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All online courses take place in CAMPUS, our digital network for poets. Using CAMPUS, students use a Facebook-style platform to chat with friends both privately and publically, participate in live chats, submit poems and download learning resources. 

Interactive courses consist of one assignment posted per ‘session’ every fortnight, normally lasting 10 weeks / 5 sessions. Each session, you will be expected to post poems in response to the assignment within a week, wherein students will begin to feedback on each other’s work in their unique CAMPUS online group forum. Each session culminates in a 2 hour live chatroom exchange with your course tutor, where all the latest poems are examined in a free-flowing, live-typed discussion. All live chats are then transcribed and archived for students to re-read whenever they want. New assignments are posted after each live chat. 

International courses are exactly the same as Interactive courses, but there are no live chats, making them accessible to students who live in all international time zones. All feedback on these courses is written. 

Feedback courses have no live chat component. Students share and leave written feedback within their CAMPUS online group forum only. These courses are suitable for UK & international students. 

Online reading groups are based primarily on reading and discussion and have no live chat component. These courses are suitable for UK & international students. 

Please note: Online courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with CAMPUS technical issues, but you need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find our whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com.

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17 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Daniel Eltringham.
What does it mean to ‘read’ a poem? How can you write meaningfully about another poet’s work? And can close, critical reading contribute to your own writing? On this course, poet and academic Dan Eltringham leads you through more than 600 years of poetry. On the way you’ll discover a wide range of verse forms, metres, genres and other ‘field marks’ of technique that poets have employed over history, and learn how to identify and trouble them. You will respond each session with your own ‘free commentary’ or piece of critical prose reflecting on the week’s poems, in a way as open or as focused as you wish. These responses could be thought of as an essai: a provisional close reading, an attempt at understanding, creatively and without rules, but with careful attention to the words on the page.

CAMPUS group: 'A Poet's Field Guide: Close Reading & Writing' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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24 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Claire Trévien.
From astrology to astrophysics, from local planets to space operas, this course looks out to the stars for inspiration. How does space exploration make us see our own planet? Do you see the universe as the ‘kind of party / your neighbours forget to invite you to’, as Tracy K Smith would have it? What are we really looking for when we try to read the night sky? This course will range from ancient beliefs surrounding astronomy to more modern responses in order to shed light on our own lives. Participants will be encouraged to create new work inspired by poets such as Ellen Kombiyil and Stefi Weisburd, as well as scientific and historical finds.

Correction: in our print brochure the first live chat for this course is wrongly advertised as 1 October. It should read 8 October 2015.

CAMPUS group: 'Cosmic Compositions: Exploring Astronomy Through Poetry' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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16 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Claire Askew.
Just as there are many ways to be a woman, so are there many ways women have written about the female experience. On this course, you'll look at the ways in which writing by women and about their lives has been traditionally categorised, and find ways to explore and subvert those categorisations in your own writing, exploring within and beyond the dominant narratives and common grounds. You'll look at feminism, poems that might be called confessional, domesticity, poems about the physical body, the natural world, family, love and relationships. The course will also have an intersectional bent, examining women's experiences which deal with race, class, sexuality, disability and masculinity. Absolutely everyone welcome.

CAMPUS group: 'Creatrix: Women’s Poetries for the 21st Century ' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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23 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Holly Hopkins.
Poetry has always been fond of in-between spaces and edges, finding delight in the half hidden or overlooked. In this course we will read some of the fantastic poems by poets who thrived in small towns, suburbs and the bits beyond ring roads. We will focus on poets who celebrate these places, but also include those who created brilliant poems while chafing against their surroundings. Reading poems by Glyn Maxwell, Kay Ryan and Fiona Dowling amongst others, we will explore the hinterland spaces that many of us have lived in to create our own new poems, inspired by these landscapes the people who live there.

CAMPUS group: 'Life on the Edge: Writing the Hinterlands and Suburbs' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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14 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Ira Lightman.
How do you write a minimalist poem? Do you start out minimalist and avoid waffle? Or do you start out waffling and reduce it to something stark like an Emily Dickinson poem? Or almost whited-out like one by Susan Howe? This course is about the art of a very short poem taking up a whole page by itself. Such poems sometimes feel a waste of a page, but they can be a new way in, an amuse-yeux after a forest of larger poems. We will look at the poem as a minimalist object, condensed down to the size of a maths equation, or a quip. And we’ll also look at performing the minimalist fragment, comparing minimalist poetry with minimalist music, where ‘phrases’ are played repetitiously for an extended time. If you’ve ever wondered instead of piling up detail how we can let one verb do the work for two sentences worth, without it all seeming unnaturally tight, start here.

CAMPUS group: 'Minimalism: From Within and Without' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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17 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Andy Brown.
Do you have a heap of discarded poems which just won’t work no matter how many revisions you make? The Poetry School’s Online Feedback Workshops provide a place for the general improvement of left-for-dead poems in need of resuscitation. Bring poems of any shape or size once a fortnight and receive detailed feedback from your tutor and general advice from fellow students. These courses are ideal for those looking to ready poems for magazine submission.

CAMPUS group: 'Online Feedback Course with Andy Brown' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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18 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Steve Ely.
Do you have a heap of discarded poems which just won’t work no matter how many revisions you make? The Poetry School’s Online Feedback Workshops provide a place for the general improvement of left-for-dead poems in need of resuscitation. Bring poems of any shape or size once a fortnight and receive detailed feedback from your tutor and general advice from fellow students. These courses are ideal for those looking to ready poems for magazine submission.

CAMPUS group: 'Online Feedback Course with Steve Ely' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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18 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Jonathan Edwards.
‘So this is how we love – by these doodles’ - Glyn Maxwell. From Seamus Heaney’s ‘Follower’ to Shakespeare’s sonnets, many of the best and most emotive poems are written for and about those people the writers love. Beginning with the intimate observations we can make of those closest to us, this course will branch out into more general people-watching, focusing on character sketches - that genre of poetry which includes Dylan Thomas’ ‘The Hunchback in the Park,’ the New York strolls of Frank O’Hara and the rural character descriptions of R S Thomas. We will also consider more experimental techniques, such as cut-up biographical information. Through a mixture of written exercises and feedback, we will seek to develop our writing about people, aiming to draw on the extraordinary lives around us to produce poems which have their own beating hearts.

CAMPUS group: '‘So this is how we love’: Writing Poems, Writing People' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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21 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Suzannah Evans.
'We are all engaged in looting the past. (Only the greatest geniuses manage to steal from the future)' - Donald Barthelme. Where do you see yourself in 500 years' time? Living in a city underwater? Being discovered as a mysterious fossil by the aliens who've inherited the earth? As poets should we approach the future of humanity with optimism or fear, or a bit of both? This course will explore and inspire poetry about the future, whether that be space travel, climate change, dystopian societies or apocalyptic visions. We will investigate the way the future might look and sound, and what our society will leave behind it for archaeologists and museums. Participants will respond to poetry by poets including David Tait, Christy Ducker, Carola Luther, Roísín Tierney and Matthea Harvey.

CAMPUS group: 'Surviving the Future: Poetry for Pre-Apocalyptic Times' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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16 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Kathryn Maris.
Alice Oswald has been labelled a descendent of Ted Hughes, a nature poet, a classicist with an interest in gardening, a writer of idiosyncratic book-length projects, and a poet who keeps a low public profile. She wins awards for nearly every work she produces and is widely admired for her apparent ability to inhabit nature as opposed to merely observing it. She is praised, too, for her strange and remarkable ear, and for balancing traditionalism with nonconformity. In this 10-week reading course, we will discuss and analyse poems and sections from the The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (1996), Dart (2002), Woods etc (2005), her Forward Prize-winning long poem ‘Dunt’ (2006), and Memorial (2011), with some attention to her other books and projects as well.

CAMPUS group: 'The Indefinable Alice Oswald (Reading Group)' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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15 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Chris McCabe.
Understanding visual poetry gives all poets an understanding of the essential but often hidden details of how poems work. This online reading course invites you to immerse yourself in the world of 21st century visual poetry with the editors of The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing) a major new anthology of this genre. Victoria Bean and Chris McCabe have worked with over 100 artists over a two year period and will instigate discussion around the new approaches, ideas and techniques being used in visual poetry. You will get the chance to explore new work being created at the intersection of visual art and literature and see how digital text, image manipulation, modern printing and the Internet has re-energised an approach poetry inspired by the original concrete poetry movement. You will further understand how the phoneme can be used for syntactic play and for sound effect, how the poem can catch the eye before it is read, how white space is the basis for the essence of a poem and can be seen as part of its cohesive whole, and how all poems in their spacing, breathing, line breaks and stanza shapes are in fact 'visual' and can be expressed in multiple ways.

Correction: in our print brochure the price for this course is wrongly advertised as £35. The correct price is £20, as shown.

CAMPUS group: 'The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Reading Group)'

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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22 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Carrie Etter.
Prose poetry is no oxymoron—it uses the concentration and musicality of lined poetry, but operates very differently. Come learn what a prose poem is and what it can do to expand your poetic practice through shared reading and discussion of This Line Is Not for Turning: An Anthology of Contemporary British Prose Poetry, and compose your own prose poems through biweekly exercises. This class welcomes those new to the form as well as poets already writing in it and wanting to improve their skills. (Note: this is a repeat of a course that has run previously).

CAMPUS group: 'The Pleasures of Prose Poetry (Autumn 2015)' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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15 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Beverley Nadin.
‘Death happens to other people’; it inspires, humbles, and preoccupies us, and it is through metaphor and the imagination that we seek to comprehend it. On this course we will attempt to sneak up on death and glimpse its reality with inspiration from poems that try to find a language for its silence. We will re-imagine in our poems the moment of passing itself, afterlives and voices from beyond, and the processes of acceptance, ceremony and remembrance which are required again and again of the living, as well as trying to find humour in death. We’ll consider poems by Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, James Wright, Carolyn Forché and Michael Donaghy, as well as a selection from Zen poets in translation.

CAMPUS group: 'The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep: Articulating Death' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com
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14 Sep 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese.
‘Translating is reading, reading of the best, the most essential kind’, wrote William H Gass introducing ‘transreading’; we used this concept to read Central European poets on a course in Autumn 2014. On this new course, we will ‘transread’ selected poems from Denmark, Sweden and Norway, starting with a Tomas Transtromer poem rendered into English by several translators, which serves as an invitation to think about the multiple new poems that may spring from one original. Every fortnight we will experiment with a writing strategy borrowed from the craft of translation to transform the texts we’ve read into our own versions and new poems. No knowledge of Danish, Swedish or Norwegian is necessary; we will rely on our verbal curiosity to transread, among others, Inger Christensen, Martin Glaz Serup, Hanne Bramness, Helena Eriksson and Bruno K Oijer.

CAMPUS group: 'Transreading Scandinavia' (please make sure you have paid for your course before requesting group membership)

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com

Please note: All our online courses take place on CAMPUS, a unique social network and learning platform created by The Poetry School. These courses are open to all students but a basic level of digital literacy is essential. The Poetry School can help you with technical issues, but you also need to be a confident user of digital platforms to take part in these classes. To find out whether an online course is right for you, please email online@poetryschool.com