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Best Poetry Creative Writing Classes in 2023

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This directory of creative writing courses will help you find the right class for you. Simply filter by genre, price, and location to find the writing class that best fits your needs.

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Writing Sprints is an exercise-intensive course designed to “unstick” writers struggling to start or continue new projects, boosting writing productivity. The course relies heavily on writing exercises (for both fiction & nonfiction writers). Students will produce a ton of new work in this class, and receive feedback on that work from the instructor and his or her classmates.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Poetry

Level: Any

Class size: 10

Price: $550.00

Start date: June, 2023

Website: https://sackettworkshop.com/writing/2022/11/05/8-week-onl...


Writing Sprints is an exercise-intensive course designed to “unstick” writers struggling to start or continue new projects, boosting writing productivity. The course relies heavily on writing exercises (for both fiction & nonfiction writers). Students will produce a ton of new work in this class, and receive feedback on that work from the instructor and his or her classmates.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Poetry

Level: Any

Class size: 10

Price: $600.00

Start date: May, 2023

Website: https://sackettworkshop.com/writing/2023/01/04/8-wk-in-pe...


The Professional Certificate in Creative Writing is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to write in a variety of creative writing genres. You will learn core creative writing skills and choose from a selection of electives.

Prerequisites: You must take several courses within program to qualify for certificate.

Location: San Diego

Categories: Poetry

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Price: $3,510.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://extendedstudies.ucsd.edu/courses-and-programs/cre...

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Creative Writing Academy

Georgetown University


Transform your dreams, ideas, and stories into organized, compelling, creative written works with lectures by renowned literary figures from around the D.C. area, dynamic courses with Georgetown graduate student instructors, and insightful, productive feedback from your peers.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Washington

Categories: Poetry

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Price: $3,225.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://summer.georgetown.edu/programs/SHS07/creative-wri...


As we tailor every course personally to the particular writer, each creative writing course is tailored explicitly to you and what you want to write and achieve. However, we base all the courses on the same underlying course structure: 1 one-hour introductory session; 8 one-hour tutorial sessions; and 6 months between the introductory session and the final tutorial session.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: London

Categories: Poetry

Level: Any

Class size: Private

Price: £2,100.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.inkacademy.co.uk/creative-writing-course/


In this workshop, we will read and comment upon each other's poems, and while doing so we will also attempt to develop our own theories of poetry that take into consideration our particular worldviews in order to make our poems, to the fullest extent possible, extensions of our particular worldviews.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Seattle

Categories: Poetry

Level: Beginner

Class size: Limited

Price: $1,450.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.glenworkshop-store.com/index.php?dispatch=pro...

Creative Writing Summer School

Manchester Writing School


The course will introduce you to tutors and current students and offer opportunities to develop your own writing – and reading – in a lively and supportive environment. The programme will include a choice of in-person or online masterclass workshops, seminars and talks, delivered by practising writers and critics, with input from special guests.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Manchester

Categories: Poetry

Level: Beginner

Course length: 2 days (Full day)

Class size: Limited

Price: £250.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/english/courses/short/creative/#sum...

Creative Writing: Introduction

University of Toronto


If you're just getting started as a writer and haven't yet decided on a literary direction, this course gives you the opportunity to try a number of different genres. Half of each class is devoted to a workshop. The other half is devoted to discussing an aspect of literary technique.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Toronto

Categories: Poetry

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (2.5 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $599.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://learn.utoronto.ca/programs-courses/courses/1664-c...

Writing Poetry

University of Oxford


How can poetic form help me to turn the passion and intensity of life into memorable expressions? Poetry can seem like a members-only club. This course is designed to demystify poetic composition, and to help students to gain the confidence to produce poems of their own.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Poetry

Level: Beginner

Course length: 10 sessions (10 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: £535.00

Start date: March, 2023

Website: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/writing-poetry-online

Introduction to Personal Essay

Writing Workshops


Taught by New York Times Columnist and Novelist Diana Spechler. There is no form more timeless, or more timely, than the personal essay. But without guidance, writing narrative about your own life can be daunting. This class will explore those questions and others.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Poetry

Level: Any

Course length: Est. 8 weeks (Self-paced with asynchronous teaching)

Class size: Limited

Price: $495.00

Start date: January, 2023

Website: https://writingworkshops.com/products/8-week-online-intro...


This class is about your poems. Through generative exercises and assignments, you will develop new approaches and skills within your poetry writing. We will learn how to interpret and discuss poetry by examining different elements of craft each week: everything from sound and form to structure and metaphor.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Poetry

Level: Beginner

Course length: Est. 8 weeks (Self-paced with asynchronous teaching)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $495.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://writers.com/course/the-foundations-of-poetry


This workshop is an introduction to the craft of poetry. During the workshop we will look closely at some of the defining characteristics of poetry—the line and stanza, images, rhythm and sound, the dynamics of tone and point of view, the interplay of movement and stillness, and the difficult, critical work of revision.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Poetry

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (1.5 hours)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $495.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://writers.com/course/opening-the-door-to-poetry

How to choose a poetry writing class

Looking to build your writing skillset, learn more about your genre, or finally finish that poem you’ve been working on? You’re in the right place. That’s why we built this directory of the best writing courses.

However, creative writing classes aren’t one size fit all. If you’re planning to join a poetry writing class in particular, you’ll want to make sure that it matches what you’re seeking to learn about poetry writing.

So make sure to consider the following questions when you’re researching poetry writing courses:

  • Who is the instructor? How many years of experience do they have in poetry writing?
  • Is there something in particular you’d like to learn about poetry writing? Does this course include it?
  • How long is the course, and where is it taught?
  • How much does the poetry writing course cost? Does it fit into your budget?

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