Carol Ann Duffy
Learn how to write poetry that flows from your own life experience with Carol Ann Duffy, the UK's former Poet Laureate, and T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry winner. This course is about so much more than just metre and rhyme. You'll learn how to tap into your memories and imagination, finding inspiration from the humblest of subjects and bringing your own unique voice to the page. With the combination of practical exercises, deconstructed examples of her own work, and tips on how to write from your own experiences, you'll finish this course with your eyes and ears open, and your first collection of poems.
Whether you've always been passionate about poetry, or you're looking to flex your writing muscles in a different direction, Carol Ann Duffy's course on Writing Poetry will have you seeing the world through fresh eyes. With simple poetry writing exercises and tips for finding inspiration, Carol Ann demystifies poetry techniques to help you find your own unique voice.
Tell your story in your own words and learn how to write poems for everyday or special occasions that capture a poignant moment in your life or express how deeply you feel about the ones you love. You'll find that even the humblest subject can have depth and meaning, and with Carol Ann's curated reading list and rigorous editing process to guide you, by the end of the course you'll have a collection of poems to start your own anthology.
Ever since publishing her first seismic collection of work “Standing Female Nude” in 1985, the literary world has been paying close attention to Carol Ann Duffy’s captivating lyricism and fresh take on what poetry can be. She has received numerous awards over the course of her career, including the Dylan Thomas Award, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and the E. M. Forster Award in America.
She was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 2009-2019, made a Dame in the 2015 New Year Honours list, and is currently Professor and Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Carol Ann introduces the magic of poetry, as well as the contents of the course.
Begin to approach the topic of imagination through your memory, starting with places.
Explore the memories you have of the language and mannerisms of people in your life.
Delve into the vocabulary that is already within you.
Learn how to engage with your reading list, making note of what you like to what you don’t.
Carry poems within you and see how they change in meaning with time, and with you.
Visit art galleries or flick through art books and actively let inspiration find you.
Get creative with your favourite stories, real or fictional.
Where to start when writing about what is close to your heart.
Awaken your senses and learn to capture what you see on the page.
Take inspiration from the weather, literally or metaphorically.
Revitalise old clichés with unlikely metaphors, bringing all your senses to the page.
Stay alert and have fun naming the things that fill world around you.
Find the right words to describe cities.
Learn about the different ways and forms poets through time have written and how you can add your own take to it.
Use a specific time in your life to place yourself in a new poem.
Experiment by looking at events through a different angle of time and make new discoveries.
Discover what shape suits the words you write best.
Understand the different elements to consider while redrafting your work.
Handy steps to help you write from the heart.
Find the right entry point for you to write about different topics or commissions.
Have fun selecting a poem from long ago and answering it with your own poem.
Why children’s perspectives are perfect for poetry.
Start with pamphlets and find the right homes for your work.
Find ways to practice the craft of poetry alongside your job.
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As well as video lessons, you’ll also enjoy access to a downloadable PDF put together by Carol Ann Duffy, full of tips, techniques, and writing exercises to help you start putting your poems on paper.
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