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Spring 2024 – Quick Course Guide

Our Spring Term is now live and we’ve got a whole host of brilliant tutors and poetry 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.

Online Courses

Our classic 10-week online poetry courses with Live Chats.

Myth, Magic, & Monsters: Ancient Stories, New Truths with Catherine Smith
Mine the magical in modern and historic poetry; creating your own personal poetic of myth. 

Genius Loci: The Spirit of Place with Cat Woodward
Capture the essential poetics of place; making writing the local natural. 

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

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. 

Imposters! Poetry of Personae, Pretence, & Imposter Syndrome with Kate Potts
Use form and craft to think through pretence, fraudulence, and personae.

Invisible Frames: On & Beyond the Sonnet with Edward Doegar
Find form and freedom in the famous fourteen.

Burning Gaze: Revisiting the Romantics During Global Heating with Glyn Edwards
Romancing the poem for the anthropocene.

Making Poetry Happen: Poetry Performance by Women & Gender Nonconforming Artists with Iris Colomb
Connecting the performative to your poetic innovative contemporary practitioners. 

‘The Weight of the World’: Long Poems & Sequences from around the World with Jonathan Edwards
Long reads – fathoming the deeply written. 

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

Transreading Creative Risk with Penned in the Margins with Tom Chivers
Take inspiration from one of the UK’s most innovative and exciting poetry publishers, Penned in the Margins. 

Trifles & Kisses: Transreading Welsh Poetry with Grug Muse 
Croeso! Welcoming the new Welsh poetic; beyond the classics.

‘The stars of Chile for you (Las estrellas de Chile para ti)’: Transreading 5 Chilean Women Poets with Rebecca Levi 
Discover and be inspired by Chilean greats in both English, y en Español.

Babel Breath: Multilingual Poetry with Rhys Trimble 
Transread the poetry of the possible through lingual plurality.  

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

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

Insects & Poetic Inspiration Masterclass with Jodie Hollander 
Join us for this mini-beast masterclass and explore what benefits insects can bring to your poems’ ecosystems. 

Minor Keys: A Mundanity Masterclass with Richard Georges 
Richness in the routine – extraordinary poetry from the everyday.  

‘cicadas exist; chicory, chromium, citrus trees’: an Environmental Transreading Masterclass with Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese
Enquiries into the ecological – researching poetic responses to academic studies on environmental ruin. 

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

Fortnightly Feedback with Kandace Siobhan Walker 
Knock your loose poems into shape with some concentrated feedback from Forward Prize-nominated poet, Kandace Siobhan Walker.  

Short, intensive poetry courses focusing on writing and inspiration.

The Circle Game Studio+ with Kathryn Simmonds 
Get inside circular forms to see why repeating yourself can be a useful poetic technique. 

Tales from the Wetlands Studio with Penny Boxall 
The splendidly soggy; writing the wondrous of the wild and the wet. 

Fighting the Tyrant: A Political & Personal Studio+ with Leah Umansky 
Move between the personal and political to explore the power of poetry in fighting tyrants. 

Video & In Person Courses

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

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

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

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 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 | Zoom 
Our long-running weekly workshop with Tim Dooley, for poets looking to develop their individual voice and technique. 

Rachel Long’s Advanced Workshop with Special Guests | Zoom 
An exciting new advanced workshop group with the much-loved Rachel Long and the benefit of special guest tutors each term. 

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

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

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. 

Intermediate Poetry Workshop with Natasha Hakimi Zapata | Zoom 
Our weekly workshop for intermediate poets looking to develop their work. 

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 | In Person
Monthly all-day Saturday workshops with Ros Barber. 

*Places on these 3-term courses are reserved for continuing students until 21 November.

Get in depth with these one-term poetry courses.

Poems About Growing Up with Lewis Buxton | Zoom
Writing rites of passage; take inspiration from the teenaged and developmental for new coming-of-age poems. 

A Kaleidoscope of Forms: Innovative Poetry in the 21st Century with Michał Piotrowski | Zoom
Formally fruity; throw out your preconceptions and embrace the experimental. 

The Movement of the City, the Movement of the Mind: Writing Prose Poetry with Natalie Whittaker | Zoom
Playing with Prose; peer into, and produce your own, prose poetic. 

Intensive classes on inspiring topics and 1-2-1 surgeries with renowned tutors.

Poetry Surgery with Rebecca Watts | Zoom
In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with poet and tutor Rebecca Watts.

‘I can’t go on, I’ll go on’: Irony, Meaninglessness, & the Poetry of the Absurd with Vik Shirley | Zoom
It’s a fish, smoking a cigar, next to a glass of wine. 

Writing Trauma in Poems with Eve Grubin | Zoom
Heavy lifting; poetry working with pain and purpose. 

Poetry & Music: Kissing Kin with Fiona Sampson | In Person
A day for poets to explore music and musicality, and what it can mean within your own writing. 

Poetry Souvenirs with Isabella Mead | In Person
Keepsakes from over there; capturing the foreign without the fake.  

If you’d like to read more, please visit 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 to [email protected]. Happy booking!

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