Advanced Poetry Writing

When and Where

19 Apr 2018 - 5 Jul 2018 (22 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 11:00 - 13:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Sarah Wardle
Course code

What you will learn

Have you been writing poetry for some time? An opportunity to discuss work and examine progress in a workshop environment, led by a contemporary poet. Poems will be read and discussed in class.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Shape and edit your poems more critically
  • Critique others' work more effectively
  • Be more confident when using poetic form
  • Have greater awareness of the range of contemporary poetry
  • Gain wider knowledge of opportunities for publication

Class format and activities

Sharing your own work each week, discussing contemporary poetry and participating in workshop feedback for fellow poets. A student may expect to have a poem ‘workshopped’ every two to three weeks. The pedagogic method is robust, lively, good humoured discussion and argument. Students will also learn by critical reading of published poems in class, and through weekly homework exercises.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Students should be regular writers of poetry. They should have a good knowledge of contemporary poetry. They should be interested in publishing their work.

What you need to know before you enrol

Each week you will be expected to write a homework poem in response to assignments, set by theme, form, or device.

What you will need for your class

Paper, pen and enthusiasm!

What you can do next

There are numerous more advanced poetry classes available: week-long residencies in establishments such as the Arvon Foundation, or, more seriously, a Masters in Poetry at the Universities of East Anglia, Sheffield Hallam, Glamorgan.