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Course content

Our Writing Poetry MA will develop your creative ability through practice, discussion and revision. You'll work with established poets and writers to refine your work. You'll also consider the processes of writing and develop advanced editing skills.

Our flexible course allows you to enhance your writing and develop your practice. You'll receive expert tuition from distinguished and experienced poets and poetry teachers. You'll progress in a structured way, receiving formal recognition for your work.

You can choose to study either in Newcastle or London. Newcastle University leads the North East cohort. The London course is run in collaboration with The Poetry School.

The course is firmly rooted in the publishing, performing and promoting poetry world. You will work with established poets:
-Clare Pollard (London)
-Tamar Yoseloff (London)
-Tara Bergin (Newcastle)
-Bill Herbert (Newcastle)
-Sean O’Brien (Newcastle)
-Jacob Polley (Newcastle, Degree Programme Director)

You will also receive tuition from guest tutors. Our guest tutors are from The Poetry School and Newcastle University's teaching communities.

Both sites offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences, including:
-Digital projects and platforms
-Live events
-Collaborative projects
-Commissioning opportunities

By the end of the course, you will have:
-Advanced your creative ability through practice, discussion and revision
-An advanced awareness of the processes of writing in your own work and that of others
-A range of knowledge on the writing of poetry in English
-Knowledge of the professional world of writing and publishing
-The ability to edit and prepare poetry for submission and publication
-A sensitivity to verbal creativity
-An advanced ability to understand and judge the timing and duration of creative projects

Summer school

Each year both cohorts come together for a one week summer school. The summer school alternates between the two cities each year.

The summer schools will focus on professional skills related to:
-Creative writing teaching techniques
-The publishing industry and literary world
-Residency work

The summer school also offers huge scope for innovation and working with other partners. This could include galleries, poetry films and the use of digital resources.


The Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) is home to a vibrant writing community. You can get involved with readings and events featuring poets, playwrights and novelists. Past guests include Carol Ann Duffy, Carolyn Forché and Seamus Heaney.

Through our Write Around the Toon project we also have a network of placements and partners. This enables you to collaborate, make new contacts and gain experience in the creative industries.


You'll study at the Poetry School in Lambeth, a short walk from Waterloo and the South Bank. The Saison Poetry Library, British libraries and London's central cultural hubs are nearby.

You'll have the opportunity to enrich your practice through The Poetry School's many collaborations. The Poetry School is embedded in the poetry world with links to other poetry and arts organisations. You'll be situated at the centre of a thriving poetry community.

A large and varied short course programme runs alongside the MA. You can choose to access these courses for a supplementary fee.


We offer the course part time over 23 months, running from October to September.

You can choose to study in either Newcastle or London. All classes are in the evening if studying at Newcastle and during the day in London.

As well as attending weekly classes, you'll take part in our one week summer schools.

Visit the Writing Poetry - MA page on the Newcastle University website for more details!





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