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#Cambridge #13-15 years old #Maximum class size of 8 #From £5895

English Literature and Creative Writing

A magic mix of reading and writing. Discover great works throughout the ages, get inspiration from your literary surroundings and watch your own writing blossom.
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Build the creative knowledge and expertise you need to express yourself fluently in words. Take our English Literature and Creative Writing course and learn how to communicate clearly and confidently, creating dynamic characters and engaging chapters. We’ll explore the significance of dissecting every word chosen, how to discover a unique writing style and the power of poetry.

Teaching methodology

Learning in a small group (no more than 8 students and often fewer) means that you get quality time with your teacher and ask as many questions as you like! Through interactive learning, our teachers will guide you through new concepts and assign you practice tasks to build your knowledge and skills. You will also have an opportunity for group work, independent research, and homework assignments to be discussed in class. Small classes mean everyone gets to have their say, and students learn from debating with one another, as well as from their tutor.

The experience

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!

Typical outings

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Westminster, London

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.

British Museum

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.

Warwick Castle

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.

Tower of London

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.


It’s action stations as you step aboard world-famous warships, including Nelson’s HMS Victory, brave the glass floor of the Spinnaker Tower, and explore one of England’s most important naval cities.


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Camille, Denmark

"The staff, who are all current or former students associated with the university, were all amazingly kind and friendly to us, and they seemed to really care about every single one of us, having even memorized our names before we got there, which really helped me, and everyone else, feel very welcome."

Diana, Russia

"Thank you for these unbelievable 4 weeks, thank you for the coolest field trips, thank you for great dinners at amazing restaurants (food is important!), thank you for ice skating in July, wonderful workshops, best tutors and counsellors ever."

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Valentina, Italy

"I attended the English Literature course and have fully adored every single moment. My teacher has been such an inspiration to me, he has helped me expand my horizons and explore complex ideas and feelings through the use of words."

Stay in Cambridge

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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Bethany Tomlin

Beth has been teaching writing for several years alongside being a published author. As well as writing her own books and speaking at literary festivals and high schools, she works in festival production. She’s worked behind the scenes at some of the UK's biggest literary festivals, including Bath Children's Literature Festival and Winchester Writer's Festival. Beth has also been independently researching the link between creative writing and mental wellbeing, working alongside professionals within the field.

Charlie Powell

MSt Medieval Studies, University of Oxford - Charlie's master's degree focused on medieval songs, the relationship between text and music, and folk traditions. His approach to teaching literature and creative writing focus on investigating the place of creative writing as an art form in society and using the history of literature to prompt creative writing practice.

Dr Jane Dowson

PhD University of Leicester - Jane specialises in twentieth-century literature, contemporary poetry and postcolonial literature. An experienced academic, she's currently Honorary Reader in Twentieth Century Literature at De Montfort University. Jane continues to teach and mentor alongside her research, having previously held the roles of Head of Department, Admissions Tutor, co-ordinator for International students and more.

Dr Michael Molan

DPhil English Literature, University of Oxford - Michael has taught English literature from the early modern to the contemporary at the University of Oxford and the University of East Anglia. His main research interests include the history and legacy of modernism, the study of literary influence, and the correspondence networks of twentieth-century writers. Michael's doctoral research concerned the influence of the seventeenth-century poet John Milton on twentieth-century writers, and he is currently turning this dissertation into a book. He is also in the early stages of a project about the representation of the Ottoman Empire in modernist writing.

Dates & Prices

25 Jun - 8 Jul 2023

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2 Jul - 15 Jul 2023

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9 Jul - 22 Jul 2023

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16 Jul - 29 Jul 2023

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23 Jul - 5 Aug 2023

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30 Jul - 12 Aug 2023

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