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CAMPUS Digital Open Day: join us May 7

CAMPUS – the social network for poets – is hosting its first ever Digital Open Day this Wednesday 7 May.

If you’re currently a CAMPUS member or thinking about joining our community, this is best way to find out more, interact with other poets, as well as a rare opportunity to peek into our many secret vaults. It’s also a great chance for students new to our online course programme to experience peer-to-peer learning first-hand.

Digital Open Day highlights include:

•  Access to previously hidden areas of CAMPUS, including online course groups: see how other online courses have worked and what kind of poems other students are writing (all day – advanced booking only)

•  A live Q&A with Jen Hadfield on her most recent collection Byssus and her writing career, answering questions directly from CAMPUS poets (1pm GMT – advanced booking recommended)

•  A live panel discussion with Kim Moore, Hannah Lowe, Neil Astley (Bloodaxe) and Amy Wack (Seren) on ‘The Path to a First Collection’ (5pm GMT – advanced booking recommended)

•  An Open Workshop with Tom Chivers on the poetics of sleep, with a live chat starting at 1am in the morning (the assignment will be posted 28 April – advanced booking only)

•  Instant advice and feedback on your draft poems from our new Digital Poet in Residence, Kim Moore, in our ‘Show Us Your Poems’ surgery

•  The ‘24/7’ poetry writing challenge: win the chance to have your poem published on the CAMPUS blog and receive one our premium downloads as a prize.

•  A digital welcome pack with ideas and suggestions on how to use CAMPUS, including starting your own writing group.

If you’d like to take part in any of these Digital Open Day activities, or would just like general information about the whole day, email me back on this address – [email protected] – to book your place now. Further details for each individual event/activity are forthcoming and will be posted on the CAMPUS blog or in the Digital Open Day group. And if you’re still new to the site and not sure on what CAMPUS is exactly, or how CAMPUS works, just send me an email and I’d be happy to answer any queries you might have.

Whether you’ve already notched up your fourth online course with The Poetry School, or you signed up to CAMPUS and haven’t done anything about it since, we hope you’ll find something to interest you at our Digital Open Day. Most of all, it’s a wonderful chance to meet other poets, so even if you can’t make any of the free programme, please drop by on May 7 and say hello, introduce yourself, maybe even share a poem? We’d love to hear from you.

To find out more about CAMPUS, who we are, what we do and why we do it, our home page is as good a place to start as any:

May the 7th be with you! (Wait – that doesn’t work does it?)




  • Ann Perrin

    so what does one need to do in technicial terms to join in the discussion. I have bog standard acer laptop.

  • Poetry School

    Hi Ann – all you need to take part in a live chat is a computer and an internet connection. All our live chats take place in CAMPUS using an online-style chatroom tool called Group Chat. If you’ve signed up to the Digital Open Day you’ll soon be getting an email and a welcome pack with lots of info.

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