About the course

This free online course will explore the great poetry of William Wordsworth, with an emphasis on his writing process and the inspirational landscape of the Lake District. It starts on September 7 and runs for four weeks.

Discover how Wordsworth wrote his best-known works

The course was filmed in The Wordsworth Museum and at Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived from 1799 to 1808. There, he produced his greatest work, including “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (perhaps better known as “Daffodils”) and The Prelude (his autobiographical masterpiece).

You will study how Wordsworth created and revised these poems as well as his first collection, Lyrical Ballads.  We will draw on the world’s greatest collection of original material produced by Wordsworth, the magnificent, designated collection of the Wordsworth Trust, which includes 90% of the poet's manuscripts.

This will enable participants to study how poems are created and how they develop through the process of revision.

Through lectures, readings and focusing on Grasmere and the wider Lake District area, we will explore why this specific location was so important for Wordsworth and evaluate the part that his poetry has played in shaping and preservation of the National Park.

Leading Wordsworth scholars

Contributors to the course will include Jeff Cowton MBE, the Curator of the Wordsworth Trust’s Collection and an expert on all things Wordsworthian, and Professor Sally Bushell, one of the world’s leading scholars on Wordsworth’s writing process, who is based at Lancaster University on the doorstep of the Lake District.

Have a look at this video, to see Professor Simon Bainbridge, Lead Educator on the course, give you an idea of what to expect.



This course is open to anyone with an interest in poetry, place and the process of writing.

If you haven’t read Wordsworth before, the course will give you an enjoyable introduction to one of the best-loved poets in English literature.

If you’re already familiar with his poetry, your understanding will be enhanced through this unique opportunity to study it where it was written.

You can get more information and register online by clicking here.

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Dove Cottage today

Dove Cottage today