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Writing Poetry

Carol Ann Duffy

Writing Poetry

Create your own collection of poems with the former Poet Laureate.

This course includes:

25 lessons

5.5 hours

27 exercises

What you'll learn

Join Carol Ann on a journey to discovering your poetic voice, from finding inspiration to crafting your own unique poetry style.

  • Use memory and imagination
  • Develop a unique style
  • Learn the power of your senses
  • Write for different occasions
  • Build your own collection
  • Find time to write

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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.

Lesson plan (25)

  1. 01

    Writing Poetry Introduction


  2. 02

    Memory as imagination: place


  3. 03

    Memory as imagination: people


  4. 04

    Your own words


  5. 05

    Read to write


  6. 06

    Learning poems by heart


  7. 07

    Finding inspiration: art


  8. 08

    Finding inspiration: story


  9. 09

    Finding inspiration: your own interests


  10. 10

    Coming to your senses: looking, smelling, listening, tasting, touching


  11. 11

    Coming to your senses: the weather


  12. 12

    Coming to your senses: love poems


  13. 13

    The world we live in: up close


  14. 14

    The world we live in: towns & cities


  15. 15

    Time: receiving the baton


  16. 16

    Time: a year in your life


  17. 17

    Time: writing backwards


  18. 18

    Choosing a form


  19. 19

    Drafting and redrafting


  20. 20

    Writing for occasions: the personal


  21. 21

    Writing for occasions: the public


  22. 22

    Anthologies and answering back


  23. 23

    Writing poetry for children


  24. 24

    Building a collection


  25. 25

    Don't give up your day job


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