Distance & InternetIf you run a poetry course open to UK readers, send relevant details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Magazine listings include the most prominent and popular poetry events, festivals, courses and competitions. The next deadline for magazine listings, for our Summer 2014 issue, is March 31st 2014. Please note that listings on the magazine are much more selective than those on the website and based on what we feel will be most relevant to our readers. Organisers can also book advertisements in Poetry London if preferred.
Creative Writing (Internet)
Lancaster University 4 months
Tel: 01524 592032
Fire in the Head
poetry and novel correspondence courses, plus one-to-one in-depth mentoring and appraisal service from poet, author and well-established course tutor Roselle Angwin. PO Box 17, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6YF
Tel: 01548 821004
Constructive personalised advice on poetry via post. Ask for questionnaire: Poetry Society, 22 Betterton St WC2H 9BX
The Poetry School
Long downloadable courses from £15, individual download lessons from £3, at http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/download/index.php. Email tutorials with a wide range of poets - £85 for a 1,000 word critique of 200 lines. Email Sarah Dawson, email@example.com/ Tel 0207 582 1679 or visit www.poetryschool.com.
The Poetry School Online
Online courses in online learning environment CAMPUS, alongside digital residencies, live Q&As and open workshops. To enrol, contact Sarah Dawson, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone number 0207 582 1679. 10+ new courses every term, inspiration and feedback, suitable for all levels of writer. Visit campus.poetryschool.com or call 020 7582 1679.
WEA (Workers Educational Association)
Many regional courses. National Office, 4 Luke Street, London EC2A 4XW, Tel: 020 7426 3450, Fax: 0207 426 3451, email email@example.com Or visit http://www.wea.org.uk/local for branches near you
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Degree & DiplomaIf you run a poetry course open to UK readers, send relevant details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Magazine listings include the most prominent and popular poetry events, festivals, courses and competitions. The next deadline for magazine listings, for our Summer 2014 issue, is March 31st 2014. Please note that listings on the magazine are much more selective than those on the website and based on what we feel will be most relevant to our readers. Organisers can also book advertisements in Poetry London if preferred.
Certificate Creative Writing; MA Creative Writing . Celyn Jones, Director. Requests for interview and further information available from Annemarie Shadie (Cert and BA), email@example.com, Tel:08456010174 or 020 3073 8379 or Anne-Marie Taylor (MA) firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 08456010174 or 020 3073 8372l
Roehampton, Surrey University
BA, MA & PhD Creative Writing Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane SW15 5PU
Programme Convener, Judith Bryan, email@example.com, or contact Enquiries team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tel 020 8392 3232
South Asian Literature, MA Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) Thornhaugh St, Russell Sq WC1H 0XG
Tel: 020 7898 4220
Aberystwyth, University of Wales
Cert.HE, MA & PhD in Creative Writing English Department, Aberystwyth, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3DY
Bath Spa University
BA, MA & PhD in Creative Writing Newton St Loe BA2 9BN
Belfast, Queens University
Open Learning, BA, MA & PhD in Creative Writing School of English, 2 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN
Tel: 028 9097 3320 or 028 9097 3394 or email email@example.com
Birmingham, University of Central England
MA in Writing Baker Building, City North Campus, Perry Barr B42 2SU
Tel: 01213315595 for enquiries
BA & MPhil/PhD Creative Writing Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB
Tel: 01204 900600
Brighton, University of Sussex
MA & MPhil/PhD Creative & Critical Writing Graduate Research Centre (Hums), Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QN
Tel: 01273 606755 (MA), 01273 678098 (MPhil, DPhil)
Canterbury, Kent University
MA & PhD in Creative Writing School of English, Rutherford College CT2 7NZ
Tel: 01227 823054
MA Creative Writing, MPhil PhD in Creative & Critical Writing School of English, Communication & Philosophy, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU
Tel: 029 2087 4722
Carmarthen, Trinity College
MA Creative Writing Carmarthen SA31 3EP
Tel: 01267 676767
MA & PhD Creative Writing College Lane, Chichester, W Sussex PO19 6PE
Tel: 01243 8160020
Coventry, University of Warwick
MA, MFA & PhD Writing English & Comparative Literary Studies, CV4 7AL
Tel: 024 76 524 928
Colchester, Essex University
BA & MA Creative Writing Wivenhoe Park CO4 3SQ
Tel: 01206 873333
MA & PhD Creative Writing Department of English & Film, University of Exeter, Room 221, Queen's Building, Queen's Drive EX4 4QH
Tel: 01392 725310
Exmouth, Plymouth University
MA/PgDip Creative Writing Postgraduate Admissions, Plymouth Univerisyt, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA
Tel: 01752 585 858
Fife, University of St Andrews
MLitt & PhD Creative Writing Castle House, Fife KY16 9AL
MA & PhD Creative Writing, distance learning options County College, Lancaster LA1 4YN Tel: 01524 5921269 (for Departmental Officer Anne Stewart-Whalley) www.lancs.ac.uk
MA Writing for Performance & Publication University of Leeds, LS2 9JT. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms Jane Richardson, Admissions Secretary, 0113 343 8714.
Liverpool, Edge Hill
BA, MA & PhD Creative Writing Contact Department of English & History, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirt, Lancashire, L39 4QP Tel: 01695 650 942 or email@example.com
MA & MPhil/ PhD Creative Writing Leicestershire LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 222222
Manchester Metropolitan University
BA, MA & PhD Creative Writing, online option English Department, Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond St, West M15 6LL
Newcastle, Northumbria University
BA, MA & PhD Creative Writing Squires Building, Newcastle City Campus NE1 8ST
Tel: 0191 227 3206
MA & PhD Creative Writing School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics
Tel: 0191 208 7199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Norwich, East Anglia University
MA & PhD Creative Writing School of Literature, Drama & Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, UEa, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ
Tel: 01603 591709
Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University
MA Creative Writing, PhD Creative & Critical Writing Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU
Tel: 0115 941 8418
MSt and Diploma in Creative Writing University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA
Tel: 01865 280145
Oxford Brookes University
MA & PhD Creative Writing Tonge Building, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP
Tel: 01865 483748
Sheffield Hallam University
BA, MA & PhD Creative Writing City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB
Tel: 0114 225 5555
University of South Wales
BA Creative & Professional Writing, MPhil/PhD Writing
Tel: 01442 654450/ 08455 76 77 78 or email email@example.com
Swansea, University of Wales
MA Welsh Writing in English, MA English Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP
Tel: 01792 606752
BA Creative Writing, MA/PhD Creative & Critical Writing Winchester SO22 4NR Tel 01962 827324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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ResidentialIf you run a poetry course open to UK readers, send relevant details to email@example.com. Magazine listings include the most prominent and popular poetry events, festivals, courses and competitions. The next deadline for magazine listings, for our Summer 2014 issue, is March 31st 2014. Please note that listings on the magazine are much more selective than those on the website and based on what we feel will be most relevant to our readers. Organisers can also book advertisements in Poetry London if preferred.
Further information available from www.literaturetraining.com
Further information available from www.literaturetraining.com
Further information available from www.literaturetraining.com
Almàssera Vella 1 week courses/retreats in Spanish mountain village. ◆ Aug 31 – Sep 7, Poetry and Art with Tamar Yoseloff ◆ Oct 19 – 26, Poetry with Jane Draycott ◆ Nov 9 – 16 Heroine’s Journey with Janet Lucy. General contact: Christopher & Marisa North, Almàssera Vella, Mare de Deu 56, 03578, Relleu, Alicante, Spain 0034 966 856003, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oldolivepress.com
Arvon Foundation. ◆ Sept 23-28, Poetry at Totleigh Barton, tutored by Helena Nelson and Michael Laskey ◆ Oct 7-12, Poetry at Lumb Bank, tutored by Clara Pollard and Neil Rollinson ◆ Nov 4 – 9. Poetry at Lumb Bank, tutored by Alice Oswald and Michael Symmons Roberst ◆ Nov 18-23, Poetry at Totleigh Barton, tutored by Paul Batchelor and Frances Levinston. Grants available. The Arvon Foundation for Writing, Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA Tel: 020 7324 2554, email@example.com www.arvonfoundation.org
Burgundy. The Really Big Dream Company run writing courses and retreats in Southern Burgundy. www.thereallybigdreamcompany.com. Janice Barnett on 0033 (0)345479 502, firstname.lastname@example.org, Les Cerisiers, Lieu dit Nurux, 71520 Montmelard, France
Cerca de Ronda An occasional residential poetry course set in the mountains of southern Spain. Contact: email@example.com - http://cercaderonda.blogspot.co.uk/
Ceridwen Centre Writing courses in South Wales. www.ceridwencentre.co.uk.
Chateau Life Poetry courses and workshops in the Languedoc, South of France. Courses include creative workshops, discussions, free afternoons for writing & one-to-one tutorials. ◆ Sep 28 – Oct 4, Poetry Workshop with Jo Bell. Tel: 07773 206344, julia@ chateaulifecourses.com, www.chateaulifecourses.com
Cinnamon Press Writing Courses In association with Tyn-y-coed. ◆ Nov 9-14 Jan Fortune and Pete Marshall lead a week of creative writing workshops, individual mentoring. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cinnamonpress.com/writers-services/
Fire in the Head Year-round programme in poetry, novels and journaling/writing for personal development with author/poet Roselle Angwin in Devon. Tel: 01548 821004, email@example.com , www.fire-in-the-head.co.uk ,
Missenden Abbey Gt Missenden, Bucks HP16 0BN Tel: 01296 383582, firstname.lastname@example.org , http://www.missendenabbey-al.co.uk/arca/
Orchard Foundation, Cheltenham. Experience creative writing for wellbeing for yourself. More details at www.orchardfoundation.co.uk/ Email email@example.com
Rhodes Writing Retreat, Greece Structured writing retreats. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.rhodeswritingretreat.com
Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre, National Writers' Centre For Wales. Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd, Wales LL52 0LW Tel: 01766 522811, Fax: 01766 523095, email@example.com, www.tynewydd.org
Ways With Words Writing, reading & art holiday courses at Villa Pia, Lippiano, Italy. Contact Ways With Words, Droridge Farm, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6JQ Tel: 01803 867373, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wayswithwords.co.uk
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Short coursesIf you run a poetry course open to UK readers, send relevant details to email@example.com. Magazine listings include the most prominent and popular poetry events, festivals, courses and competitions. The next deadline for magazine listings, for our Summer 2014 issue, is March 31st 2014. Please note that listings on the magazine are much more selective than those on the website and based on what we feel will be most relevant to our readers. Organisers can also book advertisements in Poetry London if preferred.
The Poetry Society uni-verse events
£4/£2 1pm–2.30pm at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, 16 –18 Queen Square, Bath
* 8 Sept Parvin Loloi: 'The Influence of Persian Poetry'
* 13 Oct Timothy Ades: Translator-Poet, 'The Excitement of Rhyme & Metre'
* 10 Nov Simon Leake 'Unbroken Dialogues - An historical exploration of the creative dialogue between Japanese and American poets'
* 8 Dec Bradford-on-Avon, Bristol & Frome Poets 'From Around the World'
* 9 Feb 2011 Christine Tipper, multilingual writer, translator, academic, 'Changing Shores' - translating the work of Nadine Ltaif, a French Lebanses poet living in Montreal
* 9 March 2011 Will Stone reading from 'Glaciation' and discussing the art of translating poetry
* 13 Apr 2011 'Poets from Cornwall': Helen Jagger reading from 'The Turned Heart', and introducing readings by Camelford Poetry Stanza and The Indian King Poets
* 11 May 2011 Ewa Marcinkowska 'Contemporary Polish Poetry', and reading her own work
* 8 June 2011 Alyson Hallet 'Geographical Intimacy: relationships between poetry and place'
Bath & Bristol
Poetry School Programme
For full details visit
Short Courses in Using Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. The courses will be taught by four professionals with a range of different experience and aim to provide a supportive atmosphere for writing, personal reflection and an introduction to practical application of skills. Whilst these courses are not a qualification to practise, they offer an introduction to the field of Using Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.
Day Schools: £65/dayschool
10 week course (Spring 2010) £240
Contact the Programme Administrator, Kate King on 0117 331 4398 or to download course information and an enrolment form please visit
Bristol University Poetry Workshops 2010
Covering all aspects of poetry, including use of form, style and content; poetry's role in contemporary society; translation; and how to get published. The aim will be to help participants make the next step up in their work, which is often difficult to achieve in isolation. Further details:
Poetry Writing Days in Hebden Bridge. Move on with your writing by having serious poetic fun at our highly practical writing days. We meet once a month to write, read, discuss and create while enjoying each other’s company in the beautiful setting of Hebden Bridge. You are welcome to drop by for a single day or attend as regularly as you would like. Open to all levels of poet who would like to have a serious go at exploring the art of poetry. June 18 and July 16, 10am-4pm, Town Hall, Hebden Bridge. £25 per day
Norwich Writers’ Centre, Norwich ◆Poetry and Landscape with Deryn Rees-Jones, Sunday 9 February 2014. Explore the natural world and experiment with your writing with this workshop led by Deryn Rees-Jones. ◆ Going on a Journey: The Poetry Train Workshop with hannah Jane Walker, Saturday 5 April, from Norwich Train Station. Take a journey with your writing in this locomotive inspired workshop. ◆ Poetry Environments with David Morley Saturday 21 June, at Writers’ Centre Norwich Offices 14 Princes St, NR3 Tel: 01603 877 177, firstname.lastname@example.org,www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk
The Poetry School teaches the art of writing poetry through courses, workshops, groups and talks in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Bridport, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Hebden Bridge, Durham, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Cambridge, Norwich and Brighton. For beginners, intermediate and experienced writers, offering online and download courses, email tutorials, structured studies or short bursts of inspiration. Dozens of tutors – all experienced teachers and respected poets. ◆ North West – Summer School: The Poet and History. Three day-long workshops to allow you to get to the heart of the subject. Featuring ‘Soul Stories’ with Segun Lee-French, ‘Art Poems & the Poet’s History’ with Pascale Petit and ‘Trivial Pursuits’ with Maurice Riordan, 22 – 24July. The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX Tel: 020 7582 1679, email@example.com, www.poetryschool.com
The Poetry Trust
The Word Hoard
Text factory, courses run frequently.
Brent Adult & Community Education
HQ 1 Morland Gardens NW10 8DY, 020 8961 3703. Wheelchair access.
Tel: 020 8838 2882
Creative Writes ◆Wednesdays: 1-29 June 2011 (five weeks), 7.30-9.30pm. ◆ Sundays: 5 -19 June 2011 (three weeks), 2-4pm. £60 for 3 wks & £100 for 5 wks. Creative writing workshops led by Nichola Charalambou at North Bank House, Muswell Hill, London N10 Tel: 079 4109 1313, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.creativewrites.co.uk
Diorama Arts Centre
Osnaburgh St, NW1. Contact Survivors’ Poetry.
Tel: 020 7916 5317
Harrow-on-the-Hill Campus, Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3AQ
Tel: 020 8909 6400
Islington Poetry Workshop
Opportunities to present & discuss your poetry in a supportive and friendly group.
FPHC, 12 Pine Grove, N4 Tutors: Frances Presley & Brian Docherty. Contact Frances Presley, 19 Marriott Road, N4
Tel: 020 7272 9023, 020 8340 5974
Creative Writing at the Coombes Croft Library, London N17
Tel: 020 8808 7547, 07956 337 391
North London University
166–220 Holloway Rd, N7 8DB
Tel: 020 7607 2789
Practical Poetry Writing Workshops
For beginners and improvers at Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, Crouch End, London N8. Places are limited to 20. Please book early.
Tel: 020 7263 5586
Creative Writing, Queens Crescent Community Centre, 45 Ashdown Crescent, Gospel Oak NW5 4QE
Tel: 020 7267 6635
Queensland Multi-Media Arts Centre
Unit 4, Blenheim Court, 62 Brewery Road N7
Tel: 0207 607 853
Hosts regular poetry workshops at Bury Street West, Edmonton N9 (329 bus from Wood Green tube)
Tel: 02083663733, 020 8360 7779
University of the Third Age, North London
Contact Keith Richards.
Tel: 020 8445 6120
The Working Men's College
Barking & Dagenham Adult College
Community bookshop & cafe. Runs range of courses, 136-138 Kingsland High Street, E8 Wheelchair access.
Hackney Community College
Creative Writing, Brooke House, Kenninghall Road E5
Tel: 020 7613 9000
Redbridge Institute of Adult Education
Wanstead House Community Assoc, 21 The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT Some disabled access.
Tel: 020 8989 3693
Waltham Forest Adult Education
Lifelong Learning Service, Leyton Municipal Offices, High Rd, Leyton E10 5QJ Wheelchair access.
Tel: 020 8925 5020, 020 8503 6746 (tel/mini-com/fax)
Poetry writing workshop with Jacqueline Gabbitas for adults who are new to poetry or who would like to develop their basic skills. Sat 11am–1pm (monthly) £12 (£10 conc.) per session. Vestry House Museum, Vestry Rd, Walthamstow (5 mins from Walthamstow Central). For more info and to book contact Jacqueline.
Tel: 0845 456 4838
Contact Carol Cornish
Tel: 020 7253 3246
Roehampton University Creative Writing Masterclass.
This term, David Harsent - 'Song Lyrics - Do it your way', 24 Feb; Adam Foulds - 'Inventing People - Creating Characters for Fiction', 26 Feb; Iain Sinclair - 'On the Beat: Beat Poetry, Film and Photography', 10 March; Stephen Romer - 'Translation As Listening', 25 March.
Writing for a Living
18-23 March 2013, Wimbledon Library
A week of practical one-day writing courses in London, covering writing for film, TV, books, journalism and comedy writing by award-winning writer-producer Brendan Foley and Hollywood comedy writer Shelly Goldstein. Details on website.
Tel: 07774 416742 email@example.com http://www.filmfoley.com/?page_id=461
Asian Writers' Workshop
Balbeer Bahi, Tara Arts Centre, 356 Garratt Lane SW18 4ES
Tel: 020 8871 1458
Bexley Adult Education College
Brixtongue Performance Workshops
Singing & performance, MC training, poetry & song writing workshops. Contact Dellmay Parker.
The Cryptwriters at St Peters, near Elephant and Castle, meeting on Thursdays every two weeks, 6.45 – 8.45, led by Gale Burns. See www.cryptwriters.info, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston Adult Eduction
Creative Writing short courses offered year-round. Penrhyn Rd, Kingston KT1 2EE. Contact Penny Tribe.
Tel: 020 8547 7884
Ways into Creative Writing
Tel: 020 8691 5959
Merton Adult College
Richmond Adult & Community College
Many courses, e.g. Creative Writing; Ways into Writing; Contemporary Women's Writing; Finding your Voice. Clifden Road, Twickenham TW1 4LT Some wheelchair access.
Tel: 020 8891 5907, 020 8439 8929
Text phone: 020 8892 5449
Roehampton, Surrey University
Workshop for writers of Asian descent. Examine poetry & fiction from Western & SE Asian traditions. Top floor, Centerprise - see N London, above. £18/£10 for 6 sessions. Contact Pam.
Tel: 020 8292 4937
Sydenham Poetry Group, meets once a month led by Gale Burns. Contact 0208 291 4108 for details.
The Poetry School
Runs year-long courses, one-day workshops and every variety of seminar, lecture and tutorial. Tutors include: Mimi Khalvati, Graham Fawcett, Tamar Yoseloff, Judy Gahagan, Maurice Riordan, Robert Vas Dias, Greta Stoddart, Penelope Shuttle and others.
The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Booking: 0207 582 1679
Spread the Word
Literature Project for South London. Run various courses & workshops. Booking & info: Spread the Word, 77 Lambeth Walk, London SE11
Tel: 020 7735 3111
Sutton College of Learning for Adults
University of the Third Age, South London
Contact Gwen Parrish.
Tel: 020 8858 1985
Wandsworth Adult College
Woolwich & Greenwich Community College
Coffee-House Poetry Summer Workshops
◆ Sundays 12-3.30pm, £28 (concs. £24), walk £18 (concs. £15). Advance booking only. At The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road LONDON SW5 Contact Anne- Marie Fyfe (Organiser) on 020 8354 0660, CoffPoetry@aol.com, www.coffeehousepoetry.org, www.annemariefyfe.com
Hammersmith & Fulham
Hillingdon Adult Education Services
86 Long Lane, Ickenham UB10 8SX
Tel: 01895 676690
Hounslow Adult Education & Training Service
Kensington & Chelsea College
All levels of workshops offered with a variety of tutors. Northampton Sq, EC1V 0HB Chairlift at entrance.
Tel: 020 7040 8268 (course info), 020 7040 5060 (general)
Faber Academy. 23 – 25September. ‘Poetry and Inspiration: A Muse Boost’ with Daljit Nagra, Jo Shapcott and Andrew Motion. An intensive, three day practical course aimed at both new and experienced poets looking for inspiration, seeking to boost their creative output and develop their appreciation of poetic craft. Visit http://www.faber.co.uk/academy/ for more details and to book.
Mary Ward Centre
Morley College Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, Southwark SE1 7HT, 020 7928 8501. New courses commencing in Autumn 2011. See the website at www.morleycollege.ac.uk or email email@example.com for more details.
The Poetry School London Summer School: The Poet and the Body, 18 – 22July 2011. Five day-long workshops led by Linda France, Richard Price, Catherine Smith, Pascale Petit and Karen McCarthy-Woolf. The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX Tel: 020 7582 1679, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.poetryschool.com
Tate Modern. Poetry from Art - three creative writing courses in the galleries led by Pascale Petit. Summer term 6 June – 11 July 2011, 18.45 – 20.15 every Monday evening in the galleries. http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/coursesworkshops/2010poetryfromart.hm
Watkins Esoteric Shop
Westminster Adult Education Service
YWCA Central Club
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