New poetry writing classes in Trowbridge

From September, 2016, I’ll be teaching weekly poetry writing classes in Trowbridge at the old Town Hall. All courses are five weeks long and are for people aged 16+

Starting September 20

TUESDAYS 10.30am – 12.30pm: Start Writing Poetry

£50 (for 5 sessions). More details and how to book here.  Class size 8 – 12.

This course is suitable for beginners, for people who haven’t written in a while or for people who’ve been writing for years in secret.  All you need to bring with you is a notebook and pen, an open mind and a desire to write poetry.  In a friendly, encouraging atmosphere, I’ll  guide you through a series of interesting and enjoyable writing exercises so that your notebook will fill up with poems and ideas for poems.

Trowbridge Town Hall 1
Trowbridge Town Hall – an arts hub in the centre of Trowbridge


Starting September 20

TUESDAYS 7pm – 9pm – What’s New in Poetry? 

£50 (for 5 sessions).  More details and how to book here. Class size 8 – 16.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced poets.  This course will interest you if you’d like to read and take inspiration from poetry which has been published in the last five years.  Reading is an essential part of the writing process but it’s sometimes difficult to keep up to date with new ideas.  In these sessions we’ll read some of the collections that have won prestigious awards and caused a stir in the poetry community.  Expect lively discussion and lots of writing prompts!

Contemporary poetry 2016
some of the collections we will be discussing and taking inspiration from


October 22, 10.30am – 1.30pm – Poetry Walkshop 

£15 for a three hour session. 16 places available.  More details and how to book here.

Trowridge Town Hall
Trowbridge Town Hall

Suitable for beginners and more experienced poets. We’ll use the sights and sounds of Trowbridge to inspire our writing.  There’ll be some classroom-based activities and a gentle walk around four interesting local sites, including the beautiful Town Hall where the session will start and end.  We will look at ways of incorporating place into poems and might consider history, objects, artifacts, folklore, politics and urbanization, among other things!  Bring a notebook and fill it with ideas for poems.


Venue Information for all classes

Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ. Fully accessible for wheelchair-users.

Box Office – 01225 774306

Enquiries – 01225 774306

Email – Twitter @TrowbridgeArts

More venue information available here.  Trowbridge Town Hall is situated within an access only one way system.  Up to date SatNavs will find the venue with the postcode BA14 8EQ, older systems will need BA14 8AL.  The venue does not have its own parking – information on parking within Trowbridge can be found at  The top floors of St Stephen’s Place offering free 23 hour parking.

Details about train travel to Trowbridge  here.

There will be more classes starting after October half-term:

Read and Write Modern Poetry

Keep Writing Poetry

Find out more about Josephine Corcoran here.

8 thoughts on “New poetry writing classes in Trowbridge”

  1. How wonderful to have some poetry business going on in the town where I grew up in the 1970s (and where there was absolutely nothing of the kind at the time). Congratulations Josephine for getting this all up and running – I’m sure it’ll be a great success.

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    1. Thank you for such a kind and encouraging response, Martyn! Tracy Sullivan at Trowbridge Arts is doing an amazing job of creating an arts hub in the centre of the town. Thanks for your good wishes, they mean a lot! 🙂

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  2. Hi Josephine, Sorry to be slow in responding. I love the sound of the “What’s new?” sequence. Unfortunately, I’m booked for other things for all four dates. I don’t think of myself as that busy but clearly I am. I would love to do it if you decide to repeat it at a later date. I hope that they all go well and I’m sure that they will. John

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    1. Hi John, Lovely to hear from you. I think the classes might take a while to get going but I could offer ‘What’s New….?’ as a one-off workshop another time, if there’s interest. I hope the Poetry Society Stanza will take off, though. We meet for the first time on Monday, 12th September 6 – 8pm – maybe this is one of the four dates you can’t do? The other date to mention is Thursday, 6th October, National Poetry Day, when you’d be extremely welcome at the Town Hall to “say it with a poem”. More details soon! – Josephine x

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      1. Hi Josephine, You are busy stimulating the poetry lovers of Trowbridge and around. I’ll come along on Monday to the first stanza and hopefully be there for National Poetry Day too. Hopefully there will be a date for “What’s New” that I can make too. I’ll see you on Monday. John x

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