Online

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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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. Readings and related writing exercises will help you to appreciate poetry that questions itself and pushes back against tired convention, both in poetry and the wider language. 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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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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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, like a poltergeist or a naughty child, 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. Why do modern poets repeat themselves? Isn’t every word meant to earn its place? Repetition can be emotive (think of its centrality to prayer, or, in secular contexts, to argument and oratory), or spookily atmospheric, or it can, as Jacob Polley has it, “havoc” our sense of things, whether social or existential. The word or phrase, worked deftly, metamorphoses before our eyes. Is that a hemlock or a peacock? What is innocence, what guilt? If you like poems that quietly freak you out, this is the course for you.

Over three sessions, you’ll explore and try your hand at various modes of repetition, from anaphora and ballad-style refrains to complex forms like the sestina. We’ll study and learn from poems by, amongst others, Elizabeth Bishop, Zbigniew Herbert, Frances Leviston, Weldon Kees, Louis MacNeice, Edwin Morgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Jacob Polley and Wallace Stevens.

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. This course will encourage you to think about (and with) the body in a different way and will allow you to develop your confidence as a writer alongside your craft.

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 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. With poems written by William Wordsworth, e.e.cummings, David Constantine and Colette Sensier, among others.

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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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.

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/