Start Writing Poetry
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!
Early bird offer
Book your place on this course by Wednesday 22 July and get 10% off! Select ‘Early bird’ price of £405 during checkout.
Special offer: All creative writing online courses include a free 12-week digital subscription to Granta Magazine!
“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 a lecturer for the UEA/National Centre for Writing online creative writing programme. Her fifth collection from Bloodaxe Books, 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, was published in 2019. It was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards and won the East Anglian Writers ‘Book by the Cover Award’. A book of collage/ mixed media poems, Hear What the Moon Told Me, was published KFS in 2017, and a chapbook, Maps of the Abandoned City, by SurVision in 2019. She has over twenty years teaching experience at all levels and has been teaching online poetry courses since 2000. She lives in Norwich. Her website is www.helenivory.co.uk.
How it works
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.
Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.