Kickstart Your Poetry (Beginner)

Monday 23 September
£ 445.00 - early bird discount!

Join us on a journey into the transformative world of writing poetry on this 12-week online course, designed in partnership with UEA.

Want to take your poetry to a more sophisticated level?


Join us on a journey into the transformative world of writing poetry in this online creative writing course. On the course, you’ll read inspiring poets, explore how poems take shape, and begin to write poems and share your own work with a friendly supportive group.

This twelve-week course is designed for writers who have done no formal training or courses who want to learn the basic skills of structuring and writing poetry. Your tutor, Rebecca Goss, will read up to twelve poems, and you will receive personalised feedback from her on your writing and potential next steps.


Book your space by Friday 12 July to take advantage of our early bird discount!
Start date

Monday 23 September





12 weeks (please see course schedule below)



£495 £445 early bird discount

On this course, you will learn to…


  • Consider different sources for poems
  • Use your imagination and memory
  • Examine contemporary poetry
  • Feel more confident to write your own poetry
  • Develop your own voice
  • Explore the power of language.
Online course

Course programme

Module one – What is Poetry Anyway?

In this introductory module, you’ll explore where poems come from. You’ll meet your tutor and your peers, and together you’ll generate ideas and share work through a series of exercises.  For your assignment, you’ll submit two draft poems to your tutor, for personal feedback.

Module two – The Image

In this module, you’ll explore one of the core components of poetry: imagery. You’ll start by looking at similes, and you’ll read poems that use symbolism to provide dual meanings. Again, you can submit up to two draft poems for feedback from your tutor.

Module three – The Metaphor

This module takes imagery in poetry to the next level. You will explore what a metaphor is and how to extend one over an entire poem. You’ll play with riddles to discover the double nature of language and you’ll invent your own riddles to put this to the test. You’ll read poems that contain hidden metaphors, as well as poems where the metaphor is extended throughout the piece. You’ll finish by submitting two poems that use metaphor.

Module four – White Space

This module looks at the spaces where words aren’t. You’ll read poems that are only one stanza, poems that have multiple stanzas and poems that contain more white space than words. In this module, you’ll also explore the notion of poetry as visual art and you’ll learn how to make shapes with your poetry and experiment with layout to enhance your work.

Module five – Who’s Talking?

In this module, you’ll look at narrative voices in poems. You’ll look at dramatic monologues, confessional poems, and transformational poems.  You’ll read poems form a variety of voices before sending two draft poems to your tutor for feedback.

Module six – Musicality

In this final module, you’ll explore rhythm and rhyme in poetry. You’ll read and listen to poetry out loud to better understand the sound and musicality of poems, and you’ll experiment with meter in your writing. For this final assignment, you’ll submit two draft poems to your tutor for feedback.

Live sessions

There will be two live sessions for this course, which will take place over Zoom.

Zoom one: Wednesday 25 September, 7.30-8.30pm BST

Zoom two: Wednesday 20 November, 6.30-8.30pm GMT

The course really opened my eyes to the different ways of writing poetry, I really enjoyed it!

Liz Mingo

Why study with National Centre for Writing?

National Centre for Writing has been supporting writers to develop their craft for over 25 years. Our online tutored courses are developed in partnership with University of East Anglia, home to the prestigious School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, which boasts award-winning alumni including Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan and Anne Enright. Our course tutors are all published writers, many of whom have studied or taught at UEA themselves.


While there are many online courses available to you across the world, ours are unique in offering:

  • One-to-one feedback on up to six assignments, directly from your course tutor
  • A tailored learning experience with 15 students maximum
  • Flexibility to progress through the course anywhere, any time
  • Support and structure to develop a writing routine
  • Skills and knowledge to improve the craft of writing
  • Confidence in your ability as a writer
  • Opportunity to join our NCW Alumni, an international network of like-minded writers and translators.

Meet the tutor

Rebecca Goss


Rebecca Goss is a poet, tutor and mentor, living in Suffolk. She studied English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University, then went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, anthologies and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Arts online. Her second collection Her Birth was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection and won the Poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards in 2013. In 2014 she was selected for The Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets. Her third full-length collection, Girl, was published with Carcanet/Northern House in 2019 and was shortlisted in the East Anglian Book Awards 2019. Her fourth full-length collection, Latch, will be published by Carcanet in 2023.


Read Rebecca’s top tips for staying motivated when writing poetry →

Rebecca was extremely supportive and knowledgeable. She made the process of sharing my work with others constructive and positive.


How does this course work?

We have partnered with digital learning platform Teachable to host our self-paced courses. The platform is accessible across a range of devices, simple to use, and does not require any specialist equipment.

We want to make sure that you get the most out of our tutored online courses and feel confident that you’re choosing the right course. Each course contains a mixture of teaching content, reading to prompt discussion, writing exercises for you to hone your skills, and group and one-to-one feedback.

Click to read more about how they are structured and what equipment you may need.

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