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Summer 2022 – Quick Course Guide

Our Summer 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.

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

A Slice of Butterworth-Toast: Writing Poems for Children
Write new poems for children, inspired by Charles Causley. 

The Zen of Ecopoetics
Explore how Zen Buddhism inspired modernist American Ecopoetics.

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

Cinema of Dreams: Fellini & Poetry
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 poetry.

Language as Material: Scrapbooking & Poem Generation
Language is often remade and re-envisioned through poetry, join us to expand your practice and explore different techniques in this area.

Extrasensory Perceptions: Fortean Poetry
Channel poems from phenomena just beyond our understanding

Accidental Love Poems
Learn to take your writing in unexpected directions and how to find the intimate in surprising places.

Poets Plunder the Archive
Explore archival writing processes to see what poetry can be developed from a life’s detritus

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

‘That change in the texture of my attention’: Transreading Kathleen Jamie
Let’s bring to the surface ‘the mutability of earthly existence’.

BECOMING: Transreading Interspecies Empathy & Innovative Poetics
Get inspired by nonhuman ways of being to create innovative, more-than human poetic work. 

‘Sand not Oil’: Transreading Modern Poetry in German
Explore the dynamic world of modern and contemporary poetry in German as inspiration for new poems, translations and projects of your own.

Transreading Ethiopia
Explore how the study of a proud and independent poetic tradition can liberate our own approach to poetry!

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

At Home in Hauntology: Poetry Through Derrida
Discover what ghostliness and absence can become in your writing, as we trace the spectral in landscape and nature, time, and our relationships with those living and dead. 

Insects & Poetic Inspiration Masterclass
Join us for this mini beast masterclass, where we’ll explore what benefits insects can bring to your poems’ ecosystems.

Poet / Tree: Masterclass
Investigate the poetic potential of trees in myths, legends, and scientific sources. 

Eww, Gross: Harnessing & Understanding the Power of Disgust 
Harness the power of gross and learn to dig beneath the stomach-churning to create unforgettable poems of human experience. 

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

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

Short, intensive courses focusing on writing and inspiration.

Birdie Hop Studio
Get some avian inspiration and soar through poetry’s many fascinations with birds.

Choosing Brave: Feminism & the Written Word Studio+
Respect our existence or expect resistance. 

Creative Response Studio: Finding Our Why
Discover your sensuous side and write poems exploring the radiant materiality of curious objects. 

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

Video & In-Person

Our flagship weekly workshop groups where you’ll find thoughtful critique and a welcoming poetry community.
Booking for new students in our three-term courses will open on 21st February, as continuing students have a priority booking period.

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

The Poet’s Toolkit with Shazea Quraishi (Zoom)
Hone your craft, explore poetry’s inner workings, and look at techniques to help your poems achieve lift-off.  

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. 

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

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

Intermediate Poetry Workshop with Tim Dooley (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.

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

Sources of Poetic Language: Imagination, Wonder, & the Everyday with Carmen Bugan (Zoom)
Join us to explore language from all areas of human life as sources for innovative poetry.

A Generation of African Artists, 1960–2020: A Poetic Survey with Rachel Long (Zoom)
Explore a continent, a generation, and a rich range of artworks as inspiration for your own poems, under the expert guidance of Rachel Long. 

Ancestral Offerings: Myths in Mundane Life (Zoom)
Use personal objects, everyday items, and your own family legends to rewrite myths in your poetry. 

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

Poetry Surgery with Nick Makoha (In-Person)
In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Nick Makoha. 

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

Dreaming Awake on the Page: A Surreal Narrative Workshop with Vik Shirley (Zoom)
Dive headfirst into Surrealism and learn to push your writing into strange new places. 

Of Mutability: Ekphrasis & the Body with Claire Collison (In-person)
Explore a range of creative approaches to ekphrasis, with a focus on inclusive representation.

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