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A Poetry Kit Poetry Course is available wherever you are.  If you are online you can take a course.
You need nothing more than an interest in improving as a poet.

 

  

UPCOMING SHORT COURSES

can be booked by paying the fee using the PayPal link below the required course. 

 

A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECT SPECIFIC COURSES FOR ALL

MOST COURSES ARE OVER 3 WEEKS AT A COST OF 30

DECEMBER POETRY COURSE

 

December Poetry Workshop

3 weeks of holiday poetry fun to fit around your shopping and holiday preparations.  Poetry exercises that will inspire you to engage with the season like never before. We will be looking to develop poems from the small events and the large, from the personal to nature and the time of year. This will be a fun workshop with the serious intent to produce some fine poetry.   The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 –

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Because we appreciate your support the fee is reduced to 20 for anyone who has taken one of our other courses at any time. For the reduced fee please use this link.

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Reprise a course for 20

Many of our students want to repeat a course and it seems unfair to ask for a full fee so if you want to repeat a course and submit new poems for the tasks then it will cost only 20 using the payment link. Do remember to write and let us know which course you want.

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SPECIAL OFFER

Book any two of these short courses for 50 using the link below, and then please write to us at info@poetrykit.org to let us know which two courses you would like.

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SHORT COURSES FOR JANUARY 2023  -   9th January 2023 - 30th January 2023

 

The Right Word   (NEW)

Mark Twain said “To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement.” And it is true that a well-chosen word can bring a poem to life and a poorly chosen word can stifle it.  In this course we will be looking at how the choice of a single word can set the tone and mood in a poem, and even be used to engage with a subtext that create layers in a poem’s understanding.  The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 – 

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Developing the Craft

This three-week course looks at developing a number of craft elements that will help the poet to produce modern freeform poetry.  Understanding how and when to use some poetic devices that will engage with the reader can be the key to writing engaging poetry.  The cost of this course is 30 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WENDB4T6SAGCS

 

Writing Ekphrastic Poetry

The aim of this course is to look at the different approaches that can be taken to bring new insights to poems that engage with a piece of visual art.  During the course poets will be asked to respond to a series of paintings using a variety of techniques. Poems will be workshopped and full feedback given. The cost of this course is 30 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=H8J5AMXL8FTFN

 

Writing in traditional forms

This three week course looks at new modern ways to use traditional forms.  These forms can be ways for poets to grow the tools available and to find new ways to say what they want.  These forms can produce memorable and exciting ways to explore modern topics.  This is a challenging course that asks poets to look at some traditional forms in new ways. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 –

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Poetry and the Natural world

This is a short online course for poets who want to look at the ways to engage with  the naural world, and look at the impact of human activities on the world around us.  On this course we will move from the romantic view of nature to the urban landscape and to the impact of human activity. We will be looking at and writing poetry relevant to our changing world.  The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 –

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Poetry and Science

This short online course looks at how poetry can interface with different sciences and provide a way to use exciting ideas in poetry, and how poetry can interpret a scientific world view.   Starting with geology, and onto physics and astronomy.  You do not need a scientific background just an interest in finding new ways to develop poetry. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 –

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Images, short forms, and haiku

This course looks at the role played by images in poetry.  It considers their use in short forms and how they can be used to develop engaging and memorable poems.  As part of this process, we will be looking at the opportunities and challenges presented by short forms including haiku.  The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 -

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Strategies for Writing Poetry

What do you do when you hit a point when the ideas and ability that you rely on for writing poetry dry up.  This happens to most writers from time to time, and on this course, we will look at proven strategies to get past this point.  This is a course suitable for everyone even if you do not have a problem as these are strategies to help approach poetry in new ways.  The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 –  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YSCXM42LTKWGU

 

Adventures in Poetry

This short course looks at ways to approach poetry and to consider it in a wider context.  We will look at new ways to engage with poetry and the reader.  To present poetry in new ways and to bring a freshness to your writing. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 –

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The language of shape

Lines and Stanza.  Understanding the way structure influences the way the poem is received.  Different ways to engage with line and shape in poetry.  Using end stopping and enjambment and caesura to add interest and structure in a poem.  Standard and non-standard punctuation in modern poetry.   The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 –  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YRKQFPDXJT2VY

 

Poetry and Science

This short online course looks at how poetry can interface with different sciences and provide a way to use exciting ideas in poetry, and how poetry can interpret a scientific world view.   Starting with geology, and onto physics and astronomy.  You do not need a scientific background just an interest in finding new ways to develop poetry. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of 30 –

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=2RJQ37ZF587LW

 

Phycogeography and Place in Poetry

This short course looks at ways in which the poet and the reader are

influenced by place.  How the urban environment can feed into the poetry and becomes an essential setting.  We also look at the way place influences the interpretation of the poem and how to develop a sense of place in poetry.  The cost of the course is 30

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SPECIAL OFFER

Book any two short courses for 50 using the link below, and then please write to us at info@poetrykit.org to let us know which two courses you would like.

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   The Tutor - Mentoring is presented by Jim Bennett who is a highly experienced poet and lecturer having delivered courses in creative writing for the University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University. He has worked on developing educational and training courses for other universities and institutions. Jim is a full time professional poet who earns his living from writing poetry and lecturing. He has won many awards over a forty year writing career. He is currently the Course Director for The Poetry Kit.  He has written 79 books, including books for children, training manuals and books of poetry.  He has won many awards for his work including the McMillan Prize, and three DADA Fest awards.  Click image on the right to read some of Jim's poetry.

 

 

Voted by Poetry Superhighway readers "Best Online Poetry Resource"

 

"...a full range of interesting and challenging courses." Lit Training

 

From the newsletter of the NZ Poetry Society. -  My Poetry Kit Experience

"Jim Bennett knows his poetry, that is clear. He has a relaxed, easy manner and provides feedback that is productive, encouraging and confidence building.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, from start to finish, so much so that I have now enrolled in 'Poetry 2'." JS   (Part 1 Course)

 

"I have learned so much from you, I really appreciate everything you have taught me. I feel I've grown so much as a poet." CG (Pt2 Course)

"I have learnt a lot from this course, ... I feel that I am better able to structure my poetry, and give it more focus."  IC (Pt1 Course)

"Thanks so much for the excellent course. It's an amazing value for money and I'd recommend it to anyone unreservedly." LK (Foundation)

"I thought I knew it all, the first thing I learned was that I didn't"  AG (Mentoring)