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#Oxford #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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Learning

Outline

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

You’ll have time to explore Oxford for yourself, as well as forging new friendships for the future, and there’s an action-packed programme of social activities, field trips and excursions to help bring your learning to life. We might even head to London for the day.

You’re not a tourist, so we won’t treat you like one. Instead, we’ll help you uncover genuine local treasures and show you what life here is really like, from the inside.

Typical outings

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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.

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.

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.

Bath

Explore the cobbled streets and Georgian architecture of this historic English city. And discover the secrets of the literary world of Jane Austen, the Roman Baths, and its lively shops and cafés.

Blenheim Palace

Uncover the amazing history of the palace where Winston Churchill was born. And explore incredible state rooms, the tricky garden maze, the butterfly house, the beautiful grounds, and much more.

Ashmolean Museum

This world-famous museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Oxford University unveils a world of incredible historical artefacts, Egyptian mummies, Picasso, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and much more.

Oxford

Let us show you around our home town. We’ll visit lots of fascinating museums, take a punt down the river, explore Oxford Castle, and uncover all the best bits of this classic English city.

Portsmouth

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.

Bristol

Explore Brunel's amazing engineering feat, the SS Great Britain, get hands-on with science at We The Curious, marvel at the Planetarium, and uncover the secrets of one of the UK’s coolest cities.

Reviews

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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."

Riya, Singapore

"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."

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 Oxford

Where it all began. Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and it’s also where Oxford Summer Courses was born. Known as the city of dreaming spires, Oxford has educated and inspired world-changing thinkers through the ages. And its renowned tutorial teaching keeps the university among the global elite. But it’s so much more than books. This is a lively, cosmopolitan and open-minded place. There’s room for everyone, with something new (or very old) to discover at every turn.

All of the accommodation in Oxford is based within Oxford University college grounds, and the beautiful buildings that date back in some cases to the 13th century, present a real sense of the traditional university. Although the bedrooms have been appropriately modernised, they remain in-keeping with the college surroundings with lots of character and charm. Accommodating full-time students during term time, the rooms are practical and usually have some desk space for quiet study time. Each corridor houses a pastoral member of staff, who oversees students throughout the night. We are able to offer twin or single bedrooms with either shared or private bathroom facilities.

You will get the chance to eat at a range of Oxford's best restaurants and cafes during the week, and each Friday evening you will experience an Oxford University formal hall. As an Oxford Summer Courses student, you will get to attend two formal halls per course, where you can expect an excellent dining experience and an electric atmosphere, as students and staff celebrate the achievements of the week together. Usually followed by a traditional party and graduation ceremony it really is an experience of a lifetime, so don’t forget your cameras for this one!

Tutors

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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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£5895

2 Jul - 15 Jul 2023

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£5895

9 Jul - 22 Jul 2023

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£5895

16 Jul - 29 Jul 2023

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£5895

23 Jul - 5 Aug 2023

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£5895

30 Jul - 12 Aug 2023

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£5895

6 Aug - 19 Aug 2023

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£5895

13 Aug - 26 Aug 2023

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£5895

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