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Mentoring Programme




For over forty years Jim Bennett has been teaching and mentoring poets many have gone on to be published in magazines and anthologies around the world, win competitions and have collections of their poetry published. 


Even if you just want to improve your writing on a personal level, or learn new techniques or how to adapt poetic devices, or to find your own voice, we can help you to achieve that.


If you want to see more of your poetry getting into print, to understand what editors are looking for, to know that your poetry is as good as it can be, we can help you achieve that. 


If you need help putting together a booklet or collection, we can help you achieve that. 


All mentoring is personal and conducted by Jim Bennett, the length of time taken will depend on response times from students, but each programme consists of 10 units we allow up to nine months for the completion of the programme although it can be completed in.   The cost of individual mentoring by Jim Bennett is £110 but places are limited. 

Writing can be a very solitary occupation and having reliable feedback is essential to developing as a fully rounded and compelling poet. Everyone is different so it is essential to find support that is right for you.  Here at Poetry Kit we have been offering guidance, support and helping poets to recognise their potential for over 25 years. And Jim Bennett who runs the mentoring programme has been doing that personally for over forty years and has guided the careers of poets from novices to internationally known names in the field of poetry.  This is an opportunity to be guided by one of the finest tutors of poetry.  To lean more than you thought possible, to understand the fundamental craft in a way you might never have discovered for yourself,, and to see how you can realise your potential as a poet.  This is the Poetry Kit Mentoring Programme.

Our programme is very fluid and although there a many prepared sessions, we may use all or none of them, this is mentoring for a poet and the poet is the most important person in this process. We are here to encourage and engage with the poet in a way that will bring them confidence and help them to recognise what they are capable of and show them the path to their own personal success.


Duration - The mentoring consists of 30 lessons and can be completed in approx 20 weeks.


Mentoring Programme – This is one to one mentoring.   In each session there are challenges, exercises or projects to complete.  Ideas are discussed and foundations for poems developed with assistance and feedback, working through drafts to completed poems. This is a mentoring experience that will work with strengths and identify weaknesses in writing style, all content chosen to meet the needs of the poet. The mentoring is over a period of 10 sessions, at the end of that you should have portfolio of poems which are complete and further poems in draft which are being worked through. The purpose of this programme is to offer individual mentoring and the time taken will depend on the speed of the student.  


Mentoring can be taken up to five times.

The sessions work in a number of ways ways; the first is a challenge to write a poem in a particular way, or on a particular subject or with particular tools. The poet will produce a draft and then we will look at ways to develop, improve or change the poem.  The poem is developed in this way until it is complete. (copyright of the poems produced on any of our courses remains with the poet)


We also consider any bad habits in the poet’s writing.  We all have these, particularly if you write a lot or have been writing for a long time, and show you how these can be eliminated.  The second type of poem will be any that the poet wants to write and feel they need some advice about, in this case we will work in the same way with that.


We also have exercises on different poetic elements; some of these will be very easy, while others might bring on a bit of head scratching, but all are designed to encourage and ensure that te poets development is on an upward trajectory..  


Some poets join the mentoring programme because they want to work on a collection or produce a new sequence of work.  Others just want to write for themselves and their family.  Whatever is needed we will be able to assist the poet  to produce fine poetry that they will be proud of.

Fee – The course fee is £110 (UK£)   You can pay the fee and enrol below


Bursaries - We have bursaries available for longer courses and application is easy and non-intrusive.  So if you would like to be considered for one of those packages please write to bursaries@poetrykit.org  


   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.


If you have any questions please email - courses@poetrykit.org



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