What opportunities will this course give me?

We offer a variety of creative leisure courses. Please visit our website at www.eastleigh.ac.uk for more details.

What will I be learning?

This is a short 5 week course which will serve as an introduction to the basics of writing and reading poetry. There is room to expand the course if desired.

Why is this course for me?

Poetry has always been seen as the more esoteric side of creative writing. Many writers wish they could write poetry, but feel that it is somehow beyond them. Couple that with a far greater lexicon and more than its fair share of gatekeepers, and you're left with a field that feels very walled off.

Poetry should be accessible to everyone, and it belongs to everyone. Poems have always been a central part of every culture and counterculture, across the world, for thousands of years. It's all around us, and many people don't realise it.

* Week 1: Building Blocks - Students will learn the jargon associated with poetry, structures used, the difference between rhythm and rhyme, as well as their respective uses in poetry. We will also go over different types of poems and look at examples of common categories.

* Week 2: Poetic Language - Students will learn to incorporate different soundplay techniques to elevate their message and apply musicality to their poetry.

* Week 3: Developing Voice - We will look at how poets develop their styles and voices, and how to do that ourselves. Students will learn how to use their own experiences and backgrounds to make their poetry truly their own, as well as experiment with different styles. There will also be some time spent on the written and spoken forms of a poem and how those interact.

* Week 4: Found Poetry and Inspiration - The session will cover the various ways to produce found poetry, as well as exercises to practice. We will also cover other ways to develop new ideas, as well as themes for collections of poetry.

* Week 5: Next Steps - Students will learn what they can do with their poetry. We will cover putting together chapbooks, submitting poems and some suggestions of where they can do so, open mic nights, as well as places to further build their collections and enjoy a community of poets.

What do I need to sign up?

This course is suitable for all, especially those who are new to poetry; anyone suitably motivated can join.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Please bring pen and paper to the class.

No additional costs are anticipated.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

Course Code


Course Options

Click an option below to see more details and to apply.

23/1/2021 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

Session code





09:30 – 12:30





24+: £33.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
C970Y Eastleigh College 23/1/2021 Sat 09:30 – 12:30 1 £33.00 £33.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.