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Bill Greenwell


Autumn session 2022: 10 October - 9 December 2022 (9 weeks)
Spring session 2023: 16 January - 17 March 2023 (9 weeks)

Cost: £170 for 8 week sessions; £185 for 9 week sessions; £200 for 10 week sessions

Poetry Clinic is an online space in which about 12-15 people upload and share their poems (in whatever state) with each other and with Bill Greenwell, who offers edits and suggestions on all the writing posted. Sometimes the suggestions are quite radical. The atmosphere is supportive and the aim constructive, and you gain from seeing not only what suggestions are made about your work, but also about the work of others. You can comment on other people’s writing as well.

The Clinic has been running twice a year for over ten years now, and is extremely popular. Places are strictly limited and they go fast.

The online software used is Moodle which is easy to use and allows participants to read poems and read feedback as soon as they are posted.

It doesn’t matter what kind of poetry you write – experimental, satirical, traditional, unrhymed, rhymed – it’s whatever you write that is explored. Warning: it can be quite a pressure to produce poems (one or two a week) for the Clinic. Best to feel sure you have the time and energy before committing.



Bill Greenwell is a writer and former college and university teacher. He helped write the Open University’s level 3 course Advanced Creative Writing, and was one of its central creative writing team until he retired in 2015. He has run workshops since 1975 (online since 2003). He was Forward-shortlisted for best first poetry collection in 2005 (Impossible Objects, Cinnamon) and for ten years he was New Statesman’s weekly satirical poet. He is well-known as a parodist and light verse competitor and was recently profiled in Light magazine. He lives in the north-east of England.



First, email sharonblack1969@yahoo.com to check if spaces are still available.

If they are, then send £200 (10-wks), £185 (9 weeks) or £170 (8-wks) by PAYPAL to billgreenwell62@outlook.com quoting 'Poetry Clinic Abri' and the start date of the 10-week session you wish to book on. (Note - payment will appear as having been sent to 'TW Greenwell').

Payment can also be sent by cheque or by bank transfer - for details email billgreenwell62@outlook.com


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