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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

 

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  MAY  2024

May 5th -  28th

 

Making a Point  (NEW)

Sometimes it can be difficult to put across a point of view without appearing to be hecktoring, patronising or didactic..   In this course we will be looking at ways in which the poet can make their point while at the same time presenting the poem to the reader in a way that will get them to think and perhaps decide that they might agree with points they might not have thought about before. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –

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A Different Way to See

Sometimes we want to write a poem but end up dissatisfied with the results this is a short course to introduce you to new ways to see and engage with an object or subject.  Develop a new perspective that will enhance your poetry and build a deeper understanding.  There will be some aspects of poetry explored on this course that you probable have never thought of in the way that we will look at them.  The course will be conducted online over 3 weeks at a cost of £30.

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Puzzles in Poetry

This three-week course will look at the different ways that poems can be used to play tricks on the reader. From enigmatic content to puzzles that depend on the layout and form of the poem.  Poetry has a long history of being used in this way and even by code makers.  But here we will be looking at the way that this can add depth and interest to the poem. 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=TUKZRRRJC9VMY

 

Unexpected Poetry

This three week course looks at the way we can use unexpected connections to develop poetry.  We will look at different starting points and where they take us.  Learn to recognise the fundamental sparks that can set us on the road to unexpected poetry.  . The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30  -

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Seasons

Poets have always been inspired by the seasons.  And the subtle changes they bring stand as metaphor and symbols for events in life as well as presenting colour and background.  This course will look at how the poet can use the season to best advantage and deliver poems that engage with the seasons, and how the season can add layers of meaning in a poem.  The course is conducted over 3 weeks at a cost of £30 –

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The Right Word

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

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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

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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 – 

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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 –

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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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SHORT COURSES FOR JUNE 2024

 

JUNE  3rd – 24th JUNE

 

Time, Timing and Pace in Poems (NEW)

Rhythm and pace in a poem can convey a lot of meaning and add levels and tone and develop mood as the poem is being read.  This is an important way to convey meaning and tone in the delivery.  This is fine when the poem is being read by the poet but how do we build this into the poem so that it conveys to the reader these ideas of how the poem should be read and understood.  This can add more interest and meaning to the poem.  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=MHPRG2HW9BARJ

 

Poetic Truth

In this course we will be looking at how poetry approaches truth.  We will be looking at what truth is and how it is represented in poetry and looking at poems that present experiences and how these are presented to the reader to best effect.  We will also look at how a fiction can be used to emphasise a bigger truth.  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=NLHWJFEBY8RKN

 

Making it Real

How do you make something in a poem appear real and authentic for the reader?  How can you make something real that is very hard to describe, or make a person in a poem feel like a real person?  How do you avoid cliché and caricature?   These are just some of the issues that we will explore in this short course. The course will be conducted online over 3 weeks at a cost of £30.

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Poetic Devices

In this short course we will be looking at a variety of poetic devices that can be used to enhance your poetry and add layers of interest and musicality to it.  Poetic devices when properly used and understood  can help make the poem sound more natural for the voice and more in keeping with  a strong poetic.  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=D2S89VJS959LU

 

Finding Inspiration

This three week course looks at finding inspiration and ways engage with different subjects.   We will look at ways to prepare and collect thoughts into a start point for a poem and strategies to develop poems from a variety of possibilities. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30

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Journeys

This three-week course will be looking at Journeys and how they can inform all aspects of poetry.  From actual journeys to new places, through embodying journey as a metaphor to engaging with the journey through life.  There are many ways to approach this, and we will be looking at many of those and seeing how the ideas can be used in our poems.   The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –

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Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction

This short course will explore both Prose Poetry and introduce Flash Fiction.  These two discipline areas have grown in interest over the past years and many magazines publish pieces alongside other styles of poetry creating even more interest in them.  Both are here to stay so this course will provide an introduction to these exciting forms. The course will be conducted over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –

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A Cabinet of Curiosities – Objects in Poetry

This course will be focusing on objects and how they can be used in poetry.  We will look at strategies to help the poet to use objects and to look at juxtaposition and metaphor.  The importance of an “object” as a symbol or metaphor and how this can enhance a poem.  The cost of the course is 30

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Sense and nonsense - the poetry of the surreal

Surreal or nonsense poetry has a strong history in the development of poetry.  Its place today is less sure but this course seeks to introduce poets to the ideas surrealism and how these can benefit a poem.  On this course we will look at the origins of the surreal and how it is still applicable and can produce some spectacular results.  The cost of this course is £30

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New Poetry Workshop

This three week course looks at new ways to find subjects, write, edit and publish poems.  This is a challenging course that asks poets to look at these issues in a new way. Ideal for those wanting to write more and to have more tools available. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –

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Poetry in changing times

This is a short online course for poets who want to look at the way their poetry can stay relevant in changing times.  We will be looking at relevance, authenticity and voice as cornerstones for producing poems that engage with change. We will look at personal, scientific and imagined responses.   The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 -

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Ekphrastic Poetry- Part 2

This is a continuation course from our original Ekphrastic Poetry Course. 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 broader range of Ekphrastic poetry.  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

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Poetry and Music

This course looks at the interaction between poetry and music, how music can inspire poetry and the use of poetry as lyric.  The musical properties of poetry, rhythm and line choices, and new ways to use sonic devices in poetry.  We will be looking for many opportunities to develop these ideas into poems. Full feedback and help will be given during the course. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –

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Writing Poetry for Children

This is a short online course for poets who would like to write poetry for children. On this workshop course we will look at what works in poetry for children and what does not.  Language and imagery, metaphor and how children see the world.  Holding a young person’s interest and storytelling through 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=VS2TUQGPXYQFS

 

Poems in the everyday

The poet interacts with the world in a variety of ways. This short course we will look at how the poet can interact with the world and find poems in everyday events. .We also look at journaling and notebooks.+ 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=YBZH2UU6PN6WG

 

Journals, Diaries and Dreams

This three-week course looks at notebooks and journals as a key resource for writers and poets. Learn more about how these can be used and how to use them more effectively, recording events and snapshots, scrapbooking and dreams and how to use these in poetry. The course costs  £30

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Sonnet Workshop

This short 3 week course looks at the sonnet in its traditional form and how poets are rediscovering it as a vehicle in contemporary poetry. This has alwys been a popular form but in many ways not fully understood.  This course will focus on producing sonnets and discovering possibilities in the form that have  not been considered. The cost of this course costs £30.

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Metaphor and Revelation in Poetry

This 3 week course looks at the transformative qualities of metaphor in poetry.  The way metaphor can be used in exciting ways to bring new revelation and understanding in a poem.  We will look at metaphor different ways and see how important it is.  The cost of this course costs £30.

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Exploring Symbols and Myth

Poems can use myth and symbols to explore modern themes. Myths and symbols come from our joint experience and can be used to add deeper meaning in a poem.  This three week course will focus on understanding and incorporating these devices in poetry. The cost of this course cost is £30.

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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 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 - All courses are 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 and other Universities. He has worked on developing educational and training courses for a number of 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)