Write a Collection of Poetry in a Year

This is the process I use in my own poetry collections - it works for me. It can work for you too!

Don't just talk about it - do it!

"I’m halfway through this inspirational and encouraging course.  Each session brings something new to get me thinking and working creatively with words.  I love finding out about different ways to use rhyme and structure in a poem. I’m writing in ways that I would never have known about before. I’m so glad I found it!" Mary, Leeds

Everyone has a life full of poetry!

Hi there! I'm Maria Frankland, author of two poetry collections, a memoir and ten domestic thriller novels. I'm so excited that you're interested in Write a Collection of Poetry in a Year, and I'm guessing that this is a dream you've been harbouring for some time. Perhaps like me, your kids are all grown up and it's now time to do something you've always wanted to do - YOUR time!

This course does exactly what it says on the tin, (in the words of previous poets I've worked with,) and it will support you from the first to the last word of your collection, whilst nurturing your talent as a poet.

The path I'll take you on ensures you won't just wander, you'll know exactly where you're going!

As you scroll on, there's lots of information about how this course can support the writing of YOUR collection of poems, but if you still have questions, drop me a line.

Remember, no one can write your poetry collection but YOU!

The Overview

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 your poems in a variety of form 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 write an average of two poems per fortnight to complete your collection within one year.

For a session by session breakdown, follow this link.

If you have any questions, drop me a line. Hearing from other writers always makes my day! Or if you just want to get started, hit the button below.

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 writing 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.

Payments are directed through PayPal for your complete peace of mind.  (If you don't have a PayPal account, we can set up a direct arrangement.)

Imagine …

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.

"This is a clear and  flexible, programme offering an introduction to a variety of writing 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

Did you know...

According to a recent study of writers,  97 out of 100 potential books are languishing in drawers and on hard drives. Write a Poetry Collection in a Year will ensure that your book is NOT one of them!

Into this course, I have distilled all my knowledge and expertise from my Masters in Creative Writing and my experience of being a published poet.

I recall the joy at the time of my own poetry collection, (pictured below,) being published and want to help you experience this too!

(Autonomy Press)

"Maria is the perfect tutor, not only because of her background as a teacher and author.  She also brings 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

Commonly Asked Questions

Will I really write a Collection of Poems within One Year?

Yes!  If you follow my method of regularly writing poetry.  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.  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. You can also join me live online every Friday when I host 'Your Writing Lunch' on my YouTube channel.  It's a space to write AND ask questions.

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 comes with a risk-free 30 day money back guarantee.  (see t&c's for more info)

What does it cost?

£30 per month for 12 months or one payment of £295.

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 even 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 until your manuscript is as polished as can be.

As writers, we only ever get better!

"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

This will be the best decision you ever make as a writer

If you have any questions, drop me a line.