The Writers' Greenhouse

NEW: Poetry-writing course

I'm planning a poetry-writing course for February to March 2019. It's still being designed, so there's no course outline online yet – if you're interested and would like updates, you can add your email below, and I'll keep you posted.

The course will be accessible for complete beginners as well as those with more experience of writing poems. I belive poetry should be open to everyone, as a fun and valuable part of our human creative repertoire.

Some of the aspects the course will cover are...

  • a wide variety of forms (things like sonnets, haiku, etc), including free-verse forms, to play with and explore
  • the magic of natural English word stress and sentence stress, and how that shapes a poem's rhythm / metre
  • tricks and techniques with rhyme and the effects of rhyme, plus other musical effects of repeated sounds
  • the tangible versus abstracts and working in imagery and metaphor
  • the "poetic" – the leaps, unlikely phrases, and unusual language unique to poetry
Fill out my online form.
Poetry course, coming soon


7 Feb – 28 Mar 2019

If the Thursday course fills up, I'll run an additional course on

6 Feb – 27 Mar 2019

so if you can't do Thursdays, I can pencil you in for Wednesdays


Upper Wolvercote (North Oxford). There's free parking, a great bus route (#6), and beautiful canal-side walking routes.


240 total for 8 weeks, payable in instalments with a 40 deposit






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