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Lyrics and Libretto: Online Poetry Correspondence Course, Live Canon


An online/correspondence course for writers and poets

Lyrics and librettos - Spring Term 2021

Wednesday 20th January 2021 – Wednesday 17th February 2021

A six week course on writing text for music. How does this differ from writing poetry? How do lyricist/composer collaborations work? How have different lyricists and librettists approached their work?

This course will be led by Dr Helen Eastman, who has worked extensively as a librettist for opera, and writing lyrics for both classical music and musicals. Find out more at

This is a 6 week correspondence course, and you can take part from anywhere in the world. Each week you receive a tutorial via email (illustrated with videos and audio recordings). There will be tasks to complete and to share with the group and the Live Canon team. There will be detailed written feedback each week from the course tutors. You don't need to be available at a particular time each week.

The cost is 100 pounds (75 pounds for students and the unwaged). That includes 6 tutorials, and detailed written feedback each week on your work. 

Feedback from participants on other Live Canon correspondence courses:

'The tutorials are absolutely packed with information, inspiration and ideas. Way more than I was expecting'.

'I've been on quite a lot of poetry courses. This is the first that has really changed me as a writer.'

'I found myself relating pretty much everything I was reading, writing or thinking to the course. It was three months of pure engagement for me'.

'This sort of correspondence course is a god send if, like me, you are on the other side of the world from the poetry community you used to be a part of...'

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email

This is one of many courses offered by Live Canon; find out about other courses, and opportunities for feedback and coaching at

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