Free online poetry courses

This post was originally published on 12 February 2015 but I'm going to keep adding to it as I hear of new courses. Here are the courses with links to registration forms and blurb from each site.  I might see some of you in class! NEW! Ten Premodern Poems by Women   - Stanford University - March 31 - June 9 Course … Continue reading Free online poetry courses

University of Iowa’s Writing MOOC

How Writers Write Poetry I’ve signed up for the University of Iowa’s free, six-week MOOC (massive open online course) called ‘How Writers Write Poetry’, which started on June 28th. There’s still time to sign up and take part – details here. There are two 30 minute videos to watch each week, presented by poets who … Continue reading University of Iowa’s Writing MOOC

ModPo: Seven chapters in and flagging a bit

Speeding through ModPo and I could do with a few 36 hour days and/or a better brain.  I seem to be spending more time watching discussions about poetry rather than reading poetry and I am starting to feel like a child at the fairground trying to catch up with the merry-go-round.  One of the disadvantages … Continue reading ModPo: Seven chapters in and flagging a bit

The music of Gertrude Stein

ModPo is racing on; we are now starting Week Five of this ten week course.  My highlights last week were listening to a Penn Sound recording of Gertrude Stein reading her poem If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso (1912) and watching an extract from Shutters Shut, a dance choreographed by Paul Lightfoot … Continue reading The music of Gertrude Stein

Modern and Contemporary American Poetry: Catching Up at 3AM

Waking at 3am on Saturday and finding myself unable to get back to sleep, I came downstairs in my pyjamas, made a cup of tea and plugged into the final readings for Week 3 of ModPo.  I love this course! Hilda Doolittle (known as H.D.), Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams were the poets we … Continue reading Modern and Contemporary American Poetry: Catching Up at 3AM

30,000 students but no-one has to share a desk!

My main news is that, along with 30,000 other people world-wide, I've signed up for, and am into my second week of, the free, on-line, ten-week taster course in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, or ModPo, offered by the University of Pennsylvania using the Coursera on-line platform and featuring the charismatic and hugely knowledgeable Professor of Literature, … Continue reading 30,000 students but no-one has to share a desk!