How to Make a Poem is promoted by the Manchester Metropolitan University in FutureLearn platform, starting 28 may 2018 –

On this course we will be asking questions such as:

  • What is poetry and what is a poet?
  • What choices go into writing a poem?
  • What is the difference between craft and technique?

We will also be considering different poetic forms such as found poetry, the cento, sonnets, free verse, ghazal, as well as things to help you make formal choices such as line breaks, metre, rhyme, and rhythm. As well a developing your writing skills we will think about developing your inner editor and how to support others in writing their work in a poetry workshop.


This course explores what inspires poetry, how we write poems and how to tell when your poem is finished.

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.

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