Upcoming courses

Online masterclasses:

Form with Glyn Maxwell: 2nd May, 7pm
Metre with Helen Eastman: 24th April, 2pm

In person classes:

Form with Glyn Maxwell: 7th May, 2.30pm
Performing your poetry with Helen Eastman: 27th April, 10am

Correspondence Courses

Our online/ correspondence courses are 4, 6, 8 or 12 weeks in length. Each week you receive a tutorial (via email) with written material and links to audio and video recordings. There are various quick tasks within the email and then one main writing task for the week. You can send that work to Live Canon for detailed written feedback each week. There is also an online discussion group for the course, which you can dip into at any time, and discuss work with other participants and get their feedback. The courses are designed to be as flexible as possible around your other life commitments - you don't need to be available at any specific time in the week. 

Live Canon courses are taught by our director, Dr Helen Eastman, unless otherwise stated. 

Summer Term 2022

The Historical Figure in Poetry (6 weeks)


Humour in Poetry


Promoting Your Poetry (4 weeks)


Writing the Climate Crisis (12 weeks)


The monthly tutorial

For some people the intensity of a 4, 6 or 12 week course doesn't quite work. So we are now offering a 'monthly' tutorial subscription. On the first of each month you'll receive a tutorial on a topic that's caught our imagination. It'll have some quick tasks and prompts within it, and then one main task at the end. You can subscribe to just receive the tutorials, or subscribe to also get written feedback each month on the poem you write in response to the prompt. You can unsubscribe at any time. 
This is a new venture for us, but we hope it provides something which fits into life in a different way:

Written feedback

If you would like written feedback from Live Canon, outside the parameters of a course, don't hesitate to get in touch. We offer a feedback service at a cost of £50 (£25 for concessions)  for written feedback on three poems. Email us at livecanon @ btinternet.com

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. 

Feedback on our courses

From participants on our correspondence courses:

'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...'

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’