Online Poetry Course
Everyone has a life full of poetry!
Be inspired and motivated to complete your collection of poems with this online poetry course
"The regular sessions have helped me become more disciplined as a writer. I have now have a full collection written and am ready to start submitting to publishers.
It has been a brilliant course overall, well-structured and truly inspirational. Thanks!" Judith, Otley
Achieve your Writing Dreams
Part One - Planning and Getting Started:
Deciding on a theme and gathering material.
Looking at other poets and theory in relation to form, structure and content.
Drafting first batch of poems in a variety of forms using lots of inspirations.
Part Two - Building your Collection:
Developing and honing poetry skills such as pace, vocabulary, rhythm and imagery.
Continuing to draft and re-draft new poems.
Part Three - The Professional Poet:
Editing, presentation, outlets for poetry and publication.
Living, networking and promotion as a writer
You will complete at least one to two poems from each session, therefore will have a collection of 26 to 52 poems by the end of the course.
Two Course Plans are Available (with an instalment option)
"This is a clear and flexible, programme offering an introduction to a variety of poetry in its diverse forms. It develops skill as a poet and shows not only how to write but how to present work professionally.
It also offers a range of tools and techniques for use in our own poetry. I am looking forward immensely to the rest of the course.” J Wickes, Leeds
Why wait? Sign up now and receive the first session.
Prepare to feel proud of yourself - the course structure will ensure completion of your poetry collection within one year.
Editing and submission advice will be given so you're ready to market directly to your readers using the 'indie publishing' option or you will be supported to go down the traditional route and submit to publishers, anthologies and competitions.
My Risk-Free Promise
You will love this online poetry course and it will help you achieve your dream of being a published poet.
I am so confident of this that I promise a refund within the first 30 days, should you decide it's not for you. (This is subject to a small administration charge - see t&c's.)
"I’m half way through this course and finding it inspirational and encouraging. Each week brings something new to get me thinking and working creatively with words. I’ve been writing poems for years but never with any formal teaching or support. I love finding out about different ways to use rhyme and structure in a poem, and reading example poems that are sent with the sessions. I’m writing in ways that I would never have known about before.
The course is well-paced to fit in with the demands of my working life and other commitments. I’m sure I’ll continue to enjoy it and I’m so glad I found it!" Mary, Leeds
The enjoyment you will have as your collection of poetry grows.
The sense of achievement as you complete poem after poem.
The thrill of writing poems using new forms and themes.
The pride as you hold your book in your hands.
There are Two Ways to approach writing your Poetry Collection
1. The More Difficult Way
Using your own motivation and discipline to stay on task.
Finding advice and inspiration in books and on-line.
Asking friends/family to provide a second opinion on work.
Finding other writers with whom to share experiences.
Finding your own way through the many aspects that culminate in a best selling collection.
It is possible to succeed this way but why not give yourself the greatest chance of success and opt for ...
2. The Easier Way (which is what this course will provide)
Never facing the 'blank page' - as you will be inspired and taught new techniques throughout the course.
Knowing that motivational advice is all in one place, every fortnight.
The option of a professional critique.
A forum of others all working through the same course and using a similar approach to achieve their poetry collection.
A knowledge that you will be supported from idea generation through to publication and beyond.
A wonderful investment to make in your writing dream
"I have for as long as I can remember, had an urge to write and was excited to discover an opportunity to join a writing course led by Maria Stephenson.
It is without doubt one of the best things I have ever done and has enriched my life in many ways. I am finding things about myself I wasn't aware of and have been inspired by the skill and enthusiasm of the course tutor. Yvonne, Harrogate
Commonly Asked Questions
Will I really write a Collection of Poems within One Year?
Yes! If you follow my prescribed method of regular writing. Each session will contain a warm-up activity and the inspiration and guidance to complete a further one to two poems.
A pamphlet length collection usually consists of 18-25 poems and a full collection consists of 45-60 poems so completion of a collection of either length is easily attainable through following this online writing course.
Won’t I need a lot of discipline to get going?
Not discipline, more desire. You will probably find that once you start, you won’t be able to bear to stop. You will find yourself conjuring poetry as you go about your life and noticing things more that you can use in your writing.
How will it fit into my lifestyle?
I send your course in 26 sessions to your in-box every fortnight. It’s up to you what day and time of day you access them. You decide when you complete the exercises, arranging your time when your writing will fit in with your other commitments.
Isn’t it isolating trying to work on my own?
Writing is a solitary activity so later in the course, I provide information about networking as a writer, both online and socially.
Also, as a course participant, you will gain access to the Facebook forum with other participants of the ‘Write a Poetry Collection Course,’ where you can swap and share ideas, thoughts, news and gain feedback on each other’s work. I also dip into this group and can be contacted through it, or by email.
What if I change my mind?
The course is one of the few online writing courses that come with a risk-free 30 day money back guarantee. (see t&c's for more info)
How will I know what to do with it once I have written it?
In the latter stages of the course, guidance is given around preparing and presenting your poetry manuscript for submission to get it published along with guidance about independent publishing and traditional publishing.
How will I know if what I am writing is any good?
All writers have this doubt. I recently saw a tweet from JK Rowling expressing this! As you progress through the course and your writing skills improve, your poetry will strengthen along with your voice as a poet. Writing is a craft and the course will equip you to improve and be able to self-assess and edit till your manuscript is as polished as can be.
What if I want some feedback on my work?
The group forum is ideal for this or you can use my manuscript appraisal service when you have completed the course, once you have got your collection of poetry to the best possible place it can be first. You can also opt in for the three telephone consultations which will include the critiques of three poetry extracts (up to 50 lines each)
If you have any further questions that haven’t been covered in this list or want any help with anything then drop me a line.
Or click here to arrange a no obligation fifteen minute chat with me. A chance to ask questions or discuss your writing aspirations.
This could be the best decision you ever make as a writer
"It was by pure chance that I found this poetry course, which could not have appeared at a more apt moment, at a time when I was seeking both solace, and a challenge. I have now completed the course and am thrilled with my achievements. I have somehow dug deep to discover that I truly have it in me to get published.
I have regained my confidence and feel I have nearly achieved my goals. Maria is the perfect tutor, not only due to her background as teacher and author. She also has the ability to bring a writer's inner passion for writing to the fore in a natural, unassuming way.
She is helpful, informative, encouraging and passionate in her love for writing and inspires this in other writers. I would recommend this course without hesitation." Ruth, Ilkley