcoming poetry community.

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

What Now? with Wayne Holloway-Smith (Zoom)
Take the next steps in your poetry career and explore contemporary poetry’s cutting-edge.

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Shazea Quraishi (Zoom)
Develop your writing in one of our flagship advanced workshops with Shazea Quraishi.

Read & Respond with Tamar Yoseloff (Zoom)
Join MA tutor Tamar Yoseloff for a close examination of many styles and approaches to hone your skills and bring your poetry to new and exciting places!

Intermediate Poetry Workshop with Tim Dooley (Zoom)
Tim Dooley’s weekly workshop 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.

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

First Encounters with Meryl Pugh (Zoom)
Take your first steps into the world of poetry with our ever-popular beginners’ course!

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

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

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

Where Words Meet Music with Ben See & Guest Tutors (Zoom)
Put a spring in your step with this 6-week course exploring the relationship between words and music.

‘The Ladder is Always There’: What makes a Feminist Poem with Jacqueline Saphra (Zoom)
Spend time reading and discussing a huge range of feminist poetry. Expect to be surprised, infuriated, and inspired.

Voices of the Sea with Jennie Osborne (Zoom)
Join us on a voyage into the blue as we dive to the Marianas Trench, spot white whales, and attempt to clean up the Pacific trash vortex.

Transformative Poetry with Liz Berry
Transform yourself and the world around you through the power of poetry.

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

Writing Love in a Second Language with Meena Kandasamy (Zoom)
Explore the effects of living, and writing, between multiple languages.

Writing Dystopia / Building a Dystopian World with Jennifer Wong (Zoom)
Can poetry lead us out of dystopia and help to present the truth about our current times?

‘The Gaps Between the Stories’: White Space, Redaction, & Erasure with Tamar Yoseloff (Zoom)
Explore visual techniques and play with omissions, erasure, and negative space to expand your poetic practice.

Ghazal Masterclass with Mona Arshi (Zoom)
Join Mona Arshi for a detailed exploration of one of the world’s most ancient poetic forms.

Poetry Surgery with Astrid Alben (Zoom)
In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Astrid Alben.

‘GRRR, ARGGH’: Poems Inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Chrissy Williams
A day of writing new poems – the ultimate Buffy fandom / poetry / Halloween crossover event.

X-Lit: Ways into Memoir with Hannah Lowe
An intensive weekend exploring life writing with acclaimed poet and memoirist Hannah Lowe.

Window, Mirror, Knife, Disaster, & Reinvention: Poetry of Glass with Judy Brown
Wipe off your monocle, have your glass armonica tuned, and smash the glass ceiling with Judy Brown.

Voicing Public Emotion: Poetry & Politics with Carmen Bugan
Move between the public and private in this day of political poetic writing.

Stealing, Copying, & Arguing with Ali Lewis
Get light-fingered and argumentative with other poets to take your own writing to new places.

Euphony: Poetic Sound & the Subconscious with Martha Sprackland
Listen to your poems’ concerto of sounds as a way to explore their subconscious drives.

Poetry Surgery with Richard Scott
In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Richard Scott.


Our classic ten-week online courses with live chats.

Speaking as a Multitude: Long Poems & Sequences with
Phoebe Power

Break out of compact discrete lyric poetry and explode into the fragments and multiplicities of long poems and sequences.

Retropoetics: Four Billion Years of Inspiration with Rebecca Watts
Adventure away from personal experience and delve into the treasure chest of history.

Poetry & Eclogue: Ritual Ecopoetics with Rhys Trimble
Journey from bucolics to contemporary writing to explore experimental ecopoetry’s radical possibilities.

The Perpetual Latin of Love with Daisy Lafarge
Find inspiration in the language of science and organisational systems to create innovative new poetry.


Online courses without live chats, suitable for students in all time zones.

Hell & Back: Writing Addiction & Recovery with Keith Hutson
Explore how we can write compellingly about addiction with Laureate’s Choice poet, Keith Hutson.

Cinema of Dreams: Fellini & Poetry with Stav Poleg
Walk the streets of Cinecittà and find inspiration in the cinema of Fellini as we experiment with dreams and memories, alongside fictional and theatrical scenes in our own poetry.

The Pleasure Principle: Poetry & The Wild Culture of ‘Want’ with Elena Karina Byrne
Dive deep into your desires and drives to explore the language of ‘want’ in your poetry.

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

American Poetry of the ‘San Francisco Renaissance’ with Wanda O’Connor
Travel to mid-century California to take influence and inspiration from the ‘San Francisco Renaissance’.

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

‘The most intimate act of reading’: Translating Poetry & the Politics of the Personal with Sophie Collins
Develop your poetry translation practice with exciting poet and translator Sophie Collins.

Multilingual Poetry from Shakespeare Outwards with David Caddy
Explore the transgressive practices of Multilingual Poetry, taking inspiration from Shakespeare to contemporary writers, to resist monoculturalism!

To be Here & There Simultaneously: Poems for/from Our Migratory Selves with Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese
Remain foreign to yourself and explore the liminal space between locution and location in your writing.

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

Poetic Artifice: Writing With and Against Veronica Forrest-Thomson with Will Harris
Over this twelve-week Masterclass we’ll argue with, against, and through Veronica Forrest-Thomson’s seminal Poetic Artifice (1978).

Smears & Caresses: The Poetry of Abstract Art with Peter Hughes
Create poems inspired by the most exciting art of the past century.

Evicting the Body from its Home: The Work of Paul Celan with Sarah Byrne
Take inspiration from Paul Celan to explore the complex topics of home,refuge, and eviction in your poetry.

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

Fortnightly Feedback with Rachael Allen
Knock those loose poems into shape with some concentrated feedback.

Short, intensive courses focusing on writing and inspiration.

Time Travel Studio with Jennifer Wong
Experiment with poetry’s power to reshuffle, reorient, and return to different temporal moments.

Arrange, Layer, Combine: Poetry & Collage Studio with Zakia Carpenter-Hall
Get tactile and explore poetry as a kind of architecture.

Language Diaries Studio+ with Nina Mingya Powles
Traverse the shifting path to fluency and explore language’s connection to selfhood before creating your own mini zine.

Poetry as Revelation with Sascha Akhtar
Revise and reclaim the revelationary language of priestesses, goddesses,and divinities.

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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