Polish your prose walking the same cobbled stones as Oscar Wilde and J.R.R Tolkien on our intensive one week English Literature & Creative Writing course. Develop your own style, find your voice and learn how to create impact and intrigue for your readers while finding inspiration in the finest literary city
18-24 year olds
7 days commencing:
Study English Literature & Creative Writing with us and you’ll learn how plots, characters and symbolism connect together to create dramatic impact and emotion. Develop the skills you need to pen an epic novel or create a set of influential poems. You’ll learn from published authors with a real passion for the written word and enjoy the inspiring surroundings of a city steeped in literary history.
Our blended-learning courses combine tutor taught seminars and practical sessions to give you a chance to apply your learning to a real-life situation. These collaborative sessions are taught in conjunction with industry-focused workshops and trips, bringing you closer to leading businesses and innovators. Your teaching could also include professional career development workshops and Q&A sessions with industry professionals. Blending-learning courses culminate in students presenting to peers, staff and external experts. On competition of the course, you’ll receive a certificate and letter of recommendation from your tutor.
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.
"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. "
"The material was fascinating, and the process taught me how to prioritise work; whereas at school I have about two weeks to write each essay, here it’s just two days. "
"Our tutor was very interesting and passionate and the visits were linked to the subject."
"I was a shy person before coming on the courses but asking and answering questions in tutorials has improved my confidence immensely – the tutors were always happy to answer any question, however silly it may have seemed, and the course staff were always so friendly, on hand to answer any questions about the course, or the teaching system in Oxford in general."
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!
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