Online course

Start Writing Poetry

12 weeks

Your next chapter starts here…

  • Become the poet you want to be!

  • Get 1-2-1 tutor feedback

  • Learn the foundational skills of writing poetry

  • Build your writing routine

  • Take your writing to the next level

  • Access our courses from anywhere in the world.

Join us on a journey into the transformative world of writing poetry. On this 12-week online creative writing 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.

What the course covers

Module 1 – 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 2 – 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 3 – 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – 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.

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.

Start Writing Poetry course = £475


Designed in partnership with the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA


UEA University of East Anglia


Format: How the course works

  • Web-based
    • Our Creative Writing Online courses take place entirely over the internet. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.
  • Duration
    • 12 weeks
  • Course format
    • The majority of the course is delivered in text form, making it easy to progress through the course chapter-by-chapter. 
    • Your knowledge will be developed through writing exercises and the analysis of samples of writing.
  • Modules
    • The course is divided into fortnightly modules, each of which introduces an aspect of the craft of writing. 
    • Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice. Outside of those assignment deadlines you can progress through the lessons and exercises at your own pace.
  • 1-2-1 feedback
    • You will have 1-2-1 feedback from your tutor and fellow students.
  • Discussions
    • Forum-based student discussions are included throughout the course, providing an opportunity for students to interact with each other and the course tutor. To get the most out of the course, we recommend taking part in as many discussions as possible.

Got questions?

If you have any questions, you can get in touch by emailing Vicki at

C Christina Morillo from PexelsCourse schedule

This course runs for 12 weeks and is split into several modules, which each last two weeks. Modules consist of multiple chapters and your progress is tracked throughout, making it easy to pick up where you left off.

Although a module is open for two weeks, you are not expected to dedicate that entire time to the course! Our online courses are designed to fit around a busy lifestyle and each chapter is conveniently bite-sized so that you can always be making progress. On average we expect most students to spend between 3-5 hours per week on a course (this time will be a mixture of reading, community discussions, exercises and assignments). This will vary from student-to-student and some modules may be more intensive than others.

Each module includes smaller exercises and a main assignment. How much time you spend on these is flexible and will depend on your own writing style and process.

September term schedule

  • Module 1: Monday 19th September – Sunday 2nd October
  • Module 2: Monday 3rd October – Sunday 16th October
  • Module 3: Monday 17th October – Sunday 30th October
  • Module 4: Monday 31st October – Sunday 13th November
  • Module 5: Monday 14th November – Sunday 27th November
  • Module 6: Monday 28th November – Sunday 11th December.

Zoom sessions TBC.

September 2022 term

Course schedule

Equipment and software: What you need

You will need access to a computer and you will need access to the internet. 

You can view the study materials on a mobile device but we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for working on assignments and taking part in community discussions.

Important: Your web browser must be up-to-date to access the courses. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

We use two platforms to deliver our tutored online courses:

  • Teachable
    • This online course platform hosts our study materials and community interactions. You will be provided with a login for a Teachable account at the beginning of your course.
  • Zoom
    • We use zoom to host any live tutored elements of the course. Please see the course-specific pages for full details


What people think of our courses



“I’ve taken away a much greater confidence in my creative work, an ability to be much more flexible but also decisive with my writing ideas and have learned many new writing techniques and ways of working.”



“I have learned a huge amount on this course. I feel I have leaped ahead in my knowledge of writing and what I am capable of writing at the moment.”



“My output has improved a thousand-fold in both content and quality.”



“The course had a therapeutic effect. I gained a sense of freedom from getting lost in the characterisations and dramas of my stories.”



“The course exceeded my expectations in every aspect with how well-structured it was, the exercises and the feedback. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Motivation and focus

Motivation and focus

“Having someone read and feedback on my writing gave me focus and motivation.”

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for people who have done no formal training or courses who want to:

  • Learn the basic skills of structuring and writing poetry
  • Build your confidence
  • Develop a writing routine
  • Receive tutor feedback on their writing
  • Discuss their writing with peers
  • Get writing!

Start Writing Poetry course = £475


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About the tutors

Dr Rebecca Goss

Core areas of expertise: I am an experienced tutor of creative writing and writing mentor. I taught on the undergraduate creative writing degree at Liverpool John Moores University for many years and more recently on the Creative Writing Masters (poetry) programme at the University of East Anglia. I have run writing workshops for all ages in schools, universities, libraries, in association with literary festivals and in the community.

Notable works: My pamphlet Keeping Houston Time was published in 1997 by Slow Dancer Press. My first full-length collection The Anatomy of Structures was published by Flambard Press in 2010. My second collection, Her Birth, was published in 2013 by Carcanet/Northern House. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, won the Poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards 2013, and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing and the Portico Prize for Literature.

In 2014, I was selected for The Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets. Carousel, my collaboration with the photographer Chris Routledge was published in 2018 with Guillemot Press. My third full-length collection, Girl, was published with Carcanet/Northern House in 2019 and was shortlisted in the East Anglian Book Awards 2019. I am the recipient of the 2016 Roger Deakin Award from The Society of Authors and winner of the Sylvia Plath Prize 2022.

What’s great about the course? This course is designed to stimulate and inspire. The engaging mix of resources, writing prompts and exercises ensure writers can produce a substantial amount of creative work in the 12 weeks.

I like the atmosphere that is created within the group using the online forum – a friendly space to share work and ideas and chat about the course content. I like interacting on the forum with course participants’, especially their reactions to poems and other stimuli. I like that I can offer detailed feedback on assignments and get to know a writer’s work as the course progresses.

It’s always great to see a participant go on to push themselves a bit further, submit their work to, and get placed in, a national poetry competition. But anyone completing this course will have worked hard and achieved success. It’s a great way to learn more about yourself as a writer and have new poems to be proud of.