In these workshops for young people, we consider how poetry can be a tool for self-expression and social justice, for empathy, and empowerment.

Everyone has something valuable to express and poetry can help us process our own experiences and learn about the experiences of others. Through readings, interactive exercises, group writing games, and generative prompts, we will explore the power and joy of writing together. We’ll be working in a variety of forms, inspired by a diverse set of voices and themes. Looking forward to collaborating with you all and seeing your beautiful words!

These sessions will be led by Serena Alagappan. Serena is a writer and researcher interested in the impact of creative writing on society. She has studied at Princeton and Oxford Universities and published her work in literary journals across the US and UK.

This workshop is best suited for people aged 13+. No experience with poetry is required, and all materials will be provided. They take place at The Community Works on a monthly basis, on Saturdays from 1.30pm-3pm – drop in or register (see our events page for individual events and registration links)

The Oxford Poetry Library is an accessible space but please contact us in advance if you have any access needs so we can accommodate those for you. You can email us on or using the contact form below.