ONLINE 5-week Short Course: Dark Nights, Bright Lines: Winter Poetry (Nov 2022)

with Liz Berry

Mondays, 7-9pm, starting 7 November then 14, 21, 28 November and 5 December 2022

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“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.”

– Rumi

In the dark evenings of Winter, join award winning poet Liz Berry for a series of 5 2-hour sessions to nurture your poetic practice and inspire new writing.

As part of a supportive group, you’ll read, write and share poems to help brighten the season, bring you joy and keep you writing as the year turns.

Poets of all stages are welcome to join this short course, including beginners.



Liz Berry is an award winning poet from the Black Country. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018. Liz’s latest book is The Dereliction (Hercules Editions, 2021), a collaboration with artist Tom Hicks.



The workshop will take place online via Zoom Online Meeting software. It is free to download and you will only need the free version to attend. Please download it and check it is working before the day of the workshop.

Please try and be somewhere you can concentrate and won’t be interrupted. Headphones can be useful if you have some, to cut out other noise.


Short courses 2022:

We are running a mix of short courses and workshops online and in person, so you can choose to attend the session you are the most comfortable with.

All our short courses and workshops are priced at £15 per taught hour.

We understand that not all writers are able to pay for their writing courses to further their career, and we run a Bursary Scheme as a consequence. If you feel you need a bursary, please contact us:


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

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07 Nov 2022