Study Creative Writing with Oxford Summer Courses

Creative Writing Summer School

Oxford has long been the inspiration of some of the world’s best known and most loved writers. From C.S. Lewis to J.R.R Tolkien and from Oscar Wilde to Percy Bysshe Shelley, all have come to the literary world from Oxford. Whether it is Lewis Carol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Oxford’s literary pedigree has been well established for centuries. Could there be a better place to try your hand at crafting your own literary masterpiece?

We offer a range of courses within creative writing for ages from 10 to 24 – take a look in more detail by exploring below.

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your Creative Writing course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Somerville College
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our creative writing course for 18-24 year olds is ordinarily taught through four seminars and one tutorial per week, providing students with time to discuss their own writing in both groups and individually. In seminars you'll discuss the writing techniques of some of English literature's great authors, exploring elements such as how to hook your reader, the auditory imagination and the use of meter and rhyme within creative writing.

The topic of tutorials is decided in discussion between students and tutors, as this is an opportunity for students to develop and explore their interests with their tutor.

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  • Creative Writing- 18-24 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Somerville College
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our tutors will introduce you to some of the techniques that many of the great literary giants have used in the past, encouraging you to write as much as possible so you return home with your own short stories or poetry. Not only that, but you will be surrounded by the colleges, buildings and landscapes that inspired some of your favourite writers - whether it is the Lamp-post from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or the dining hall at Christ Church, used in the Harry Potter films as the Great Hall, there will doubtless be something here to inspire you.

13-15 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality Oxford accommodation
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Breakfast and dinner included

You can find more information about our combined Creative Writing and English Literature course for 13-15 year olds on our course page by clicking the button below.

10-12 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality Oxford accommodation
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Story Explorers

We offer a Story Explorers course for 10-12 year olds - take a look on our course page by clicking the button below.

Alizee Cordesse – Creative Writing student from 2015

Oxford Summer Courses was a unique experience for me: studying my favourite subject - creative writing - in the home of one of the most prestigious universities in the world is a huge opportunity. I could have seminars with a passionate tutor in a very small group (we were only two students) and we had to write a short story and a poem: difficult exercises but hugely satisfying and with so much constructive feedback and good advice from my tutor! We had also lot of freedom and could make so many discoveries: day-trips, concert, play, museums, (and punting!) and above all meeting people from all over the world. Moreover, all of the staff were so friendly and welcoming especially if we needed any help. In short, anyone who is interested in Creative Writing has to do it!

Alizee Cordesse – Creative Writing student from 2015

Staff

Dr Kieron Winn

Dr Kieron Winn

Kieron Winn’s first collection of poetry, The Mortal Man, was published in 2015, and has been widely praised www.kieronwinn.com. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was awarded a doctorate for a thesis on Herbert Read and T. S. Eliot. His poems have appeared in magazines including Agenda, Agni, The Dark Horse, Literary Imagination, The London Magazine, The New Criterion, New Statesman, Oxford Magazine, Poetry Review, The Rialto, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. Selections of his poems have featured anthologies including Carcanet’s Oxford Poets 2007 and Waywiser’s Joining Music with Reason, and he has read his poems on BBC TV and radio. He has twice won, in 2007 and 2013, the University of Oxford’s most valuable literary award, the English Poem on a Sacred Subject Prize. He lives in Oxford, where he is a freelance teach

Dr Kieron Winn

Henry Little

Henry Little is a prize-winning author and highly experienced teacher and tutor of English language and creative writing. Born in Oxford and educated at one of the country's leading schools, Magdalen College school, he then moved Bristol to complete a Joint Honours degree in English and Philosophy. He then received a poetry scholarship from the Arvon foundation (studying under Hugo Williams and Julia Copus) before returning to Oxford in 2011 to gain a spot on what was then the University's most competitive Master's course, the recently-founded Creative Writing MSt.

He has written and published across a range of genres, from food and wine (as a restaurant critic in London), to poetry, drama and prose. His theatrical Adaptation of Kafka's A Country Doctor was staged at Oxford's Burton Taylor Theatre in 2012. He now resides in Oxford where he balances tutoring with a move to becoming a full-time writer with the completion of his first major work.

Dr Kieron Winn

Yolanda Barton

Yolanda Barton (M.A.; Postgraduate Certificate of Education) is a secondary school English teacher who qualified to teach in British state education in June 2016, through the University of Oxford. Previously, she took her Bachelor of Arts in English through the University of Nottingham, scoring a 2:1, and followed this with a Master of Arts in English, specialising in Norse and Viking Studies. She has previously taught English in the state system in South Korea and private schools in Taiwan, and is TESOL certified. Yolanda has worked as a proof-reader for Ulsan City Council in South Korea, where she also helped the Council compile a multilingual cookery book for the migrant spouses of locals. In the UK, she has worked as a proof-reader for the Open University, and as a moderator and contributor on an online group aiming to launch the careers of aspiring poets. She hopes to have her first novel published in the near future.

Prices and Dates

Courses for 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 year olds:

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 2nd July to 15th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 9th July to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 9th July to 22nd July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 16th July to 29th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 16th July to 29th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age group) limited availability
    • • 23rd July to 5th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 30th July to 12th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 2nd July to 22nd July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 25th June to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • Oxford, (16-17 and 18-24 age group) contact Admissions Office to check availability at info@oxfordsummercourses.com

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
  • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
  • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

Courses for 10-12 year olds:

Held at Wycombe Abbey

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 2nd, 9th and 16th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 2nd and 9th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 2nd

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All meals including lunch
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

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