Political Poetry - next start date September 13th

Due to popular demand we will be running this course for a fourth time in the Autumn. Do get in touch if you'd like to book a place or find out more. Each week you receive a tutorial via email (illustrated with videos and audio recordings). There are writing prompts and exercises to inspire work, an online chat group for discussion, and written feedback from the Live canon team. 

  • Topics covered include:
  • What is political poetry? 
  • Politics and form
  • Protest poetry
  • Discourse, rhetoric and vocabulary
  • Poet as witness
  • Writing Back
  • Satire
  • Public Poetry
  • Old Stories, New Contexts
  • Rebels and Rule breakers

The cost is 150 pounds (half price for students) and this can be split into three instalments.

Feedback from participants:

'The tutorials are absolutely packed with information, inspiration and ideas. Way more than I was expecting'.

'I've been on quite a lot of poetry courses. This is the first that has really changed me as a writer.'

'I found myself relating pretty much everything I was reading, writing or thinking to the course. It was three months of pure engagement for me'.

'This sort of correspondence course is a god send if, like me, you are on the other side of the world from the poetry community you used to be a part of...'

Experimenting with Form

Next start date September 13th

Reasonably confident poet, but want to experiment more with form and metre...? This course will be 12 weeks and will take a playful journey through some of the most interesting forms in English poetry... Topics include: the modern sonnet, tanka and haiku, the ghazal, sestina, villanelle, terza rima, visual and concrete poetry, epistolatory poems, iambic pentameter and rhyme royal... Each week you receive a tutorial via email, illustrated with video and audio clips. There are a number of quick tasks to complete and then a main writing task, which can be sent to Live Canon for written feedback. There is an online discussion forum for the group to share work and discuss tasks. 

The course costs £150. 50% discount for students and unwaged. Course fees can be paid in 3 installments. 

One-on-one coaching

If you are a poet and would like some one-on-one help from Live Canon with performing your poetry (including voice, breath, preparing poems for performance, combatting nerves, microphone technique) then get in touch to find out more and book a session. 

 Filming Your Poems for Youtube

October 8th

A one day course to get you started with filming your work, uploading it, and building an online following. 

At the request of several poets, we ran this course for the first time in January. It proved popular so we are running it again with a choice of two dates... 

The course will cover

  • selecting and rehearsing material
  • filming yourself (on iphone, tablet, laptop or video camera)
  • editing and uploading
  • using youtube to promote your poetry

The number of participants will need to be limited, so please get in touch if you would like to book a place. 

Date: 8th October 2017

Times: 10am-5pm

Cost: 80 pounds, including lunch


from partipants on Live Canon's 'Performing Your Poetry' course:

‘a stimulating and interesting day… it helped that it was a small group’

‘it was great to get to spend a day learning with some very impressive poets and theatrical professionals’

‘I felt I’d improved over the day. Of course that’s mainly an illusion, but I do feel that I now have the tools to improve and that I know what to do to start to get better and more confident.’

‘I thought it was incredibly good value… I felt that I got a lot of stuff packed in to my day’s worth of hours, and at a very reasonable cost.’

‘it was pretty much bang-on’

‘it was a perfect balance of instruction, interaction and practice’

‘I had a brilliant time and learned loads, thank you!’

‘A really helpful day’

‘if it had stopped at lunchtime, I would already have learnt an awful lot’