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Our interactive online courses take place on a networked platform called Campus – where students will be able to take courses and interact with other students within open and closed groups within the platform. 

The interactive online courses will still run as they did previously, with students posting or circulating poems in advance of a two hour live chat session. During the chat session, the tutor and your fellow students post responses to the circulated work.  Each live chat will be archived for you to revisit later. There will also be accompanying groups, both inside and outside the courses, where you can talk to your fellow students in between chats.

Written-feedback based courses don't have a live chat element – discussion of students' poems takes place within a closed group, with an uploaded document of tutor comments at convenient times throughout the course.

Online courses are a great way to connect with other poets around the world, and you don't even have to leave the house. All you need is an internet connection and a computer.

Campus is at www.campus.poetryschool.com

You will need to have easy access to the internet via a broadband connection. 

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06 Feb 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Jonathan Edwards.
‘A poem is like a much, much richer joke’ – Adam Zagajewski. On this course, you’ll look at some seriously funny poems by the likes of Glyn Maxwell, Simon Armitage, Thomas Lux, Jo Shapcott and Carol Ann Duffy, exploring a range of approaches to the comic, considering aspects such as narrative, allegory and the use of the surreal. You’ll look at a range of forms, such as the sonnet and the villanelle, and how they can be used to shift a comic poem into seriousness; and how the use of everyday life and characters can result in strange and original comic impacts. Looking at ‘crossover’ writers such as Benjamin Zephaniah and John Cooper Clarke, this course will also seek to bridge the relationship between ‘page’ and ‘performance’ poetry, seeking similarities rather than differences in how both employ comic techniques. Lastly, you will look at what in literary terms is often seen as ‘bad’ comic poetry, while seeking to develop our own comic poems which, while they will hopefully make people smile or laugh, will go far beyond the confines of what is traditionally considered as light verse.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/no-laughs-please-were-poets-can-comic-poetry-be-good-poetry/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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29 Jan 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Claire Trévien.
Is your version of the sea Derek Walcott’s ‘grey vault’ of history or are its ‘edges overgrown with lace’ as Ivan V Lalic would have it? The seascape has long been a favourite with poets, yet our relationship with it has never been entirely comfortable: it threatens to rise, swallows planes whole, and a large portion of its depths remains unchartered and unknown. In this course, we will look at the different ways in which the sea can inspire, intrude and disrupt your writing practice. From creatures of the deep to submerged forests, from coast-cultures to the sea as a foreign planet, you will encounter a variety of texts that will encourage you to create work that engages with the sea’s multiple facets.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/deep-diving-poetry-the-language-of-coastlines-and-the-sea/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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26 Jan 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Ben Wilkinson.
‘All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream’ said Edgar Allen Poe. Stark or wondrous, sinister or downright strange – the power and possibility of the phantasmagorical has fascinated poets from Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’, through John Berryman’s Dream Songs to Don Paterson’s Alexandrian library. Dreams are places to get lost and lose yourself in, where the unconscious runs wild, and nothing is ever quite as it seems. In poems, they can grant access to weirdly credible worlds beyond the routine, image-rich and unstable. Where does the dream end, and reality begin? How does a dreamscape supercharge a poem’s symbolism? Like the best poems, can we ever forget our dreams? Or do they linger, as Paterson puts it, in ‘that part of the mind that the mind cannot contemplate’? This course will dive into the reveries conjured by contemporary poets including Jacob Polley, Frances Leviston, Adrienne Rich, August Kleinzahler, John Burnside and Emily Berry, to see just how deep down the rabbit-hole poems can go.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/dream-on-waking-up-your-poems-with-the-phantasmagoric/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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27 Jan 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Kathryn Maris.
In this genre-bending course, you 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, Zata Kitowski , Adam Phillips, Wallace Stevens, Theodor Adorno, Gertrude Stein, Sam Riviere, Nuar Alsadir, Simon Smith, Anne Carson and others. (This is a repeat of a course that has run previously).

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/fragments-from-the-thought-to-the-page-spring-2015/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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13 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Rebecca Goss.
Why are our homes so important to us? From the way they look and what they cost, to the experiences and memories stored inside them – what goes on behind those closed doors? Over the course you will study contemporary poems set in kitchens, bathrooms, sitting rooms, bedrooms, gardens, contemplating what is this idea of home? You will explore the drama in domesticity, the importance of objects and possessions, the pull of memory and nostalgia, and the ideas of privacy and space. All this will lead to you creating a 'house of poems' of your own.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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11 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Dai George.
Irony is everywhere in contemporary poetry: it’s a frequent complaint, brought about by a culture that seems to prize quirkiness over honesty and emotional impact. So why has it become so popular? This course will explore the increasingly fraught relationship with sincerity and self-expression that poetry has developed over the last 60 years, from Frank O’Hara and Paul Muldoon to the current generation of younger poets showcased in the anthology Dear World and Everyone in It. It will be a perfect fit for anyone looking to bring some contemporary edge to work that might currently feel too safe and traditional to grab an editor’s attention.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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07 May 2015, Intermediate, Interactive Online Course, Steve Ely.
W B Yeats once dismissed the work of a ‘minor poet’ with the words, ‘he lacks chaos’. Although Yeats did not precisely define what he meant by ‘chaos’, it seems clear that he sought to combine in the term something like the position, attitude and visionary striving from which arises the distinctive voice that informs and defines a poet’s characteristic expression — and which constitutes their occult genius. ‘Liberating Poetic Chaos’ is a course designed to enable poets to identify, explore and write from their own particular ‘chaos’ including consideration of parallel or related concepts, including voice, viveza, mala leche, gnosis, vision, ‘thorn-in-the-flesh’, muse, duende and inspiration.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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26 Jan 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, S J Fowler.
Five sessions; five great, European avant-gardes. Explore contemporary innovations in European poetry with British vanguardist S J Fowler, and discover how their remarkable explorations in the written word often compliment, rather than antagonise, more formal writing practice. A course stressing the contemporary, Maintenant! will introduce 5 great poetic movements that will springboard you into new writing techniques, stressing the possibility amidst the history. Covering Oulipo, Austrian modernism, Concrete poetry, CoBra and the British poetry revival, this course - with the energy, dynamism and invention of the movements it explores - will enrich anyone’s poetry horizons.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/maintenant-international-edition/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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03 Feb 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Kate Potts.
In the preface to his groundbreaking and influential work A Dictionary of the English Language Samuel Johnson describes himself as “a poet doomed at last to wake a lexicographer”. How does poetry – with its subjective content and its concern with what’s outside and beyond language – relate and respond to the relatively utilitarian form, function and language of the dictionary? How have poets used and commented on the dictionary as ‘guardians of the cultural tradition’? In this course we will explore and examine dictionaries and their power through a series of activities including making dictionary definition poems; writing with dialect, archaic, unusual and invented words; and creating and using taxonomies. We will look at unusual and idiosyncratic dictionaries, and use Oulipan dictionary-based techniques. We will also study and draw inspiration from the work of dictionary-loving poets including Kei Miller, Robert Pinsky, Mary Kinzie, Harryette Mullen, Giles Goodland, Jen Hadfield, John McCullough, and Anne Carson.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/new-definitions-and-neologisms-the-poetry-of-dictionaries/

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

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

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Online: Nightwriter
04 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Tom Chivers.
Poet, editor and occasional insomniac Tom Chivers leads this unique journey into the night, from vigil to epiphany.Explore the dark side of your poetry with a series of three nocturnal writing sessions: at dusk, midnight and dawn. You will write by candlelight, torchlight and pitch-black, unleashing the imagination with weird forms that only come out in our darkest moments of solitude. Live chats will take place in the evening, the middle of the night, and early in the morning.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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27 Jan 2015, Intermediate, Interactive Online Course, Catherine Smith.
Do you have a heap of discarded poems sitting on your sideboard or desktop 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 your left-for-dead poems, your work in need of refreshment, and your brand new pieces. Bring poems of any size or shape to these sessions for detailed written feedback once a fortnight from a tutor, and general group feedback from fellow students. This group will be especially good for those with a large batch of poems that they are looking to ready for magazine submission.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/online-feedback-course-with-catherine-smith/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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04 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Liane Strauss.
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.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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16 Jun 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Miriam Gamble.
Poetry began by being heard, not seen. In the oral tradition, repetition was crucial to both the poet’s ability to remember the poem and the poem’s power to hold its audience. With the advent of print culture, the need was lost. But the allure remains, from anaphora and ballad-style refrains to complex forms like the sestina. Repetition can be emotive, or spookily atmospheric, or it can, as Jacob Polley has it, 'havoc' our sense of things, whether social or existential. Is that a hemlock or a peacock? If you like poems that quietly freak you out, this is the course for you.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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15 Jun 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Nasser Hussain.
In this short course, students will consider how they are already ‘plugged in’ and extended by contemporary technologies, and what that might mean to their writing practice. You will read through works by a number of contemporary writers who make explicit use of ‘prosthetics’ in the act of writing – and in so doing, complicate the very idea of the ‘author’. From the conceptual purity of Kenneth Goldsmith to historical predecessors like the poetry writing program RACTER, you will take every opportunity to use the unique resources that having the Internet at our fingertips provides to generate new texts and new ways of thinking about texts.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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02 Feb 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Helen Mort.
What’s on your mind? Or rather, what’s in it? Neuroscience is now so popular that some scientists say ‘you are your brain’. Technologies like fMRI have something to tell us about how we look at paintings, why we buy things, how we vote and what we find beautiful. But can the science of the brain inspire new art? This course will look at how poetry often tackles the same fundamental questions as neuroscience about what it means to be human. You will consider themes such as memory, embodiment, synaesthesia and pattern formation and look at poems that challenge the idea that the brain is confined to the body. You’ll also discuss work by Norman MacCaig, Michael Donaghy, Liz Berry, Paul Muldoon, Andrew Greig and Andrew Waterhouse. The writing exercises will be accessible to everyone and no scientific knowledge is necessary. (This is a repeat of a course that has run previously).

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/poetry-and-the-brain-spring-2015/

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

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



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05 Feb 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Suzannah Evans.
'There are Maps to anywhere: chromosomes, galaxies, the brain, the cell, the spaces between atoms, cracks in the double helix, the edge of time' (Stephen S Hall). This course will explore maps and other locative media as subjects and vehicles for poetry, focussing on the relationship between poetry and the map, and the ways in which poetry can help us to explore and augment our surroundings. The course will also explore the relationships between place and language, and the way physical location and navigation affects our sense of identity. Inspired by poetry including Kei Miller, Eavan Boland, Liz Berry and Michael Donaghy and of course by your own explorations, you will use poetry to map the histories and ideas that might go unnoticed on the Ordnance Survey.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/re-writing-the-map/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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15 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Emma Hammond.
This course will look at how you can make your poetry performance creative and dramatic. Great performers use not only words but also silences, changes in volume, tone of voice and sometimes even sound effects to enhance their performance. You will study recordings of storytellers and poets from all over the world to see how they use their voice to create atmosphere and musicality, looking at early pioneers of sound poetry such as the Futurists and Dadaists and modern performers such as Bob Cobbing. You will then write a series of poems using techniques that will make your ‘page voice’ come alive in an authentic and considered way. It would be useful if you have the facilities to record your own voice, but not essential.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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06 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Kim Moore.
The theme of change in Ovid’s Metamorphoses resonates still amongst contemporary poets. In Ovid’s epic poem there is a startling array of transformations from human to animal, bird, plant and even stone. Ovid’s transformations are the loss of self and identity, and transformation of the self by another becomes the ultimate act of violence. In contemporary poetry as well as in Ovid, transformation of the body further becomes a way of exploring power, control and freedom. On this course you will be drawing on both, looking at how Ovid and contemporary poets provide inspiration for our own poems of transformation, using the body as our starting point.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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12 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Carrie Etter.
Prose poetry is no oxymoron—it uses the concentration and musicality of lineated 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, as well as composing your own prose poems through fortnightly exercises. This course welcomes those new to the form as well as poets already writing in it and wanting to improve their skills.

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

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


Please note that for a short time this course was listed as having live chats 'Fridays, fortnightly' - this was incorrect - all live chats will be Tuesdays, fortnightly in accordance with the listed dates. Please contact us if you have any queries.
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05 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Shazea Quraishi.
‘Museum’ - from the Greek ‘Mouseion’ meaning ‘home of the Muses’. Can a poem be curated? In this short course, as poet-curators you will select and organize found text, juxtaposing it with new material to spark fresh meanings and revelations. In a twist on ekphrastic poems which describe real or imagined works of art, curator’s notes will provide a springboard for new poems as you enter the eye and mind of the curator. Poets including Anne Carson, W H Auden and William Carlos Williams will provide inspiration.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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05 Feb 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, A B Jackson.
W H Auden published his long poem 'The Sea and the Mirror' in 1944, five years after he left war-torn England to take up residence in America. It is billed as a 'commentary' on Shakespeare's The Tempest, and includes a number of individual pieces in a wide variety of forms (terza rima, sestina, sonnet, villanelle, blank verse, prose) voiced by the play's characters. This reading course will offer an excellent opportunity to enter Auden's mysterious, multi-layered world and explore these virtuoso poems in their own right as well as in relation to Shakespeare's text, or Peter Greenaway's film, or any other incarnation which takes your interest. The course will take place over ten weeks, with reading notes provided every week in order to generate discussion and your own poems.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/this-enchanted-isle-reading-w-h-audens-the-sea-and-the-mirror/

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

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


Please note this course will be postponed for a short time - new dates TBC.
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05 May 2015, Intermediate, Interactive Online Course, Catherine Smith.
Don't worry, this is not a class for precocious school students, but an opportunity to explore different sorts of poetic form, and to challenge yourself to write according to the unique conventions, restrictions and freedoms of each particular form. Many people have tried sonnets and villanelles, but what about the sestina, the pantoum, the ghazal? Or blank verse, elegy, ode? We'll look at examples (drawn from a wide range of writers) and you'll generate new work, sharing drafts in progress with the group and receiving feedback based on close reading of your work. We'll also 'off-road' and look at unusual versions of certain poetic forms, to explore how flexible and innovative form can be.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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08 May 2015, Intermediate, Interactive Online Course, Kathryn Maris.
This course investigates some platitudes of creative writing workshops such as ‘show don’t tell,’ ‘avoid adverbs’ and other prohibitions that have evolved since Ezra Pound outlined his ‘rules’ a hundred years ago. Are the rules outmoded? Should there be no rules at all? You will look at contemporary British and American poets who defy the rules or create their own. Fortnightly assignments will require you to write in ways you didn’t know you were 'allowed' to write, challenging your assumptions about what can and can’t be done in poems.

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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04 Feb 2015, Beginner, Interactive Online Course, Nii Ayikwei Parkes.
Where does a poem begin? What marks the difference between a poem and other forms of
writing? Exploring some of the defining elements of poetry, such as the line ending, this course will unpack the crafting of poetry, from the most basic fun rhyme to subtle political commentary. Although the approaches used may be wacky, there will still be a focus on good old-fashioned editing, the whittling of things to their most beautiful essence, never forgetting that poems begin in the land of play, the world of fun. If you have ever wanted to write poetry but were not sure how to start, this is where it begins.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/where-it-begins-a-course-for-new-poets/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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30 Jan 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Ryan Van Winkle.
It is a common misconception that poets write autobiographical works which centre solely on their own experiences. In this course we aim to challenge that notion and will work on writing poetry through research, quotation and character. The course will involve a wide-range of assignments asking students to research science, history, political events, and even to imagine a distant future. We will attempt to write about countries we've never been to, wars we've never experienced, theories we don't understand, disasters we had no part in and photos in which our faces don't appear. The course will use journalism, photographs, streaming audio and video to offer a broad range of inspiration and source material.

CAMPUS group: http://campus.poetryschool.com/groups/write-what-you-dont-know-research-writing-and-the-apparently-confessional/

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

Register for your free CAMPUS account here: http://campus.poetryschool.com/
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06 May 2015, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, Clare Pollard.
It is fifty years since Sylvia Plath’s collection Ariel exploded onto the literary world, becoming perhaps the most notorious poetry collection ever published by a woman. Written in the aftermath of her separation from Ted Hughes and in the months before her suicide, its poems of white-hot rage voiced the complications of being a daughter, wife and mother, and of struggling with depression, like no collection had before. Ariel became a battleground in the struggle for women’s rights, and its complicated publication history raises many questions about confessionalism, censorship and the morality of art. The course will take place over ten weeks, with reading notes provided every week in order to generate discussion and your own poems.

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