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Oxford Creative Writing Summer School

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Experience Oxford University Life

Immerse yourself in the vibrant academic atmosphere of Oxford, one of the world's most prestigious university cities.

Meet Oxbridge Tutors

Our faculty members are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional educational experience that combines theoretical knowledge with practical insights.

Study Academic Oxford Tutorials

Learn the art of crafting engaging narratives that captivate readers. Understand the importance of plot structure, pacing, and tension, and explore techniques to create memorable and impactful stories.

Gain Practical Creative Writing Skills

Engage in interactive workshops where you can share your work with fellow writers and receive constructive feedback from both peers and experienced instructors. This collaborative environment will help you refine your writing and gain valuable insights.

Course Programme

Creative Writing Summer School Oxford

Introduction to Creative Writing
Begin your journey by delving into the fundamentals of creative writing. Explore the different forms of writing, understand the elements of storytelling, and learn how to develop compelling characters and settings.
Exploring Different Genres
Immerse yourself in a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and screenwriting. Discover the unique characteristics and techniques associated with each genre, and experiment with different writing styles.
Developing Characters
Dive deep into the process of character development. Learn how to create well-rounded and relatable characters, explore their motivations and conflicts, and master the art of writing authentic dialogue.
Exploring Poetry
Discover the beauty and power of poetry. Explore various poetic forms, experiment with different poetic devices, and learn how to convey emotions and imagery through the written word.
Non-Fiction Writing
Develop your skills in non-fiction writing, including personal essays, memoirs, and journalistic pieces. Learn how to craft compelling narratives based on real-life experiences and research.
Explore the art of screenwriting and learn how to write scripts for film and television. Understand the unique structure and formatting requirements of screenplays, and develop the skills to create captivating visual storytelling.
Literary Analysis
Deepen your understanding of literature through the analysis of renowned works. Explore different literary techniques, themes, and styles, and learn how to critically evaluate and appreciate literature.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the program, receive a certificate that recognizes your dedication and achievement. This valuable addition to your resume will set you apart in your future academic and professional endeavors.

Our students love our Oxford Creative Writing Summer School

Our students love our Oxford Creative Writing Summer School

On average, 98% of our Creative Writing Summer School students would recommend our course to their friend - This is well above the industry average

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Live like an Oxford Student on the Oxford Summer School

Work like an Oxford Student Immerse yourself in the literary heritage of Oxford, a city that has fostered the creativity of countless renowned authors. From the stunning architecture of the University of Oxford to the tranquil meadows and idyllic riverside walks, Oxford is the perfect backdrop for your creative journey.
Reside like an Oxford StudentAll students will be allocated a college based on their date and subject. You can stay with a friend/sibling if you let us know in advance. All accommodation is single sex and wi-fi is available in all rooms.
Dine like an Oxford StudentYou will have a traditional meal known as Formal Hall - You can dress up, dine by candlelight in the wonderful surroundings of Oxford's dining hall.
Literary ExcursionsImmerse yourself in the rich literary history of Oxford with excursions to iconic locations such as the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, and the magical landscapes of the Cotswolds. These experiences will further deepen your understanding of literature and provide endless inspiration for your writing.

Experience Life on Campus

Oxford University boasts a stunning campus with beautiful architecture and rich history. During your time at the summer school, you will have the opportunity to explore the various colleges, libraries, and gardens that make up the university. Take a stroll through the Radcliffe Camera, visit the Bodleian Library, or relax in the picturesque college courtyards – immersing yourself in the atmosphere of one of the world's oldest and most prestigious institutions.

Collaborative Environment

Connect with like-minded individuals from around the world who share your passion for writing. Exchange ideas, gain valuable insights, and form lasting friendships with fellow writers who will continue to inspire and support you long after the summer school ends.

What our programme includes

What you can expect from your Oxford Creative Writing Summer School programme:
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Certificates Provided
Designed by Oxford academics
Open to ages 13-15, 16-17, 18-24
International and UK students
One-to-one personalised tutoring.


13 nights accommodation
Single-sex rooms
Breakfast & dinner provided
Individual bedrooms
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40+ hours of academic teaching
Access to support materials post-course
Post-course evaluation from tutors
Designed on Oxford syllabus
One-to-one personalised tutoring.


Trip to London
Activities e.g. Punting, Croquet
Formal Dinners
Explore Oxford

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    Anonymous reviewer.
    Dylan Offers from Oxford

    Why do you want to study Creative Writing at Oxford?

    Studying creative writing at Oxford has been a lifelong dream of mine. The prestigious university is renowned for its rich literary heritage and has produced some of the most celebrated writers in history. I believe that immersing myself in such an intellectually stimulating and creative environment will provide the perfect setting for me to grow as a writer.

    What was your favourite part about the creative writing summer school?

    One of the highlights was the opportunity to visit various iconic literary locations around Oxford. Exploring the hallowed halls of the Bodleian Library, walking in the footsteps of literary legends, and finding inspiration in the city’s picturesque streets and gardens was a dream come true.

    How did it help with your Oxbridge Creative Writing application?

    Attending the creative writing summer school at Oxford provided me with a unique advantage when it came to my Oxbridge Creative Writing application. The program not only enhanced my writing skills but also exposed me to the rigorous academic environment and high standards that are expected at prestigious universities like Oxford and Cambridge.

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    Alex offers from Oxford

    Why do you want to study Creative Writing at Oxford?

    studying creative writing at Oxford would provide me with the perfect platform to refine my craft, expand my literary horizons, and connect with a global community of writers. It is an opportunity to immerse myself in a world-class literary environment and develop the skills and confidence necessary to pursue a successful writing career.

    What was your favourite part about the Creative Writing summer school?

    The workshops and discussions were filled with vibrant energy and a wealth of creative ideas. It was truly amazing to witness the diverse perspectives and writing styles of fellow participants, and the feedback and constructive criticism we received from both instructors and peers helped us grow as writers.

    How did it help with your Oxbridge Creative Writing application?

    The creative writing summer school at Oxford not only bolstered my writing skills but also provided me with a strong foundation and unique experiences that set me apart in my Oxbridge Creative Writing application. It demonstrated my commitment to the craft, my ability to thrive in an academically rigorous environment, and my passion for exploring and pushing the boundaries of creative expression.

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    2024 Summer School

    • 2 Week Creative Writing Summer School
    • 13 Nights Accommodation
    • Certificates Provided
    • 1-1 Tutorials
    • Academic Workshops

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You might have some questions before booking your first lesson. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for in the FAQs, feel free to contact us!

    → What are the dates for the Creative Writing Summer School in Oxford?
    We have various available dates through the summer holidays and are taking bookings for 2024 now. The Oxford Creative Writing Summer School will commence on Monday and finish on Friday, with students being able to take advantage of 6 nights of accommodation nearby from the Sunday evening. Contact us to find out more!
    → Who is eligible to enrol in the summer school Creative Writing programme?
    We offer a summer school for different age ranges. Want a year 12 Creative Writing summer school? Check out our 16-18 Oxford Summer School, tailored for students who are about to apply in the current year or will be applying the year after. If you are looking for a summer school for 14-16 year olds, please contact our advisors and we'll be happy to help.
    → How do I apply for the Creative Writing Summer School?
    You can book directly through our website and pay online. Alternatively, you can speak directly to one of our advisors who will give you more information and you can book with them to secure your place!
    → Will I receive a certificate or academic credit upon completion of the programme?
    Upon completion of the Creative Writing summer school, all students will receive a certificate of attendance that they can use as part of their school application.
    → How does the Creative Writing Summer School in Oxford differ from other summer programmes?
    We don't like to compare ourselves to other companies. However, we believe that our Creative Writing summer school offers excellent value for money and a well-rounded mix of hands-on practical experiences, opportunities for networking with professionals and International Relations students, as well as visiting Oxford University and its surroundings.
    → Is there an opportunity to interact with current Creative Writing students or professionals during the programme?
    Absolutely! We've planned the summer programme in Creative Writing to provide you the chance to speak with a variety of experts and ask them whatever questions you like! Additionally, you will spend some time at Oxford University with current Creative Writing students to get a feel for what it's like to attend Oxford.
    How will this programme benefit my future Creative Writing studies or career?
    Every phase of your application process will benefit from our Oxford summer school for Creative Writing, you'll discover. Your personal statement should express how your experiences have strengthened your desire to study Creative Writing. During your interview, you will think back on your experience, and you'll put the information you learn to use as soon as you start studying Creative Writing!
    → Are international students eligible to apply? If so, are there any additional requirements?
    Absolutely! We can arrange airport transfers and accommodation if you are joining us from abroad. You will need to double-check with your government body as to whether you will require a visa to travel. If you are unsure or would like support in organising this, please contact our advisors and we would be happy to help!
    → What is the policy for refunds or cancellations if I can't attend after registering?
    When you register for our Creative Writing summer school, you will be asked to pay a £500 non-refundable deposit to secure your place. We do understand that circumstances may arise which could mean you are unable to attend your chosen date. If this is the case, please contact our advisors who will be able to advise you as to whether you are able to amend your date. Please note however, due to the high demand in places, this may not be possible.

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