A super-quick post to say that I’m enjoying this course, How To Make A Poem, provided by the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University via FutureLearn.
Helen Mort, Michael Symmons Roberts and Martin Kratz are the main educators – they feature in videos and in written materials. Here is some blurb from the site about what the three week course is about:
Discover the power of poetry, and learn to write your own
This course explores what inspires poetry, how we write poems and how to tell when your poem is finished.
Whether you’ve never written a poem before, or you‘ve been secretly writing away for some years, this course provides a positive environment in which to begin writing and to share your work with others.
The course follows the story of a poem from start to end, guiding you through the process of writing your own work step by step.
To help us, we will be hearing from poets across world and throughout history, learning from the advice they have given others.
I’m always open to learning and new ideas and I have some free time at the moment (I’m on Half-Term and I’ve almost signed off on my book!) so I’m well-placed to engage with a course like this. It’s aimed at people of all abilities, including complete beginners. It’s a free course (all materials available online for five weeks – if you want to have longer access to materials, you can pay £42 for an upgrade).
I thought it was worth a mention for those of you interested in this kind of thing.