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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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25 Jan 2016, Intermediate, Interactive Online Course, Steve Ely.
The late mediaeval/early modern English translations of the Bible are among the fundamental texts — alongside Beowulf, Chaucer, and Shakespeare — of English literature, comprising an unrivalled treasure-house of content, themes, forms and techniques that contemporary poets might appropriate and incorporate into their work. On this course, you will identify characteristic Biblical literary techniques such as parallelism, repetition, rhetorical questions, precise lexis, compression and economy, patterns of imagery, distinctive approaches to conjunctions/prepositions and much more, writing your own poems under their influence, as well as considering the distinctive content of the various texts and the parallels between the verse structures of the original Biblical languages and Old English prosody. Key texts, pre-sessional reading and other necessary contextual material will be made available before the course starts.

CAMPUS group: ‘The Word Made Fresh' - Restoring the Bible to English 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 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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04 Feb 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Holly Hopkins.
Most of us have grown up made our homes in the suburbs, those small towns, hinterlands and no-places on the 'edge of the ordinary... cast between what is and what might be' (Gallery Press on Alan Gillis). But where are 'the' suburbs? For many of us our memories are made of these spaces, places that walk a tightrope between urban and rural, dramatic and tedious, often tucked into the corner of larger conurbations, unsure how much of local identity remains. On this course we will explore half-hidden areas of our homelands, their edges and contradictions, peeking under the hood of the overlooked and almost everyday. We will learn from poets who thrived in small towns, suburbs and the bits beyond ring roads and found poetry in allotments, railways, brownfield sites, empty business parks, run-down markets, landfills and driveways. We will also be influenced by those who chaffed in against their surroundings, trapped on the brink of Metroland and the wilds. Taking a lead from poets including Kay Ryan, Glyn Maxwell and Fiona Dowling, we will create our own poems and investigate the secrets of where we have all once lived.

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 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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25 Jan 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Jonathan Edwards.
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. This is course is ideal for those looking to ready poems for magazine submission.
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01 Feb 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Kathryn Maris.
In this genre-bending course, we will look at poets, fiction writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts who think and write in fragments, use modes of interruption or whose work simply survives in fragment form. Fortnightly reading and writing assignments will aim to broaden your ideas of what is and isn't a poem, demonstrate the value of omission and the unstated, and suggest new ways of observing yourself and the world, and of communicating those observations. The course will include texts by Sappho, Lydia Davis, Kimiko Hahn, Simone Weil, Adam Phillips, Wallace Stevens, Theodor Adorno, Gertrude Stein, Sam Riviere, Nuar Alsadir, Simon Smith, Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine and others. (This is a repeat of a course that has run previously.)

CAMPUS group: ‘Fragments, from the Thought to the Page (Spring 2016)' (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 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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05 Feb 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Shazea Quraishi.
If the normal intelligible outdoor range of the male human voice in still air is 180 metres (Guinness World Records), how will the voice of a Sudanese poet reach us with poems steeped in the tradition of Sufi mysticism? And if a Tamil poet in Chennai publishes a book entitled ‘Breasts’, provoking death threats and a public suggestion that she be doused in kerosene and set alight, will her voice reach us still? In this course your poetic practice will be invigorated by work which springs from diverse cultures and aesthetics, crossing landscapes and languages. We will read work by some of the most compelling poets writing today including Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi [Sudan], Kim Hyesoon [South Korea] and Kutti Revathi [India] as we investigate what do we write for? and what do we write against? Each session will generate new work inspired by texts in translation. In collaboration with Modern Poetry in Translation magazine. All students will be entitled to subscribe to Modern Poetry in Translation at the discounted price of £9.95 for 12 months.

CAMPUS group: ‘Hearing Voices: World Poetry in Translation'
(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 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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02 Feb 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Melissa Lee-Houghton.
What do long poems bring out of the poet’s voice that shorter verse cannot? A lot of workshops are all about editing work down to size and keeping things concise; on this online course we will be pushing poetry to its limits and generating work over 40 lines, the cut-off point for many magazines and competitions. Over 5 months we will explore specific poems – such as Toby Martinez De Las Rivas’s ‘Twenty-One Prayers for Weak or Fabulous Things’, Lucie Brock-Broido’s ‘Domestic Mysticism’, Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’, Kate Tempest’s ‘Brand New Ancients’ - and consider why these poems work as longer poems, their tempo, tone and use of repetition, exaggeration and stylisation, and also how on a larger scale poems can work without being over-written. We’ll then work ways in and out of our own long poems, learning how to keep up the stamina it takes to keep our lines limber and flowing, and how narrative structure, lists, meditations on reflective ideas, incantations, and invoking the mystical and metaphysical can yield grand results.

CAMPUS group: ‘Long Poems and Invocations: Making the Measure Work for You'
(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 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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27 Jan 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Rishi Dastidar.
We often talk about the musicality of poems, but it’s rare to see that many poems directly inspired by music. An offshoot of Rishi’s ‘Call and Response’ Summer School workshop, this online reading group – or rather, online listening group – aims to remedy that. Over ten weeks we’ll range across a variety of different styles and genres – hip hop, jazz, indie, pop and much, much more – listening to some hits and some maybe some misses too. And we’ll delve not just into the lyrics of great songwriters, but also think about the traditions they reflect, the subjects and themes they articulate and the sonic landscapes they work in. Each time we’ll cue up a new playlist and use what we listen to, and some writing prompts, as the basis to inspire new poems. And when you next hear a song, you might even think, ‘There’s a poem in that.’

CAMPUS group: ‘The Lyric iPod: an Online Reading & Listening 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 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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26 Jan 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Hannah Lowe.
Stirred by restlessness, pushed by history, / I found myself in the centre of Empire – James Berry. The current refugee crisis has made migration both a constant and contested topic of discussion, and this course will prompt us to take a long view of migration. The movement of humans over borders - geographical, cultural and linguistic – has a long and multifaceted history, and much poetry has been written about migration – from leaving and journeys, to reimagining or reconstructing the old country from a point in a diaspora. We will consider a range of poetic narratives addressing first and second generation experience, reasons for leaving, thoughts of return, memory and nostalgia. We will read poems by Imtiaz Dharker, James Berry, Philip Levine and Kei Miller, among others, and use them as prompts to write our own. This course will suit writers of all levels.

CAMPUS group: ‘The Poetry of Migration (an International Course)'
(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 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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27 Jan 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Catherine Smith.
The image is a poem’s engine; for poets, writing fresh and powerful imagery, encouraging the reader to think about the content of a poem in more than one way, is a joyful experience. On this course we’ll look at how poets use figurative language; how to avoid safe / predictable tropes in favour of daring / surprising imagery; the role of the physical senses; simile and metaphor, synecdoche and how / when to use these devices; the role of symbolism in poetry, and how certain poets - e.g. Wallace Stevens - use encoded symbolism in their work; image clusters; the extended metaphor; and audacious metaphors / the conceit. We’ll read lots of examples of published poetry and try different strategies/approaches to push ourselves out of our comfort zones to create whole new ‘image banks’ for new work.

CAMPUS group: ‘Trust the Image'
(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 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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Online: What Work Is
28 Jan 2016, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Kim Moore.
Effort, toil, task, job, labour, slog, chore, drudgery, exertion. In an article published by Jeremy Seabrook in The Guardian in 2013 he argues that ‘Words indicating labour in most European languages originate in an imagery of compulsion, torment, affliction and persecution’. How has our concept of work changed and how have contemporary poets tackled this subject? Using Philip Levine’s beautiful poem ‘What Work Is’ as our touchstone, we will set off exploring this question to expand our definition of what work is or can be. We will look at how poets have written about work and write our own poetry about this thing that we will spend, on average 90,000 hours of our lives doing. We’ll also be thinking about useful and meaningful work, and how the right work can be essential to poets, exploring the ideas of the Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez on what the true ‘work’ of a poet is. Throughout the course we will be moving towards creating our own ‘poetics of work’.

CAMPUS group: ‘What Work Is' (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 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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25 Jan 2016, Intermediate, Interactive Online Course, Liane Strauss.
The music of every poem is determined by three things: rhythm, metre and lineation. On this course, we will examine these three elements and discuss the ways they interrelate in the shaping of the poem, with a focus on lineation — the art of ending, breaking, or turning the line. In particular we will take a look at the recent resurgence of the ‘deep-breathing line’ — the line that tends to run beyond the conventional invisible barrier in English prosody: the pentameter, often itself thought of as having been established because it corresponds to one natural human breath. Together we will look at how and why a poet would adopt this longer line, explore the possibilities it brings to the poem, and work on extending and loosening the line in our own work. With poetry from Walt Whitman, DH Lawrence, CK Williams, Jorie Graham, Louise Glück, DA Powell, Marie Howe, and Claudia Rankine.

CAMPUS group: ‘Working with the Deep-Breathing Line (an International Course)' (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 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