Poetry masterclasses


To enroll: Contact me and tell me where you are in the world. I’ll send you information on how to pay. Payment in £GBP OR $AUD.

Classes to come in 2021 with Glyn Maxwell, Malika Booker, Mona Arshi, Mimi Khalvati, Dai George, Cath Drake and many more!


2021 Poetry Masterclass One

Activate your Poetry with Dr Dai GeorgeThursday 11 February 2021

The power of your poetry comes through the verbs, the actions. Dai George will look at how the verbs you choose and the way you use them can elevate your poetry and help you find fresh approaches to your writing. There’ll be close readings of brilliant poems by Jorie Graham and other contemporary verbal magicians, as well as practical writing exercises to help you play with preciseness and ambiguity, conventional and experimental forms, and connected and fragmentary types of syntax in your poetry. Expand your knowledge, trip up your writing habits, refresh your poetic approach and be more conscious of where the action is!

Dai will recap some of the elements from his The Art of Syntax class in 2020 and build on it – so this class is suitable for those practicing writers who took this class, as well as those who didn’t.

Dai George’s first poetry collection, The Claims Office, was published by Seren Books in 2013 and his second, Karaoke King, is out in 2021. He works as reviews editor for the magazine Poetry London, and holds a PhD in modern poetry and syntax at the prestigious University College London.

Limited to 14 people only. 2hrs long with a short break.

double check your timezones:

UK 9.30am // Western Australia 5.30pm // Australian EST- 8.30pm

£25GBP // $50AUD



2021 Poetry Masterclass Two

Creating Dramatic Effect in Poetry with Glyn MaxwellMonday 22 February

Poet and playwright, Glyn Maxwell will show you how to use dramatic techniques to write engaging poetry. He draws on his decades of experience in publishing poetry, plays and libretto. Glyn will guide you through close readings of canonical poems, and lead enjoyable writing exercises and games to you help you dial up the drama and strengthen voice and character in your writing. 

 Glyn Maxwell is a poet, playwright, novelist, librettist, critic and a sought-after poetry teacher. Awards for his many poetry collections include the Somerset Maugham Prize, the E. M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His work has been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize (three times, including currently for ‘How the Hell are You’), Forward and Whitbread Prizes. His collections include Pluto (2013); One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems (2011); Hide Now (2008); and The Nerve (2002). Many of his plays have been staged in the UK and USA. He has also published ‘On Poetry’, a reader’s guide to poetic craft. He lives in London. glynmaxwell.com

Limited to 14 people only. 2.5hrs long with a short break.

double check your timezones:

UK 9.30am // Western Australia 5.30pm // Australian EST 8.30pm

£28GBP // $52AUD



Dive into imaginative worlds with Caroline Bird – Monday 15th March

Explore imaginative blocks and ideas for jumping off into exciting poetic landscapes led by vivid imagery. Caroline will show you how to plunge into surprising and arresting imagery from the first line and enter worlds that are very real and captivating.

We dream in images. Imagery is the container of emotions, the potency of poetry. Caroline will offer plenty of ideas for creating vivid imagery and leave us with a writing exercise to share together. You’ll be sent a set of poems from Caroline in advance to help bring the workshop to life.

This is a rare opportunity for a small group masterclass with the winner of one of the biggest poetry prizes in 2020, The Forward Prizes. Caroline Bird is a poetry prodigy who published her first collection at 15 and she’s particularly well known for astonishing leaps of imagination and imagery.

Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright. She has six collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, The Air Year, won The Forward Prize for Poetry 2020, and was shortlisted for the Costa Prize. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and The Ted Hughes Award. A two-time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published by Carcanet in 2002 when she was 15. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 and the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010. She was one of the five official poets at the 2012 London Olympics.

Double check your timezones:

UK 9.30am // Western Australia 5.30pm // Australian EST 8.30pm

£25GBP // $50AUD

Limited to 14 people only. The session is 1.5 hours in total: one hour-long workshop with Caroline, followed by writing together with Cath Drake for half an hour.

New programme for 2021! https://cathdrake.com/2020/12/16/new-year-programme-launched/