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Workshop Groups

Most local authority Adult Education services run creative writing groups; some run groups dedicated to poetry. Check with your local centre for details.   Below is a selection of residential, correspondence, and part-time courses that are worth looking at, depending on your enthusiasm and the depth of your pocket.

Services - Single Courses - Residential and Holiday  - Email, Internet and Correspondence Courses - Other





Poetry Kit Online Poetry Courses

New courses starting the second and fourth Monday each month


We currently offer three online, computer based, distance learning courses, suitable for the beginner, intermediate or more experienced writer.  Although the details for the courses

below indicate a general content and direction of each course, courses are flexible and may change in order to better meet the needs of each individual student 

Each unit may consist of a number of parts and some units take longer to complete than others.  

For details of fees and enrolment please goto


Poetry Foundation


This course in writing poetry takes the participant through some of the basic processes of writing poetry in, what we hope they will find, an entertaining and interesting way. We hope to help them develop good practise and a structured approach to writing.  This is achieved through a series of set exercises and critique sessions, backed up with notes and feedback.  The purpose of the course is to allow the participant to build their skills of observation and develop clarity of language and expression while at the same time allowing their individual voice and technique to develop.  


Some items covered

Poems general introduction, styles and types.

How to read poetry

Images in poetry

Writing poetry

Using a notebook recording snapshots.

 Poetry from art

Revising a poem

Using figurative language


Poetry 1


The course looks at a variety of styles and forms of poetry which will allow the participant to build a sound knowledge of some of the technical terms

while utilising them in a practical and interesting way.   The course includes elements relating to preparing and submitting poems for publication, reading poems, revising poetry and editing.


 Some items covered

Poetic structure

Analysis of poetry

Nature poetry


Writing poetry


Forms and structure


Further forms / markets

Getting published


Poetry 2


This is a high grade course and makes assumptions that the participant will already have a wide experience of poetic techniques, the features looked at on the course are looked at from an advanced point of view -- roughly equivalent of a third year University module.  The Basically the course follows the following session structure.  Each session consists of a number of parts.


Some items covered

Analysis of poetry

Use of images

Poetry about the natural world

Free verse



Poems from art and found objects

Avent garde

Critiquing poetry




Mentoring - Personal mentoring and career development for poets.


Start at any time.

 Personal Mentoring. Ideas are discussed and foundations for poems developed with assistance and developing critique in working through drafts to completed poems.

This is a mentoring experience and will work with strengths and identify weaknesses in writing style; all content will be chosen to meet the needs of the student.

The mentoring is over a period of 12 sessions, at the end of that you should have portfolio of 8 to 10 poems which are complete and further poems in draft which are being worked through.

The purpose of this course is to offer individual mentoring and the time taken will depend on the individual, with each depending on the speed of the student.

People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications; they do however need to be able to identify themselves as writers.

Those who have previously taken the Poetry Kit Poetry 1 or 2 courses will find this a natural development but it is not necessary to have done either to get the most out of this course.

The course fee is £110 (UK£)

The course is presented by Jim Bennett who is a highly experienced lecturer having delivered courses in creative writing for the University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University and for the WEA.   Jim is a full time professional poet who earns his living from writing poetry and lecturing. He has won many awards over a forty year writing carer.  For more information see an interview and his publishers page.


Poetry Kit runs a full range of interesting and challenging courses.  In addition to those listed above there are other

courses including  Script writing and The Poetry of Bob Dylan. 

For a more complete listing of courses and availability please see

For details of fees and enrolment please goto 





PROOF READING - QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED PROOF READER AVAILABLE - An experienced publishers reader who assists with advice to Poetry Kit is available to advise on grammar, spelling and layout problems for manuscripts and scripts. For information contact

Proofreading Service for students

P O E T R Y  M A S T E R
~Good Poems Made Better~
Send 4-book poet Dan Masterson a one-page poem of your own making, and he'll comment on it free of charge. Thereafter you may continue working with him on a fee basis if you wish.
See details at  and read his first two books online at  


Ongoing Residential and Holiday Writing Courses and Retreats.

Abri Creative Writing -

Holidays at Gardoussel Retreat, south of France. Tutors for 2011 include Roselle Angwin (poetry), Lucy Wadham (prose), Jan Fortune-Wood (both), Crysse Morrison (both) and Thea Euphrassea. Courses are full-board and residential in a magnificent mountain setting.  Delicious vegetarian meals, swimming, massages available.

tel. 00 33 466 60 16 78

ACT Writers Centre, (Canberra, Australia)   ACT Writers Centre on 6262 9191 or online at
The Arvon Foundation runs year-round one-week residential courses on all aspects of creative writing at three centres. Generally there are two tutors for each course, and all are experienced writers.
Head Office: The Arvon Foundation, 2nd Floor, 42A Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0RE. Phone 020 7931 7611. Fax 020 7963 0961
Totleigh Barton Sheepwash Beaworthy Devon
EX21 5NS
Tel 01409 231 338 Fax 01409 231144 e-mail
Lumb Bank Heptonstall Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire
Tel 01422 843714 Fax 01422 843714 e-mail
Moniack Mhor Teavarron, Kiltarlity, Beauly, Inverness-shire
Tel 01463 741675 Fax 01463 741733 e-mial
In association with the Scottish Arts Council.
The Hurst, Clunton, Craven Arms, Shropshire
Tel 01588 640658 Fax 01588 640509 e-mail
Courses in Crete - poetry and writing courses in Loutro, Crete.
For further information contact World Spirit at: tel/fax 00 44 (0) 161 928 5768, mobile 07973 394921, e-mail web site

Emerson College
Forest Row, Sussex
RH18 5JX
Phone: +44 (0)1342 822 238 Fax: +44 (0) 1342 826 055 E-mail:
Summer, weekend and full-time courses

FIRE IN THE HEAD, tutored by poet and author Roselle Angwin, is an exciting year round programme of poetry, fiction and reflective writing days, weekends and retreats in stunning locations such as Iona, Scotland, Devon and Spain. k PO Box 17, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6YF 01822 841081
il chiostro workshops in Italy - art, fiction, poetry. Details from Il Chiostro Inc., 241 West 97th Street, Suite 13N, New York NY10025 Phone: (800) 990-3506 e-mail:
The Poetry School offers some residential courses as well as group and one-to-one tuition at various London and other venues around the country. For a catalogue of their full programme, contact the school.  email, website at:
Ty Newydd Writing CoursesTaliesin Trust, Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0LW. Phone 01766 522811 Fax 01766 523095 e-mail   Most courses run from Monday to Friday (Saturday departure) and cost £335 including meals and shared accommodation (£360 with a single room). There are weekend courses (Friday to Sunday) costing £140 (£150 with single room), and extended courses costing £375 (£400 with single room).
Lucille Clifton, Brenda Hillman, Robert Hass, Galway Kinnell Sharon Olds, Kevin Young
The Poetry Program is founded on the belief that when poets gather in a community to write new poems, each poet may well break through old habits and write something stronger and truer than before.  To help this happen we work together to create an atmosphere in which everyone might feel free to try anything.
For details see website at  -

Writing Retreat: Beautiful Val David, Quebec, Canada.

Work on your creative projects and gather with fellow writers and artists at a new International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency in Val David, Quebec, Canada. (75 Km North of Montreal, 50 Km South of Mount Tremblant). This residence operates all year.

For more info, see or email Flavia Cosma at

Email, Internet and Correspondence Courses

Dan Masterson offers e-mail critique of your work (advanced poets only). Email a poem and he'll get back to you with comments. The first poem is free of charge. Further consultation by fee. Email address and details on site:
Open College of the Arts The OCA’s degrees are now accredited by Bucks New University ( . If you want to take its correspondence course in writing poetry, you will have to take the beginners' creative writing course first. As with Arvon, tutors are experienced writers.
UK Contacts: Registration Department, OCA, Freepost SF10678, Barnsley S75 1BR
Freephone: 0800 731 2116 Fax: 01226 730 838 Minicom: 01226 205 255 E-mail:
Overseas: Registration Department, OCA, Unit 1B, Redbrook Business Park, Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, United Kingdom, S75 1JN
Phone: +44 (0)1226 730 495 Fax: +44 (0)1226 730 838 Minicom: +44 (0)1226 205 255 E-mail:
Distance Learning Open University courses -  Write to The Open University, PO Box 625, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BR UK
Wordshop - Andrew M Forster offers creative writing courses via e-mail. The flexibility of e-mail means courses are designed for students needs. E-mail for an information file.

Poetry Courses and Venues

ADULT EDUCATION centres in London that run poetry courses and workshops include:
City Lit, 16 Stukely Street, Drury Lane WC2B 5LJ
Map phone 0171 831 9631 fax 0171 405 3347 e-mail
Goldsmith College, New Cross SE14 6NW Map phone 0171 919 7200 fax 0171 919 7509
Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7HT
Map phone 0171 928 8501 fax 0171 928 4074
Richmond Adult College, Clifden rd, Twickenham (courses at Parkshot Centre, Richmond). phone 0181 891 5907/940 0170 fax 0181 892 6354
University of Bristol, Department of English MA in Modern and Contemporary Poetry.
For information contact Rebecca Ireland, Postgraduate Admissions, Department of English, University of Bristol, 3/5 Woodland Road, Bristol
Phone: 0117 928 8863 Fax: 0117 928 8860 email:
Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY Tel: 01223 358689 Fax: 01223 300786
The Citadel Waterloo Street, St. Helens WA10 1PX   venue and occasional courses call 01744 735436 for details
The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry School of English, Queen's University of Belfast, BT7 1NN  tel 028 90 335103/4 fax 028 90 314615 email
Courses at the Irish Writers' Centre - 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Details from: (3531) 8713102; e-mail:
A full programme of creative writing is being planned.
Lancaster - The Department of Continuing Education at Lancaster University offers a wide range of Creative Writing courses to suit all abilities, from beginners to those who wish to publish their work.  Courses take place at Lancaster University and throughout Lancashire and Cumbria, at weekends and in the evenings.   For further details, contact the Department of Continuing Education, Lancaster University, Ash House, Lancaster LA1 4YT, telephone 01524 592623/4 or check the website
Lauderdale House Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, London N6 5HG Tel: 020 8348 8716 Fax: 020 8442 9099 Email:
MA in Creative Arts - Writing and Reading Poetry Two-year part-time course at Liverpool Hope. For further information contact freephone 0800 0282 308
MA in Poetic Practice . Teaching will take place in 11 Gower Street, London WC1 on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings - 5.30pm-7.30pm.
The course lasts one year full-time, two years part-time. There are two core courses: Poetic Practice and New Technologies of Writing. Poetic Practice works through writing on and off the page; narratives of self and body; degrees of liveness; and site-specific writing and performance. Work by Susan Hiller, Joan Retallack, Lynn Hejinian, cris cheek, Fiona Templeton etc etc. Contemporary Technologies of Writing looks at materialities of writing; interactive webpages; animations; sound and video; webprojects ... In addition, students will work on a writing project and produce a dissertation reflecting on their project.
Application forms from :
The Graduate School, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 OEX
The Poetry School -  Poetry courses in many venues around the UK and online.
Oxford University  -  MSt in Creative Writing - Details about the course are available at
Sarah Lawrence College MFA in Writing Graduate Studies, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708-5999   Tel: (914) 395 2371 x2165 email:
Tongues and Grooves monthly poetry classes and workshops in Southsea. Poetry Classes facilitated by visiting tutors and poets.   For more details contact Maggie Sawkins on 023 9273 4180.


ACT Writers Centre, (Canberra, Australia) Numerous Courses - ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT (Canberra).  Bookings essential through the ACT Writers Centre on 6262 9191 or online at