Poetry short course

We are delighted to offer an online Poetry short course for 2023, delivered in collaboration with Carcanet Press, one of the leading literary publishers of modern and classic poetry. These courses, which will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, provide an exciting opportunity to be tutored by acclaimed poets from The University’s Centre for New Writing, including Professors of Poetry, John McAuliffe and Michael Schmidt (founder of Carcanet Press), and poets who have appeared on Carcanet's acclaimed New Poetries VIII, Chad Campbell and Rebecca Hurst.

Each session of the 4-week course will introduce participants to some of the most important techniques of reading and writing poetry. The course will deepen your understanding of the craft of writing, drawing on material in the Rylands Modern Literary Archive, as well as providing inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work. The professional poets leading the courses will also offer expert advice on the publishing process, advice on the changing contexts for publishing your work and, more broadly, on the publishing process.

Course duration

  • 4-week course
  • 27 June - 18 July 2023, 7pm - 9pm (individual tutorials scheduled with participants in w/c 24 July)


  • 27 June and 29 June
  • 4 July and 6 July
  • 11 July and 13 July
  • Final zoom group session on 18 July
  • Individual tutorials at Carcanet offices or online, with Prof John McAuliffe and Prof Michael Schmidt in late July

Teaching and learning

  • The course is delivered completely online and runs from 7pm to 9pm on each date. 
  • It is taught and assessed via the use of online lectures, seminars, workshops and live reading events.

About your Tutors

Fees and how to apply

  • The total course fee is £450.00.
  • To apply please visit the estore.

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For further information or guidance please email salc-cpd@manchester.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Participants will usually have some prior experience of creative writing or poetry. This course is for anyone who would like to develop their understanding of contemporary poetry and how to write better poetry.

The course is delivered completely online. You will therefore need a computer with an internet connection to access the course.

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