ONLINE 5-week Short Course: Starting to Write Poetry

with Jane Commane, poet and publisher

Starting Friday 17 July 2020

5 session course, released weekly on a Friday for 5 weeks then available for 2 months after the last date


Join us in our virtual classroom for a five-week short course where you can choose how you follow and work.

Run by Jane Commane, poet and publisher. Jane founded and runs Nine Arches Press.

You’ll learn about poetry in all its forms, as you write from scratch or develop work you’ve already begun.

At the same time you’ll learn about what publishers need and why.

It’s about how to get started, how to keep going and then how to finish.

The course will be self-led, so you can go at your own pace. The online software is simple and easy to navigate, and you can pause and come back to it as often as you wish.

The teaching is a mix of video, written information and instructions, and writing challenges for you to complete.

This course is open to all abilities, particularly those new to writing, or new to writing poetry.



Jane Commane is a poet, writer and editor based in the Midlands, UK. Her first full-length collection, Assembly Lines, is published by Bloodaxe Books (February 2018). Jane has worked as a poet, writing tutor and mentor for the last ten years, and  led many writing workshops. Jane was poet in residence at the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth and has been commissioned to provide workshops for Girl Guiding UK, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Birmingham Literature Festival, amongst many others. Jane is also a publisher and editor at Nine Arches Press; co-editor of Under the Radar magazine; co-organiser (with Jonathan and Maria Taylor) of the Leicester Shindig poetry series; and co-author (with Jo Bell) of How to Be a Poet, a creative writing handbook and blog series.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you do not complete the course. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses (online and in-person) are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

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17 Jul 2020



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