In accordance with government guidelines our Writing Days are currently on hold. In this difficult time, we are offering writing resources online to make up for missed Writing Days and other PB events so that we can ensure our poetry community stays connected and that we keep writing.

Our programme of virtual poetry workshops are a digital alternative to our popular Writing Days, and feature brilliant writing exercises, supportive feedback, and excellent company.

Digital Poetry Workshops

Welcome to ‘Apart Together’ – The Poetry Business’ digital writer development programme, featuring virtual workshops, Digital Poets-in-Residence, audio & blog content, eBooks and writing exercises.

Bursary Places & Gift Tickets

All sessions include two additional bursary spaces per workshop reserved for BAME writers, writers from underrepresented backgrounds, and writers currently experiencing financial hardship.

If you are able to, please consider buying a ‘gift place’ for someone who might otherwise be unable to participate. These can be purchased by clicking on ‘Workshop & Gift Ticket Bundle’ on Eventbrite.

If you would like to participate and are facing particular financial hardship, are a BAME writer, or feel you experience other barriers to participation, please contact us directly by emailing

Times & Dates

February 2021 Workshop Details

  • Phoebe Stuckes – New & Unusual Sonnets – Friday 19th February – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Michael Laskey How to Please and Surprise Yourself – Tuesday 23rd February – 11:00am–12:30pm 
  • Kathryn Simmonds Hearing Voices – Thursday 25th February – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]

March 2021

  • Laura Scott – The Virtues of Sprawl – Tuesday 2nd March – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Niall Campbell – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 10th March – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Andrew McMillan – Digital Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 16th March – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Liz Berry Charms and Superstitions Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 23rd March – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Ann & Peter Sansom Mini Writing Day – Saturday 20th March – 10:00am – 1:00pm [LIMITED SPACES LEFT]
  • Phoebe Stuckes The Lyric I Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 23rd March – 11:00am–12:30pm 

April 2021

  • Hannah Lowe – Digital Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 6th April – 11:00am–12:30pm [LIMITED SPACES LEFT]
  • Ann & Peter Sansom – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 7th April – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Kim Moore – Digital Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 13th April – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Ann & Peter Sansom – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 14th April – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • River Wolton – Digital Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 20th April – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Michael Laskey & Jackie Wills Mini Writing Day – Saturday 24th March – 9:30am – 1:00pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Mimi Khalvati – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 28th April – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]

May 2021

  • David Tait – Digital Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 4th May – 11:00am–12:30pm [LIMITED SPACES LEFT]
  • Michael Laskey – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 12th May – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Liz Berry– Digital Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 18th May – 11:00am–12:30pm [SOLD OUT]
  • Suzannah Evans – Anything Can Happen: Writing Prose Poems – Wednesday 19th May – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Cliff Yates – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 26th May – 11:00am–12:30pm [LIMITED SPACES LEFT]
  • Ann & Peter Sansom Mini Writing Day – Saturday 29th May – 10:00am – 1:00pm [LIMITED SPACES LEFT]

June 2021

  • Jackie Wills – Digital Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 1st June – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Kim Moore – Writing the Journey – Tuesday 8th June – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Hannah Lowe – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 9th June – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Ann & Peter Sansom – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 16th June – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Ann & Peter Sansom – Digital Poetry Workshop – Wednesday 23rd June – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Liz Berry & Niall Campbell – Writing Life in Moments of Quiet – Saturday 26th June – 9.30am–1pm [SOLD OUT]

July 2021

  • River Wolton – Digital Poetry Workshop – Tuesday 6th July – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Suzannah Evans – Bad Robot: Borrowing Voices from the Non-Human – Wednesday 7th July – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Laura Scott – Writing the Journey – Tuesday 20th July – 11:00am–12:30pm
  • Ann & Peter Sansom Mini Writing Day – Saturday 31st July – 10:00am – 1:00pm

Workshops scheduled in the latter half of 2021 will be announced at a later date.

The great sense of warmth and fellow feeling is still with me today, a really bright spot amongst the isolation.

Doreen Gurrey on our pilot ‘Writing Together’ virtual workshop

How To Use Zoom for Digital Workshops

These workshops will be conducted via Zoom. We have put together this simple ‘How To’ document to help you download Zoom, join a meeting, and navigate around the meeting features (such as adjusting video and audio, uploading files, and sharing screens).

You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite containing the Zoom invitation, the meeting link and Meeting ID & Password.

Someone from The Poetry Business team will be on hand prior to each workshop to offer additional help over the phone in getting connected.

There is usually a lot of interest in our workshops: in the interest of fairness, please limit yourself to one workshop ticket in every two week period.

The writing workshop on Zoom this morning was brilliant! Despite not being familiar with the platform, seeing everyone’s faces was so cheering and I’d love to take part again.

Sarah Mnatzaganian on our Pilot ‘Writing Together’ virtual workshop

Here are some more helpful links:

Writing Days

*In accordance with government guidelines, our Sheffield & Manchester Writing Days are currently on hold.*

In my view, the UK’s most astute and effective tutors

Simon Armitage

Usually held on the last Saturday of every month, our Sheffield Writing Days run from 10.15am-4pm, with writing exercises in the morning and a critical workshop in the afternoon. We meet at The Printhouse, 21-23 North Church Street, S1 2DH (morning) and at our new office on Campo Lane in the afternoon. The Print House is just a two minute walk from our office on Campo Lane. Click here for directions.

Bring a poem (and ten copies) for the afternoon workshop – or better still write one up to discuss from the morning session. Places are £35, or £30 concs. Pay on the day – by cash or cheque. You needn’t book in advance, but please do let us know if you are planning to attend.

Other Workshops

Ann and Peter Sansom are incomparably experienced and inspirational tutors with a brilliant repertoire of exercises

The Poetry Trust

The Poetry Business hosts additional Writing Days in other locations throughout the year in connection with our Book & Pamphlet Competition, our New Poets Prize or other events. If you can’t make it to Sheffield or Manchester, please check this page for regular information on Writing Days in other locations, or join our mailing list to receive notifications about our other writing workshops straight to your inbox.