POETRY KIT
ONLINE POETRY COURSES
A Poetry Kit Poetry Course is available wherever you are.  If you are online you can take a course.
You need nothing more than an interest in improving as a poet and internet access.
(One student has taken our poetry course using the email function on a TV and several
through access at their local libraries and Internet Cafes, quite a number using smart phones, so if you have access you can take a course.)
Students from all parts of the world have taken our courses and because of the flexability of the courses even remote or occasional
internet access has not prevented full participation and a successful outcome.

All courses are taken at your own speed with the suport and help of a personal tutor.


 

Voted by Poetry Superhighway readers "Best Online Poetry Resource"

 

"...a full range of interesting and challenging courses." Lit Training

 

From the newsletter of the NZ Poetry Society. -  My Poetry Kit Experience

"Jim Bennett knows his poetry, that is clear. He has a relaxed, easy manner and provides feedback that is productive, encouraging and confidence building.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, from start to finish, so much so that I have now enrolled in 'Poetry 2'." JS   (Part 1 Course)

 

"I have learned so much from you, I really appreciate everything you have taught me. I feel I've grown so much as a poet." CG (Pt2 Course)

"I have learnt a lot from this course, ... I feel that I am better able to structure my poetry, and give it more focus."  IC (Pt1 Course)

"Thanks so much for the excellent course. It's an amazing value for money and I'd recommend it to anyone unreservedly." LK (Foundation)

"I thought I knew it all, the first thing I learned was that I didn't"  AG (Mentoring)


INDEX TO COURSES

ALL COURSES START SECOND AND LAST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH
 

POETRY COURSES

Foundation    A basic course suitable for those looking for an introduction to writing poetry.
Poetry 1 A course in reading and writing poetry.  For the poets who want to develop their skills.
Poetry 2 A course in advanced writing skills.  A course to help a skilled poet improve still further.
Mentoring A one to one mentoring service offering detailed suport and writing exercises.

 

POETRY CRITIQUE

Critique - 10 poems A personal critique service.

SPECIALIST STUDIES

Bob Dylan An in depth look at the lyrics and techniques used by Bob Dylan
   

 

All courses start at regular intervals.

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FAQ

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 


Poetry Foundation

COURSES START SECOND AND LAST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH

Duration - 7 units - email based sessions and  guided study. 

The Course  -  This foundation course in writing poetry takes the participant through some of the basic processes of writing poetry with lots of practical examples and writing exercises.  The purpose of the course is to allow the participant to explore many aspects of writing poetry and to introduce them to a wider reading and understanding.  

The course will look at modern free form poetry and several set forms.  This course has been introduced to enable those who are relatively new to poetry to develop their skill and to learn more about contemporary poetry.

Qualifications required - People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications, they do however need to have an interest in the craft of writing poetry and a determination to improve their writing and produce successful poems. 

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

 

Fee - The course fee is £60 (UK£)

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For further information email - courses@poetrykit.org

 

Poetry 1

COURSES START SECOND AND LAST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH

 

 

.Duration - 10 units

 

The Course  -  This course in writing poetry takes the participant through some of the basic processes of writing poetry in an entertaining and interesting way. Through a series of set exercises, discussions and critique sessions, backed up with talks, notes and feedback.  The purpose of the course is to allow the participant to build their skills of observation and clarity of language while at the same time allowing their individual voice and technique to develop.  

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 and presenting them in a live setting, revising poetry and editing.

 

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

Transparency

Writing poetry

Images

Forms and structure

Forms

Further forms / markets

Getting published

 

Qualifications required - People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications, they do however need to have an interest in the craft of writing poetry and a determination to improve their writing and produce successful poems. 

 

Fee - The course fee is £80  (UK£)

 

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For further information email - courses@poetrykit.org

 

 

Poetry 2

COURSES START SECOND AND LAST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH

 

.Duration - 10 units

 

The Course - This course in writing poetry takes the participant on from the point of Poetry 1 and is intended for those with some experience at writing and who wish to develop their skills further.   The objectives of the course are achieved through exercises designed to introduce new concepts in writing and stretch the participant, discussions and critique sessions, backed up with talks, notes, support and feedback.  The purpose of the course is to allow the participant to build their skills of observation and clarity of language while at the same time allowing their individual voice and technique to develop.  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 and presenting them in a live setting, revising poetry and editing.  

 

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

Voice

Lineation

Poems from art and found objects

Avent garde

Critiquing poetry

Completion

 

 

Qualifications required - People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications, they do however need to be able to identify themselves as writers with some experience.  Those who have previously taken the Poetry Kit Poetry 1 course will find this a natural development.  

 

Fee - The course fee is £95 (UK£)

 

The Tutor - 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 career.  For more information see an interview and his publisher's page.

 

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For further information email - courses@poetrykit.org

 

 

 

Mentoring - Personal Mentoring and Career Development.

 

COURSES START EVERY WEEK

 

Duration – 12 units

 

The Course – One to one mentoring. Ideas are discussed and foundations for poems developed with assistance and 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.


Qualifications required – 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 course will find this a natural development but it is not necessary to have done either to get the most
out of this course.
 
Fee – The course fee is £110 (UK£)


The Tutor - 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 career. For more information see an interview and his publishers page.

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For further information email - courses@poetrykit.org

 

 

 

 

Critique

 

The Critique Service - Critique of up to 10 poems  (or a total of 450 lines of poetry)

This is an individual critique service available from Jim Bennett, allowing those using the service to send 10 poems and have them individually critiqued by Jim who is an internationally known, prize-winning poet.  By sending poems over a period of time the participant can use the service to develop their skills and to get feedback on their progress.

Fee - The fee for this service is £60 (UK£)

INTRODUCTORY OFFER - To get a taster of this service we will critique 1 poem for £10 (only once per client)

The Tutor - The critiques are given 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 and performing poetry and lecturing.  He has won many awards over a forty year writing career.  For more information see an interview and his publishers page.

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For further information email - courses@poetrykit.org

 

The Poetry of Bob Dylan

 

COURSES START EVERY MONTH

 

Duration - 8 session course

The Course - This 8 session course takes a look at Bob Dylan's writing.  We will looking at examples of his writing from periods throughout his career and examining how he uses words to shape the environment of the song, we will also be looking at his influences and the influence he had on others.  We will also look at his body of work and to try to understand the position he occupies in popular music.  

Fee £80

Qualifications required - People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications, they do however need to be keen on finding our more about Bob Dylan and exploring his work.

The Tutors - The course is written and supervised 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 and performing poetry and lecturing.  He has won many awards over a forty year writing carer.  For more information see an interview and his publishers page.  The course is delivered by either Jim Bennett or Bill Westron, editor of The Western Magazine and a former Lecturer in Creative Arts and Literary History at New York..

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For further information email - courses@poetrykit.org

*  The duration of the courses are not stated and individual students experience on the course vary due to their turnaround time for assignments.