Studying literature and creative writing in Oxford will put you among the ranks of some of the most successful writers in the world. Household names like J R Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and C S Lewis are imprinted in the city’s literary history, while poets T S Eliot and Oscar Wilde adorn Oxford’s ever-growing wall of literary fame.
The city itself has given rise to novels as diverse as Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited through to the Inspector Morse series. So, the combination of English literature and creative writing taught on this popular Oxford summer course will most likely lead you to your own inspirations.
As one of the UK’s literary homes, being based in Oxford means we are able to attract some of the best tutors in the field.
You’ll start by exploring and comparing the works of the literary greats, looking at poetry and fictional prose and short stories through to novels. We follow the tutorial system used at the world-renowned Oxford University. This means that the course is very much focused on you and your interests rather than a rigid, pre-set syllabus.
You’ll receive interactive teaching and on-to-one tutor feedback which aims to bring your own creativity to life. You’ll also be able to swap ideas and inspiration with fellow writers from around the world, in the open environment of small and personal seminar-style classes. Critiquing the works of both past masters and fellow students alike will not only give you a better understanding of the subject – it will help you find your own creative writing voice too.
Dr Gareth Dickson is a tutor in Creative Writing at the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and on the Sarah Lawrence Programme at Wadham College, Oxford. He holds a PhD and MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Queensland, Australia, where he has also taught. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies, and has been shortlisted for awards including the White Review Short Story Award and the Australian/Vogel Literary Awards.
Audrey Southgate is a currently a D.Phil. candidate in English at Merton College, Oxford, focusing her academic work on how the Book of Psalms was translated and interpreted in the Middle Ages. She holds a Master’s in Medieval Studies from Oxford, as well as a B.A. in English and French from Hillsdale College in the United States. In addition to pursuing her own studies, she is passionate about teaching. Her experience tutoring individuals in English and French, giving lectures on the humanities for interdisciplinary groups of students visiting Oxford, and mentoring current undergraduates here have only increased her enthusiasm to share the delight and learning to be found in literature.
Madeline Buday graduated summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America with a degree in English Literature. While there, she was actively involved in tutoring both for students at the university and throughout the greater community. Currently, she is in the final year of her MPhil in Modern Theology at Oxford University with a special focus on the intersection of Literature and Theology in the modern world. Most recently she has presented papers at Durham University on C.S. Lewis’s theodicy within his fiction and at Oxford University on hope and despair in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"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. "
"So if you're a parent or kid who's worried about being alone in Oxford. Don't worry and as Ed Sheeran sang, "trust me and give it a chance". Because Oxford summer courses will surely take care of you well and make those few weeks the best moments of your life."
"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."
"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 counsellours ever."
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