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Autumn Poetry Read

The eight-week course will explore the craft behind writing poetry. It will focus on reading poems and literary criticism on poetry in an attempt to explore what makes good or bad poetry, whatever that may mean? 

The workshops will explore the poet’s craft and will open up discussions on our own work and the work of others. There will be some writing exercises, although the main focus of this workshop is to engage in dialogues about structure, content, lineation, publication, editing and creative ideas in poetry. How do we know when a poem is finished? How do we know if a poem will speak to a wider audience other than ourselves? What makes a published poem a published poem? Join us for a challenging and thought provoking course which will help you to become a better reader and writer of poetry.

Beginners are welcome.

Introduction to Poetry

Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem 
and hold it up to the light 
like a color slide 

or press an ear against its hive. 

I say drop a mouse into a poem 
and watch him probe his way out, 

or walk inside the poem’s room 
and feel the walls for a light switch. 

I want them to waterski 
across the surface of a poem 
waving at the author’s name on the shore. 

But all they want to do 
is tie the poem to a chair with rope 
and torture a confession out of it. 

They begin beating it with a hose 
to find out what it really means.

Dates and times

This course runs from 10am-12.30pm, for 8 weeks:

  • Thursday 17th September
  • Thursday 24th September
  • Thursday 1st October 
  • Thursday 8th October
  • Thursday 15th October
  • Thursday 22nd October
  • Thursday 5th November
  • Thursday 12th November


The full cost of this course is £165.


Week one

The making of a poem.  The workshop will encompass an exploration and discussion on poetry and the essence of what makes a poem. There will be a general discussion departing from guided reading materials as well as a reading of a number of different poems. A writing exercise will be set in light of the session.

Week two

Critical feedback of student work.

Week three

To rhyme or not to rhyme that is the question? The workshop will look at approaches to contemporary poetry and more traditional styles of crafting poems.

Week four

Critical feedback of student work.

Week five

Shaping Different Forms: The workshop will focus on the Elegy, the Pantoum and the Villanelle with a further discussion on why choose form over blank verse.

Week six

Critical feedback of student work.

Week seven

Lineation, Listening and Music – Poetry is a Movement. The workshop will explore how lines are shaped and broken? It will take you on a journey in which the poem becomes that journey of discovery and reveal, as we listen closely to what the poem has to say or sing.

Week eight

Critical feedback of student work.