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Writing Poetry

Carol Ann Duffy

Writing Poetry

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. 

25 video lessons
Course notes
  • For new writers and established poets

  • Self-paced, no deadlines

  • Includes downloadable writing exercises

The course

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.

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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.


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88 pages

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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What people are saying

Superb host. Well produced. Good information. Nice calm presentation. All around excellent.

- Michael B.

It has made me be more aware of the world around me and to notice the small things. It has also inspired me to read the poems that Carol Ann Duffy recommends and to read other poems by those poets.

- Rachel

Duffy's authenticity as a speaker and thinker. Refreshing, germane, examples from others' and her own work to illustrate points. Engaging pace. Manageable length of sessions.

- Royston Tester

I love everything about the course: experiencing Carol Ann Duffy 'in person', watching her talk about her life and how it has informed her poetry. Very informative and inspiring.

- Fran Graham

She is very engaging, personable and (obviously) knowledgeable but the skill is in being able to share that knowledge in a way that her students understand.

- Corinne Foster

I find it really accessible and her delivery is clear and authoritative with lots of ideas and experience. her reading of poems as examples is lovely. Quite the best and most enjoyable poetry course I have done.

- Jill Hopkins

Extremely enjoyable, stimulating, well expressed, nice size 'bites'.

- Ann Richardson

I love everything about the course: experiencing Carol Ann Duffy 'in person', watching her talk about her life and how it has informed her poetry. Very informative and inspiring. I love her openness and willingness to share small and often personal details of her life.

- Fran Graham

Carol Ann Duffy is very down-to-earth (with a dry sense of humor) and makes the subject matter interesting, engaging and approachable. I LOVE this course and it has given me inspiration to continue my poetry practice with renewed passion.

- Cheryl Thatt-Burbank

I like the friendly personal style of Carol Ann Duffy. I very much enjoy her poetry and it is fascinating to hear some of the background to her work. The course is practical, with lots of good ideas, and inspiring.

- Anon

Guidance about what to read and what to notice. And encouragement to just get something down, even if you’re not sure about it - just get started.

- Linda

The Poet Carol Ann Duffy is so experienced and so far has given me an opportunity to think differently about Poetry in a very deep but pleasurable way.

- Linda Oliver

Start writing today

Find your voice and start writing poetry now with the award-winning poet, Carol Ann Duffy as your teacher. 

Learn to see the world and your experiences through new eyes, and create your very own collection of poetry. 

Watch the course at your own pace, on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile, and rewatch as many times as you like. 

25 video lessons, 5.5 hrs
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