Writing Poetry

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Writing Poetry

Find your style of poetry, develop your craft and experiment with different poetic forms.

Are there personal, political or social themes you want to explore on the page in poetic form? Perhaps you’re someone who’s always written poems but has never shared them with others? Or maybe you want to learn new techniques and find ways to push your poetry further than you have before?

Whether you’re putting pen to paper for the first time or have a long-established relationship with the genre, award-winning poet, publisher and educator Anthony Anaxagorou will equip you with a sophisticated set of tools to help you fine-tune your voice, build your confidence and stretch your skills.

Enjoyable and engaging poetry course.

Trey Montague


Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, New Statesman, Granta, and elsewhere. His second collection After the Formalities, published with Penned in the Margins, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize. It was also a Telegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year. In 2020 he published How To Write It with Merky Books. Anthony is an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton, artistic director of Out-Spoken – a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre – and publisher of Out-Spoken Press. His forthcoming poetry collection Heritage Aesthetics will be published by Granta in 2022.

What does this course give you?

  • Video modules: Work through six weekly modules comprising teaching videos and substantial notes from Anthony. Topics range from how to choose subjects and find your voice, to an exploration of poetic forms, to how to avoid common pitfalls and how to edit your work.
  • Writing tasks: Work your way through Anthony’s weekly tasks, including generating new ideas, writing poems in different forms, cutting and editing.
  • Resources & notes: You’ll get access to detailed notes, annotated reading lists and resources, plus case studies from Anthony's own work.
  • Professional feedback: An expert CBC editor will give brief written feedback on several of the students' practical assignments every week, with all students receiving feedback on one of their writing tasks. Students are also given the option to purchase additional end-of-course feedback from our expert editors.
  • Student forum: Find your writing community on our private student forums. Upload your completed writing tasks, give and receive peer-to-peer feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your fellow students and the CBC team.

Course schedule & delivery

Our online courses are designed for flexible learning. Allocate your own study time and take part from wherever you are in the world. Each week, we recommend spending at least four hours on the course.

It’s also important to be writing poetry, reading widely and to keep your notebook on hand to scribble fragments and ideas throughout your time on the course.

  • WEEK 1
    Getting started
  • WEEK 2
    Language, lineation & abstraction
  • WEEK 3
    Making moves
  • WEEK 4
    Finding your form
  • WEEK 5
    Page & stage
  • WEEK 6
    Next steps

Additional feedback

All students will be given the option to purchase feedback on their final task from a CBC editor.

  • CBC report: For an additional fee of £145, you can obtain a detailed 500-word report on your work (one or more poems of up to 40 lines total) from one of our CBC editors.
  • CBC report + tutorial: For an additional fee of £240, you can obtain a 500-word report from one of our CBC editors and have a 30-minute video or telephone tutorial with them to discuss your work.