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Spring 2021 – Quick Course Guide

As you wrap yourself in your warmest scarf and woolliest sweater, you can look forward to our Spring 2021 Term here at the Poetry School! Our Spring 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 Course Guide, where you’ll find everything you’ll need to know about our upcoming courses.


Our classic ten-week online courses with live chats.

Surviving the Future: Poetry for Pre-Apocalyptic Times with Suzannah Evans
When the apocalypse draws near, can poetry point to a brighter future?

Myth, Body, Belief with Zakia Carpenter-Hall
Start to depict your own multitudes and forge pathways of poetic connection.

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

Taboo: Saying the Unsaid with Christina Thatcher
Confront forbidden topics through a literary lens.

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

Letting Your Avant-Garde Down with Caleb Parkin
An invitation to innovate, explore, and take risks with your writing.

‘Concept Books’ & Cumulative Writing with Shazea Quraishi
Explore writing around a unifying idea to create a multi-faceted, cumulative ‘concept book’.

Persian Poetry Through the Ages: From Rumi & Hafez to Forough Farrokhzad & Kaveh Akbar with Natasha Hakami Zapata
Take inspiration from a poetic tradition filled with imaginative verse and spanning more than two centuries.

The Doors of Perception: Pop Culture & Poetry with Leah Umansky
Explore new approaches in your writing through the lens of pop culture!

Different Voices: Poetry as Dialogue & Assembly with Kate Potts
Discover the possibilities of multi-vocal poetry on the page.

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

Transreading Endangered Languages with Clare Pollard
Explore writing in endangered languages, consider the politics of translation, and push your own poetry in completely new directions.

Poetry Between Body, Self & World: Transreading Nan Shepherd with Samantha Walton
Take inspiration from Nan Shepherd to explore how language can live between the body, self, and natural world.

Between Translation & Creation: Transreading Chinese Art & Films with Jennifer Wong
Flex your Transreading skills and write new poetry inspired by Chinese art & films.

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

‘Dialogues in Dwelling’ with Agnieszka Studzinska
Navigate critical thinking around notions place, space, and dwelling, as a springboard for writing innovative new poetry.

Reverberations: The Poetry of Music with Peter Hughes
Explore rhythm, form, and harmony in the wordless-patterns of music as inspiration for new poems.

Writing (& Writing Through) the Animal Other in the Age of the Anthropocene with Fran Lock
Consider how we might write about our ‘animals others’ in an age of mass extinction.

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

Fortnightly Feedback (Prose Poems Edition) with Carrie Etter
Knock your loose prose poems into shape with some concentrated feedback from expert in the field, Carrie Etter.

Short, intensive courses focusing on writing and inspiration.

The Art of Desire Studio, or “I want I want I want!” with Rachel Long
‘I want it all. I want it all. And I want it now’. Delve into desire with Rachel Long.

Body & Illness: The Language of Empathy Studio with Romalyn Ante
Consider poetic, and empathetic, responses to human fragility, illness, and mortality.

Archives Studio with Khairani Barokka
Rummage through the archives with Khairani Barokka to inspire new historically-minded poems.

Super Sestina Studio with James Davies
Learn the skills, tricks, and turns needed to truly master the sestina!

Poetry Beyond Semantics: Broken & Unbroken Code – Studio+ with Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset
Explore the intimacy of poetry on the boundaries of the readerly and discover new possibilities for what poems can be.


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

Joyful Noise: Poetry & Happiness with Katrina Naomi (Zoom)
2020’s been rough; so, let’s look to the bright side and explore happy poems with Katrina Naomi!

“There are still secrets to exhume”: Contemporary Gothic Poetry with Nisha Bhakoo (Zoom)
Unearth the uncanny, as we exhume the secrets of contemporary Gothic writing.

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

Whale Song, Bloop, Bubble: Deep Sea Listening as Poetic Practice with Nisha Ramayya (Zoom)
Bring your ears to the water and take inspiration from the natural, and manmade, sounds of the deep.

Dadaism: Monsters, Machines, & Madness with Eleanor Penny (Zoom)
Trace the long cultural trail of Dada before turning its tools onto contemporary problems.

“Happy Those Early Days!’: Writing the Child Self with Hannah Lowe (Zoom)
Move beyond simple nostalgia to explore childhood, and writing the ‘child self’, on its own terms.

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

A House of Many Rooms: The Sonnet Sequence with Jacqueline Saphra (Zoom)
Find your ‘big idea’ and get to work on a propulsive new sonnet sequence with an expert in the field.

Poetry & Syntax: An Emergency Toothpick in an Imaginary Landscape with Astrid Alben (Zoom)
Learn to outwit, cajole, and break free from syntax to transcend poetic writing and produce true works of art.

Looking at Lichens with Sarah Westcott & Joe Beale
Join us for an inspiring day of reading, writing, and discussion, alongside some practical exploration of lichens!

Dreaming Non Sensing with Ed Luker & Holly Pester (Zoom)
A collaborative dreaming and writing un-workshop.

Monthly workshop groups

Kathryn Simmonds Seminar (Zoom)
Intimate monthly seminars with Kathryn Simmonds.

Phoebe Power Seminar (Zoom)
Intimate monthly seminars with Phoebe Power.

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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