Poetry Courses

Writers’ feedback, National Centre for Writing

‘Elaine’s passion for poetry and her empathetic style of teaching encourages us all to be bolder, both in terms of writing and sharing our work. Her positive approach ensures that we enjoy being part of a very supportive and friendly class.’

– Dorothy, online course 2020

Coming in 2023…

Poetry School 5 week online course: Being Poet Puppeteer

5 fortnightly sessions on Thursdays, 7–9pm, starts 2 February 2023. Book here

There will be a range of prompts and jumping off points, to help get you writing new poems, along with inspiration and strategies for growing them into bigger picture narrative sequences. You’ll go away with the motivation to complete that work-in-progress sequence, or to get one underway. 

In-person workshops for young writers at Dragon Hall, Norwich:
Get writing with Elaine Baker (11-13 years)
Get Writing with Elaine Baker (14-17 years)

‘Join us for a pick’n’mix session of creative prompts for developing characters, stories and dialogue in your poetry and prose. A relaxed opportunity to write and share together, with buckets of inspiration, encouragement and celebration!’

Designed for young people aged 11 – 13 years/14 – 17 years . Places are limited to 15 participants – please book in advance to secure your seat. Choose to pay what you can afford during checkout – £2.50, £5, or £7.50.

Book here: https://staging.nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/whats-on/get-writing-with-elaine-baker/

Booking essential. Please note, places are limited, to give all poets quality feedback time during Zoom workshops. Contact me to book or find out more, here.

Summer Online Course Feedback:

‘A great course that used an online platform really well! Very engaging and a great way to keep discipline and focus in your writing, with high quality feedback from tutor and other students.’

‘Because of my hearing difficulties (especially with peer contributions around a physical table) I found the online course easier to follow and enjoyed the virtual interactions very much.’

‘Praise the Everyday’  Jun-Aug 2020

An online 9-week poetry course for adults, featuring writing tips and stimuli, online chat and poetry workshops with individual feedback on your draft poems.

On this course, we’ve been getting inspired by poets of colour and learning from some of the masters, including:
Jean Binta Breeze, Audre Lord, Elizabeth Alexander, Terrance Hayes and Pablo Neruda.

To get a flavour, watch one of the short course videos, here: Elaine Baker on YouTube 

Poetry in The Mix, 15 Mill St, Wantage, OX12 9AB

A 6 week evening course on writing poetry, for ages 18+ running on the following dates:

Tues 14th Jan, 21st, 28th Jan &

11th, 18th, 25th Feb 2020

Places are limited, e-mail for further details & book.


Poetry Workshops For Young People:


10-13 Poetry Workshop

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Poetry Course for ages 10-13

14-18 Poetry Workshop

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Poetry Course for ages 14-18

18-25 Poetry Workshop

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Poetry Course for Young Adults (ages 18-25)

These are FREE poetry workshops for young people at Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage on Sunday 21st July 2019. No experience needed, just a love of writing.

They will be fun, interactive and experimental writing sessions where young people explore writing poetry in response to art and artefacts. Please spread the word – thank you 🙂



Booking *now open* for my next 6 week course!


Mon 3rd June – Mon 8th July 2019, Wantage, OX12 8DA

The group will have a similar format to my previous courses, and will include: reading and discussing poetry; using it as a springboard to spark creative ideas; individual writing time; sharing, support and workshop/feedback time.

I’m envisioning the group will have returning poets who have some experience, but equally there will be support for anyone who is just starting out in writing poetry. All you need is a willingness to write and an open mind!

Cost: £60 whole course

Places are limited, e-mail to book.

Next Monday evening course in Wantage starting Feb 25th, running for 6 weeks until April 1st.

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Starting on January 7th, 2019…

I’m kickstarting a new poetry evening course in The Mix community space, Wantage, Oxfordshire.

It’s open to all writers who want to develop their poetry, whether you’re a beginner or a  more experienced poet.

Why not come and join us?

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“Elaine Baker is a skilled poet and educator, with much experience of guiding emerging poets to get the best from their writing in a workshop setting. She is generous, sensitive and detailed in her critique of poems, and has a strong knowledge of the contemporary scene and recent critical theory, and an incredible enthusiasm for the poetic art.”

– Tamar Yoseloff, Poet (Seren), Tutor & Publisher (Hercules Editions)

(Booking essential as numbers are limited.)

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