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Announcing our Summer 2016 Courses!

Short Courses

Making Birds: New Poetic Forms with R.A. Villanueva – experiment, invent new forms, and encounter innovative poetry.

Shape Up and Send with Rishi Dastidar – Get your poems fighting fit and send them out into the world.

The Poet’s Book with Anna Robinson and Lavinia Singer – produce a handmade book containing your poem and its unique journey, then exhibit it!

A Conversation with the Past 2: From Sapho to Basho with Tim Dooley – construct your own independent poetic voice while maintaining a dialogue with poetic traditions.

Confessional Writing Re-visited with Julian Stannard – draw on personal experiences to create candid true-to-life poems.

Short Workshops

The Bloodjet: Violence in Poetry with Katrina Naomi – harness violence in your writing, and learn from the masters: from Ovid to Sharon Olds.

Tongues in Trees, Books in the Running Brooks with A.B. Jackson – mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by creating found poems from his words.

Bees Do Not Behave Like This with Jo Bell – use Stoic philosophy to generate surprising new work. No knowledge of Seneca – or bees – required.

Poetry and Visual Art with Tamar Yoseloff – take inspiration from contemporary art on the gallery day, then put it in words in a workshop.

Beauty and the Beast with Karen Whiteson – see how this classic tale has transformed over the centuries, and add to the mythology yourself.

Lyric Prose: Following the Inquiring Line with Betsy Warland – a prose course for poets! Straddle the line between the two and develop a lyrical prose style.

The Poetry School Camarade – two full days of collaborative poetry, followed by a performance. Book with a partner, or come along solo.

Online Courses

New Myths and Legends: Building a World Through Poetry with Emma Hammond – create your own poetic ‘storyworld’ and use poetry to gradually reveal its details.

Advanced Prose Poetry with Carrie Etter – raise your prose poetry game through a close look at technique and rhythm.

Human / Nature with Karen McCarthy Woolf – how do we write our surroundings now, when the human impact on nature is at its most acute?

Against English: Dialects, Coinings and New Vocabularies with Harry Giles – write against English, take it apart, and explode language altogether.

Radio, Radio: Making Poetry Sound with Ira Lightman – make radio-ready poems, and convey images that are dramatic to the ear.

Readers of Faces: Poetry as Portraiture with Sarah Hesketh – how do you capture a person in poetry?

Trust the Image with Catherine Smith – avoid the safe and predictable in favour of the daring image, the audacious metaphor.

Online International Courses

The Poetry of Parenthood with Clare Pollard – writing about children doesn’t have to be boring and saccharine. Use parenthood as a rich source of inspiration.

How a Poem Begins with Kathleen Ossip – Doesn’t inspiration feel good? But we can’t guarantee it –  so cultivate practices to kickstart your poems.

Irony and Edge with Dai George – bring some contemporary edge to work that feels too safe to grab an editor’s attention.

Online Reading Group

Beyond Romanticism: Green Lanes and Byways with Dan Eltringham – look beyond Keats and Shelley to discover the neglected greats of the 18th Century.

Online Feedback Courses

Fortnightly Feedback with Kathryn Maris – detailed feedback on your work-in-progress poems from your tutor and fellow students.


‘What Work Is’ with Kim Moore – How has our concept of work changed, and how have contemporary poets tackled it?

‘Saturday Sessions’ with Peter and Ann Sansom – monthly, day-long sessions of writing tasks and sensitive feedback.


‘Poem on a Postcard’ with Jennie Osborne – learn how to write poems that would fit on a postcard, and make every word count.


‘Poetry Studio’ with Fiona Hamilton – a five session course to experiment with forms, styles and genres.

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