Write the future. You’ll find inspiration in great writers – exploring how they shape worlds through words – and receive tailored coaching to push your own work further than ever.
16-17 year olds
14 days commencing:
Learn the methods and structures you need to create engaging fiction, prose and poetry on our inspiring Creative Writing course. You’ll discover the origins of creative writing, discover why we write in the first place and how to craft compelling opening chapters. We’ll also explore character development, structure and plot and voice and dialogue for an in-depth study of the works behind the words.
Learn the Oxford way with tutorial style teaching. Your expert tutor will foster self-directed learning and critical thinking through interactive seminars in small groups (no bigger than 8). During your course, you will complete two pieces of independent work (essays or problem sheets), which your tutor will then evaluate in either a 1:1 or 2:1 tutorial. Tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work and feedback with your tutor and learn new perspectives from your classmates. On completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate and letter of recommendation from your tutor.
It’s all about balance. Study with us at Cambridge and we’ll help you embrace everything the city has to offer – from socialising with new friends with shared interests to field trips and excursions for practical lessons you just can’t learn from a textbook. We understand students. We make sure you’re stimulated with a social calendar that packs it all in, from traditional guided tours of the University museums to a tranquil afternoon punting on the River Cam.
And of course, you’ll experience the true Cambridge way of life from weekly formal dinners to competitive debating and croquet. Remember to save some energy for dancing the night away at a disco!
The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace – just a few of the world-famous landmarks in this part of London. Enjoy being at the heart of our vibrant capital.
Discover amazing treasures and experience the history of people from around the world. Then explore the heart of London from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, to the National Gallery and St James' Park.
Enjoy the fun of the classic Chaucer's Canterbury Tales as we take you back in history to discover English life in the 14th Century. Explore the famous Cathedral and even have a go at dressing in clothes of the time.
Explore the history of space, time and navigation at the Royal Observatory, step aboard the historic Cutty Sark, and uncover gripping stories about how today’s world was shaped at the National Maritime Museum.
Let your imagination roar with history, magic, myth and adventure in the age of gallant dragon-slaying knights. And discover dark dungeons and watch birds of prey soar at one of England’s finest mediaeval castles.
The Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, and over 1,000 years of history – explore this iconic ancient fortress and castle, walk along the mighty river Thames and discover vibrant Brick Lane.
"Oxford Summer Courses, as an institution is such a perfect opportunity to experience the Oxford life for aspiring students!"
"The Creative Writing Course helped me properly analyse famous writers’ works in order to fully understand them while letting me create my own short stories and poems. "
"Oxford Summer Courses has been such a unique and fulfilling experience with the help of the counselors and mentors. "
"We read and analysed Beowulf, the Tempest, and we read parts of the Canterbury Tales. We also had to write our own and shared them on our way to Merton college."
Home to Cambridge University since 1209, this city is famous for its cyclists, its museums, and of course, the 107 Nobel Laureates. But have you heard of the Mathematical Bridge (c.1749)- the first bridge built using mathematical principles? Or did you know that the first official game of football with rules similar to those we use now was played in 1848 in the middle of the city? Cambridge has so much to offer, from a vibrant history to cobbled streets and cozy cafes. It’s the perfect place to study, and spend a summer exploring.
You will be staying in single or twin room college accommodation, occupied by students during term time, located within a mile of the centre. Your accommodation will be ideally located to explore all the best areas of the city, from its oldest colleges to its lovely cafes. Ensuite rooms may be available at some locations.
You will get a chance to eat in a variety of restaurants in Cambridge, tasting food from all over the world. On top of that, you’ll be treated to a delicious formal dinner in your college - a three course meal where everyone gets a chance to dress up!
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