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FREE | Pen to Print: Online Poetry Classes

September 3, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am EDT


Join Anna Robinson for guidance on your initial approach to writing and developing your poetry skills.

About this event

Session One: What is Poetry?

A sonnet, a triolet, a ballad, free verse, concrete, prose – all of these are types of poems – and yet, they all look and sound very different from each other. Participants will work towards a definition and write a defining poem!

Course outline:

The Poetry classes are on a drop in basis and appropriate for all levels from beginner to published. Within the course, participants will explore alternative voices, (re)presentation, other stories and what our sense of place might be in an urban poetry.

The classes are two hours long. In general, each month participants will spend the first hour looking at a different aspect of poetry, read some poems that explore that aspect and discuss them, and try their hands at some writing. In the second hour participants will give feedback on their poems in progress.

Taught by Anna Robinson, a London working class poet whose latest collection Whatsname Street was published by Smokestack Books in 2021.

NB: Please bring up to x15 copies of your poems for workshopping on the day or post it in the supporting Google Classroom.

Please note there is a supporting Google Classroom for this course and the direct link to join can be found in confirmation email under the Additional information section.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please directly get in touch with us at [email protected]

If you are not sure if this class is for you or would like more information, please contact us to discuss. Ask the organiser or email: [email protected]

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The remaining sessions will be held in-person at Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, IG11 7NB on the following dates:

  • 8 October 2022
  • 5 November 2022
  • 3 December 2022
  • 14 January 2023
  • 4 February 2023
  • 4 March 2023
  • 1 April 2023
  • 6 May 2023
  • 3 June 2023
  • 1 July 2023
  • NB: May feature content that some people may find upsetting, uses language or depicts scenes reflecting attitudes that are no longer seen as acceptable
  • Booking is essential. Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to remove participants who are found not to have booked a place for a session
  • Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to unenroll a participant from a course and explore an alternative approach to supporting them on their writing journey, if we feel that a class is unsuitable for that participant
  • Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to remove participants who are disruptive to a session


September 3, 2022
8:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
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