Immerse yourself in the art of crafting compelling stories with an emphasis on novels, speculative fiction, drama and poetry. More than a mechanics course, “Creative Writing” will expand your creativity and confidence through exposure to the genres of modern dystopian novels, science-fiction, Shakespearian drama, and Romantic poets like Keats, Coleridge, and Shelley.
Engage with leading faculty and professional writers as you explore how to apply your passion for storytelling to create characters and narrative for diverse media formats. Build transferable writing skills that can prepare you for success in careers like multi-channel marketing, film and animation, and scriptwriting and the entertainment industry.
Enhance important professional skills like research, copy editing and proofreading while also strengthening mechanics like character development, plot design, narrative, and imagination. Seek inspiration from your stunning surroundings on the campus at UC Berkeley, a university that has produced some of America’s most popular authors including Jack London and Mona Simpson.
University of California, Berkeley
|For Ages||16-18 years|
|Start Dates||2 Jul, 16 Jul|
Improving your overall writing skills to succeed in academia or in a career
Becoming a playwright, travel blogger, best-selling author, or journalist
Identify and apply a wide range of creative writing genres and styles
Apply literary devices like character development, meaningful dialogue, and extended metaphors
Gain exposure to some of the finest examples of creative writing in literature
Residential on the prestigious campus of UC Berkeley
Inspiring courses taught by experts
International student community with over 170 nationalities represented since 2004
Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included
Graduation, report cards and certificate
Maximum 15 students per class
17.5 hours of tuition per week
Inspirational cultural programmes
Start something truly amazing at our Berkeley Summer School, on campus at UC Berkeley.
Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.
Hands-on classes designed to help students learn through practical application.
An interactive forum with an expert in the field, giving students valuable insights into related and new topics.
Successful and famous guest speakers offer students the chance to pose their most important questions.
Essential for honing students' reasoning abilities and public speaking skills.
Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.
Dynamic lectures given by passionate teachers packed with facts and viewpoints to engage the audience.
An opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, different perspectives.
Working in pairs and small groups, students have plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.
Our trips provide real examples of the course subject in action, and bring students' learning to life for them.
Book a call with one of our advisors. We will call you at the time requested to answer any questions you have and to help you through the booking process.
What is life like at one of the most celebrated US universities? Oxford Royale students will have a fully immersive experience on campus at one of UC Berkeley’s fourteen spectacular colleges. Live, study and dine with Oxford Royale for a truly authentic taste of undergraduate life at a top university, all while exploring the vibrant location. Learn on campus with Oxford Royale, with expert tutors to nurture your passions and broaden your horizons.
Summer should be fun, right?! Don’t worry – we never forget that you’re on holiday! Your UC Berkeley summer session will provide unmissable excursions in this quirky city. Discover San Francisco with Oxford Royale, from the mysterious history of Alcatraz Island, to exploring the natural scenery of the city’s many stunning parks, seeing the ‘Crookedest Street in the World’ to riding in cable cars.
Make unforgettable memories in one of the USA’s most exciting cities with Oxford Royale.
It truly is an amazing experience, and for anyone hesitating to try the course- go for it! I myself am an introvert and was anxious to not make friends or fit in. I was wrong. Everyone was so kind and inclusive. It truly was one of the greatest experiences of my life. 10/10 recommend.
My experience at Oxford Royale Academy has been great in many ways. I really appreciated the classes, teachers and, especially, the opportunity to enjoy an international environment: nice people from all around the world.
I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to come back next year.
I’ve been in Oxford st.Catharine collage for 2 weeks engineering introducing course with Oxford Royal Academy. The course and organization was great and whole process of 2 weeks was smooth and perfect. But i believe courses and organizations are irrelevant, i believe the main purpose in such a program like this one is meeting people all around the world and making network on the way. Im happy that ORA has delivered that perfectly, it’s probably one of my most productive and self-improving 2 weeks of my life. Thanks for every person who make this happen.
It was definitely one of the best summers of my life and i enjoyed every single day of it. i got to make countless new friends from all around the world. i’ve experienced so many new things and i couldn’t be happier that i decided to go to oxford this summer. it was not only the lessons that made me fall in love with the program but also the activities, the staff and my peers. the staff was always there for us and we could entrust them with everything. everything has its ups and downs but i think that we as a course handled our downs together very well and had a lot more ups and awesome experiences together. i would recommend for everyone to go to oxford royale academy at least once in their life and experience the wonders it has to offer.
At my 2 weeks at Balliol College I met friends that I value more than friends I've met for longer periods of time. I learned more about medicine than I did in a full year of Biology at my IBDP school. This truly changed my life and my point of view on bring a Doctor.
Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, and where you would like to study, you can book online using our secure booking system. You will need the details of the student and of the person paying the bill, the name of the course or courses you would like to study, and a credit or debit card to pay the relevant deposit.
We are happy to accept deposit payments via a number of other, non-card payment methods (including domestic and international bank transfer), thanks to our partnership with education payment specialists, Flywire. If you would prefer to pay your deposit payment by bank transfer or another method, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to assist you.
Once your application has been submitted, your deposit payment has been received by us and your booking processed by our system or our team, you will be sent an email confirming your place. You will also receive a login to the Oxford Royale Portal, which you will use to provide us with important additional information about you as your time with us approaches.
A Welcome Pack is available to download from the Oxford Royale Portal.
If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a member of our award-winning Customer Service team, please feel free to contact us.
All enrolments require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2023, deposit payments are structured as follows:
You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date.
The balance clearance is required no later than 90 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 90 days before the start date, the course fees must be covered in full. We appreciate that, with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, people may require additional flexibility to these terms, and we are doing our best to accommodate that – please contact us if you have concerns regarding making the balance payment in line with the 90-day deadline.
Enrolments received via our online application form will require a debit or credit card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer or another method, we are happy to facilitate this. Please contact our Admissions team to arrange this.
Balance payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to the Oxford Royale Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.
All course fees include the following:
If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.
Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:
Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be made on the following terms:
|Period Before Start Date||Total Refunded|
Students attending our USA Summer Schools may be able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme – we can provide individual support on request for those that do need a visa.
Our English language requirements are as follows:
Students who have studied at an English speaking school for two or more years are exempt from English requirements.
All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.
Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.
All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.
Yes, all students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course. In general, the graduation ceremony is for students only, but in certain cases, it might be possible for parents to attend on request. Due to limited seating and viewing facilities in the colleges, it is essential that parents contact the campus office well in advance to ascertain whether space is available.Cancellations made after the commencement date of the course will not receive any refund.
It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. You can simply book onto two different courses.
Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.