Sharpen your style and learn how to write distinctive poems that stretch your imagination and resonate with readers.
Jun 16 2022 - Jul 28 2022
Write lively, impactful poems
Hosted on our bespoke learning platform
+ £145 for a 500-word report
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.
Across six teaching weeks, Anthony will explore the key elements that go into making a good poem, drawing on his own experience of writing, editing and performing acclaimed poetry. You’ll learn how to work the line, experiment with subject matter and form, pull back from the temptation to over-write, make moves within the poem to take it in unexpected directions and edit your work to raise it to a new level.
You’ll explore the white space of the page and the tensions of spoken word. You’ll learn the rules of important classical forms such as sonnets and sestinas – but also that rules must sometimes be bent or broken as part of the questioning and questing that happens when we write poems.
In addition to the specially filmed teaching videos, detailed notes and resources, Anthony will set weekly writing tasks, getting you to generate new poems from unexpected starting points; transform existing work using techniques learned on the course, and edit your poetry. All students will receive a short piece of written feedback on one writing task from an expert editor during the course.
This course will challenge you creatively, intellectually and technically with the aim to make your original poems stronger. At the end of the course you will share up to 40 lines of poetry with your fellow students and have the option to purchase a report from an experienced editor. All of our online courses are designed for flexible study – you can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are.
Anthony Anaxagorou, Poet
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?
Weekly Teaching Modules
We give you the tools to write impactful poetry
Work through six weekly modules comprising teaching videos, substantial notes and tasks by Anthony Anaxagorou. 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.
Dedicated Teaching Videos
Award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou guides you through the course
Watch specially filmed, informative teaching videos presented by Anthony Anaxagorou, that empower you with tools to help you discover your own poetics. Plus exclusive video performances of some of Anthony's poems.
Resources & Notes
Comprehensive teaching notes and reference materials which are yours to keep
You’ll get access to detailed notes, annotated reading lists and resources, plus case studies from Anthony's own work.
The hub of our online courses – find your writing community
Upload your completed tasks, give and receive feedback, and discuss the weekly topics with your fellow students and the CBC team.
Tailor-made tasks help you put the lessons into practice
Work your way through Anthony’s weekly tasks, including generating new ideas, writing poems in different forms, cutting and editing.
Get feedback from your peers and an expert CBC editor
Sharpen your editorial eye through offering comment on other students’ work and get their feedback on yours. An expert CBC editor will give brief written comments on several of the students’ practical assignments each week, with all students receiving feedback on a task at some stage of the course.
You can follow the course at your own pace – but to get the best out of the course, we suggest you allow 3-4 hours per week to watch the videos, read and reflect on the notes and resources, complete the writing tasks, and take part in discussions in the forum. We encourage all students to offer positive, constructive feedback to each other in the forum as the course progresses.
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. At the end of the course, we invite students to share one or more complete poems of up to 40 lines in total. This is not a submission to the agency but an opportunity to get peer feedback.
All students will be given the option to purchase feedback on their final task from a CBC editor (a published poet with relevant teaching/editorial experience).
- 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 editors.
- CBC report + tutorial: For an additional fee of £240, you can obtain a 500-word report from one of our editors and have a 30-minute video or telephone tutorial with them to discuss your work.
Each week students will gain access to a new module packed with practical advice for how to compose and edit your poetry. Our bespoke learning platform features separate forum spaces for all six teaching modules, arranged in a clear structure that’s easy to use. Our online learning space allows students to quickly find and take part in discussions and to locate task materials they’d like to refer back to.
Anthony shows how poetry is not an elitist pursuit for the few – it’s open to all. Overcome your inhibitions, tap into your imagination and explore some different ways to make a poem.
Language, Lineation and Abstraction
Learn how to use line-breaks, pull back on adjectives and avoid over-writing. Plus the importance of embracing uncertainty.
How to ‘make moves’ in your poems to take them in unexpected directions. Plus an exploration of the revelation, and how to overcome the dreaded writer’s block.
Finding Your Form
Learn about traditional poetic forms and how to be playful. Experiment with subjects and themes as they inform the types of poems you create.
Page and Stage
Explore the structural differences between writing spoken word and page poetry, and get tips on how to perform your work. Plus advice on how to edit your poems.
Learn how submit to poetry magazines, journals and competitions. Think about cover letters to editors and discover how to start putting together a full collection or pamphlet.