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Start Writing Poetry

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Pen and paper

Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, three weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have already taken your first steps towards writing poetry, this course will develop your craft.

It’ll help you create and edit poems, considering form, tone and rhythm, and have the option of selecting your best poem to be published in a limited edition pamphlet.

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Course Dates

7th October 2017 – 21st October 2017

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Course Description

This practical course is designed to support writers in developing their craft, and is open to beginners and more experienced writers who are new to poetry.

On this course you will:

  • develop and hone your skills in writing poetry
  • experience the stages in the process of creating a poem and preparing it for publication, from inception to completion
  • undertake poetry writing exercises
  • read poetry and short texts about the process of writing
  • begin to create a body of work that you can continue to work on beyond the course
  • receive high-quality feedback on your work in a supportive environment
  • work with a tutor to identify the next steps for your writing.

There’ll be some readings in the workshops but there is also scope, if participants are willing, to arrange a public reading of the work.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have developed the confidence and skills to continue writing poems independently, or perhaps want to take further studies in the future.

Tutor profile: Zayneb Allak is a writer and teacher. She has worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, teaching students of all ages and backgrounds, but now calls Nottingham home.

She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from NTU, where she works as a Research Associate in Critical Poetics and Lecturer in English Literature. She also teaches on the BA in Creative Writing at Nottingham University.

Her poetry has appeared in The Rialto and New Walk and she’s currently putting together a full-length collection.  She’s interested in how writing is made and ways in which the creative process can surprise and unsettle us.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813