Start Writing Poetry
12-week online writing course begins Monday 20 September 2021.
Join us on a journey into the transformative world of poetry. You’ll read inspiring poets, explore how poems take shape, and begin to create and share your own work with a friendly supportive group.
Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience. Book quickly to secure your place.
This course is designed for writers aged 18+. If you’re looking for courses suitable for younger writers, check out these online workshops!
Special offer: All creative writing online courses include a free 12-week digital subscription to Granta Magazine!
Early bird discount
Book your place by 9am BST on Monday 9 August and receive 10% off your place.
“I thought it was all a brilliant experience and has changed my writing for the better.”
What the course covers
- What is Poetry Anyway? – exploring where poems come from, and exercises to generate ideas
- The Image – ways to make images with as few words as possible
- The Metaphor – examining what a metaphor is and how to extend one over an entire poem
- White Space – the importance of line breaks and stanza breaks
- Who’s Talking? – who is the narrative speaker of your poem?
- Musicality – the use of repetition and the sound of a poem
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
About your tutor
Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA/National Centre for Writing online creative writing programme.
She has won an Eric Gregory Award and her fifth Bloodaxe Books collection, The Anatomical Venus was short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards (2019) and won the East Anglian Writers ‘By the Cover’ Award (EABA 2019). The Anatomical Venus examines how women have been portrayed as ‘other’; as witches; as hysterics with wandering wombs and as beautiful corpses cast in wax, or on mortuary slabs in TV box sets.
Fool’s World, a collaborative Tarot with the artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press), won the 2016 Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. Hear What the Moon Told Me, a book of collage/ mixed media/ acrylic painted poems was published in 2016 by Knives Forks and Spoons Press, and a chapbook Maps of the Abandoned City was published in January 2019 by SurVision. She lives in Norwich with her husband, the poet Martin Figura.
How it works
All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out more about the requirements here.
The course is divided into six modules, each of which introduces an aspect of the craft of writing poetry. At the end of each module, the tutor will set an assignment. You will receive written feedback from your tutor for all six modules, with hints and tips on how to strengthen your poem.
The modules are posted fortnightly. Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.
There are two live Zoom sessions during this course – dates are to be confirmed.
Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.