Online Course

Poetry: The Essentials (Level 1)

Liz Berry
Course starts 8 January
12 weeks

Where do poems begin? How can we make language sing? Whether you're new to writing poems or have dabbled in the past, join Forward Prize winner Liz Berry on a journey into the transformative world of poetry.

Liz's debut Black Country (Chatto & Windus) was selected as a poetry ‘book of the year’ by The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Big Issue. In 2016 she was a Forward Poetry Prize judge. 

You'll read inspiring poets, explore how poems take shape, and begin to create and share your own work with a friendly supportive group.

“Liz was very supportive and encouraging but also able to push each and every poem to be a little more” – Participant, May 2016

“Liz was wonderful. Her feedback extremely useful. I learnt a lot from her descriptions of how she approaches her own poetry” - Participant, May 2016

“Liz was fantastic. Her advice was sensitively put. She is a great motivator” – Participant, Jan 2016

Find out more about how Creative Writing Online works by downloading the brochure.

How to apply

To apply for Level 1 Poetry, please fill out the application form below. Along with your contact details and your choice of course, you will be asked to complete the following exercise:

  • A letter of introduction which tells me about a poem you really love or that means something to you and why you like it; some of the poets you enjoying reading; and what brought you to the course.

Once your application has been submitted, a member of the WCN team will be in touch within 10 working days to confirm whether you have been successful. You will then be sent a payment link for your course.

Application deadline: Monday 18 December 2017

About Liz Berry

Liz Berry's debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star. Liz’s poems have been broadcast on BBC radio, television and recorded for the Poetry Archive. She has been a judge for major prizes including The Forward Prizes for Poetry and Foyle Young Poets and works as a tutor for The Arvon Foundation and Writers' Centre Norwich.

‘Black Country is an extraordinary debut rooted in place. When you close the book, you can still see the Black Country in your mind's eye, as if all the poems in it were coming together to form a continuous landscape’ - Kate Kellaway, The Guardian

‘The great poets make it seem effortless, Liz Berry's poetry sings’ - Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6

Read Liz's course outline

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