Start to Write Poetry (Online)

Starting out | Poetry

Kickstart your writing life with a specially designed day of online learning, writing and discussion from the home of British poetry.

Get instant feedback on your poems, learn how to find inspiration all around you, and explore how to start reading – and thinking – like a poet in this one-day online course.

Answer for yourself a deceptively simple question – what is a poem? What makes an effective image? How do you know when a poem is 'finished'? Join acclaimed poet Richard Scott to find out.

Start to Write Poetry is the perfect introduction to writing poetry, and an excellent primer for our longer poetry courses, too. If you're thinking about poetry, start here.

25th September 2021

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Poems are responses to the world around us. But how do you know what to respond to, especially during these strange times? Through a morning of guided online exercises – involving Google maps, research and riffling through our own spaces for cherished objects – you'll learn to find the seed of a poem in everyday life all from the intimacy of your own home.

The morning will also provide structured, guided and supported writing time time; and will include time for a 15 minute one-to-one tutorial – for you to ask any questions you might have or to discuss your own poetry.

1–2pm: Break


You've got your ideas. Great. Now what? Through a structured and friendly Google hangout workshop, the afternoon will focus on the craft of poetry – line-breaks, form, synecdoche, the beginnings of editing – and help you to take your ideas and get them onto the page in a thoughtful and relevant way.

The afternoon will feature further writing, drafting and editing time; and there'll also be time for any remaining one-to-one tutorials.

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Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks...

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

Helen Shipman