Study English Literature with Oxford Summer Courses

English Literature Summer School

Oxford is one of the world’s literary capitals, home to many of the great English writers you’ll study here at Oxford Summer Courses. In this city, teeming with literary significance, you’ll study the development of the English literary tradition, sharpen your critical eye, advance your writing skills, and broaden your horizons to discover your own voice as a writer and scholar.

Take a look at our range of English literature courses for 10-24 year olds 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 English Literature course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our English Literature programme from 18-24 year olds is ordinarily taught through four seminars and one one-hour tutorial per week. All readings and seminar questions will be circulated prior to the seminars. Importantly, the topic of the tutorials is decided in discussion between students and tutors, as this is an opportunity for students to develop and explore their interests in a small group setting.

The course allows students to focus on their own areas of literary interest, from Medieval Literature to Modernism to Magical Realism. Students will have the chance to pursue cross-period studies, for example, comparing the works of George Orwell and Hunter S. Thompson with the plays of Shakespeare, or examining the writings of Zadie Smith alongside E. M. Forster.

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    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our course for 16-17 year olds allows students to focus on their own areas of literary interest, from Medieval Literature to Modernism to Magical Realism. Students will have the chance to pursue cross-period studies, for example, comparing the works of George Orwell and Hunter S. Thompson with the plays of Shakespeare, or examining the writings of Zadie Smith alongside E. M. Forster.

The Oxford Summer Courses English Literature course will explore many of the underlying themes that pervade throughout literary history, offering students a historic overview of movements such as the Romantics and the Post-Modernists.

13-15 years

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

Our Creative Writing and English Literature course takes place in the shadow of the city of Oxford. This city has inspired many of the greatest writers including J.R.R. Tolkein (The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings), Lewis Carrol (Alice in Wonderland) and Phillip Pullman (The Subtle Knife) and the Harry Potter films were even shot here so it's no surprise that our course is designed to inspire you to write your own stories and poems.

Our morning seminars help you to learn the techniques that good writers use and are supplemented by practical afternoon workshops where we encourage you to write your own stories and poems under the guidance of an expert tutor.

At the end of the course you'll have been introduced to different writing techniques and even had a go at writing your own story! With no more than six students to a class you'll get lots of time to ask your tutor questions and develop your understanding of Creative Writing and English Literature. These highly interactive sessions give you the chance learn about your subject and help you to develop your understanding while having lots of fun in the process!

10-12 years

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

STORY EXPLORERS

How many stories do you have to tell? Jump into the worlds of journalism and creative writing and develop your skills as a writer of fiction and non-fiction. From reviewing a new music release to composing a haiku; breaking a sports story to penning your own page-turning thriller, you will have the opportunity to explore a whole range of writing styles. You will also dive into the most modern forms of storytelling, uncovering how a photojournalist can tell a story with no words at all, and how a vlog can attract thousands of viewers. What kind of storyteller will you be?

Sidney Sponer - English Literature student from 2015

The academic experience at Oxford Summer Courses is amazing. I had only one other person in my English Literature class, and we got to spend a lot of time with an experienced tutor, just learning more about what we love. My professor, Amanda Holton, opened me up to so many inspiring poets and writers, including Yeats and Austen, and let me write about what I'm interested in. It can't get better than that level of familiarity in the classroom.

Sidney Sponer - English Literature student from 2015

Staff

Dr Amanda Holton

Amanda Holton was educated at Oxford University, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. She has many years’ experience teaching Old and Middle English and the English language at various UK universities. Her main research interests are in Chaucer, the medieval and early Renaissance love lyric, and poetics, with an emphasis on the intersection of form and meaning. She also has particular interests in the relationship between medieval and Renaissance poetry. Her publications include The Sources of Chaucer’s Poetics (Ashgate, 2008), and Tottel’s Miscellany (Penguin, 2011), edited with Tom MacFaul. She is currently working on a book on the role of rhyme in love lyric from 1300 to 1579.

Catherine Lloyd

Catherine Lloyd was a scholar at St Anne’s College Oxford, where she gained a Masters in English Literature. She went on to work as a political lobbyist then retrained as a teacher. She has been on the Senior Leadership Teams of a wide range of schools, most recently working in the area Adolescent Mental Health and Education. Catherine Lloyd has a Masters (with Distinction) from Oxford Brookes Unversity in Creative Writing. Writing under the name Catherine Chanter, she has written for BBC Radio 4, had prize winning poetry published in a range of journals and anthologies and has published a novella and collection of short stories, Rooms of the Mind. Her novel The Well which won the Lucy Cavendish (Cambridge) prize and was published by Canongate in 2015. It has become an international bestseller and has been translated into ten langauges.

Prices and Dates

2018

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

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 24th June to 7th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 24th June to 7th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 1st July to 14th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 1st July to 14th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 8th July to 21st July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 8th July to 21st July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 15th July to 28th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 15th July to 28th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age group)
    • • 22nd July to 4th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 29th July to 11th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 1st July to 21st July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 24th June to 21st July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 1st July to 28th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age group)
    • • 24th June to 21st July, Oxford (13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 age group)
    • • 8th July to 4th August, Oxford (13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 age group)

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 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 1st, 8th and 15th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 1st and 8th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 1st

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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