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Creative Writing Summer Course in Oxford Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also in London

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme

Study Creative Writing with our Oxford Summer School 2020. This Creative Writing course aims both to inspire students, and to provide students with an overview of techniques and processes available to writers, encouraging them to think beyond their perceived limitations while equipping them to exceed themselves.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Creative Writing course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019

Course Summary

This Creative Writing course in Oxford - part of the Broadening Horizons Programme - will help students improve their creative writing skills through exploring different creative writing techniques, as well as through exposure to some of the finest examples of literature. Students are encouraged to experiment with their own writing, as well as engaging in literary reviews of other people's writing, including famous authors as well as their peers. Based around advice and examples from famous literary figures, students will encounter the obstacles and opportunities that present themselves when writing – including learning ways to overcome the dreaded writer’s block.

What will you get out of the Creative Writing Summer Course?

In addition to expanding their knowledge of creative writing, students will explore texts that use interesting and unusual styles of narration, and consider which styles might be best for their own narrative purpose. They engage extensively with literature from a wide range of genres and styles in order to explore the different ways that writers overcome common problems and identify what they themselves can learn from the techniques they choose. The techniques discussed will range from the pre-Victorian era right up to 21st century postmodern and mixed-medium writing; students will learn from long-standing traditions and from brand-new ideas.

The course is necessarily interactive: students share their writing with the group and giving constructive feedback on the work of others. Students will thereby learn about how to edit their work and respond well to criticism, while also learning how to assess and comment on the work of others in a polite and helpful way. The giving and receiving of constructive criticism is a crucial part of this course, as is the case in most degree-level creative writing courses.

The teaching of this course will include lectures, multi-media clips, workshops and reviewing literary texts, but at its heart will be individual writing and class discussions. ‘Quickwrites’ – short unedited pieces of writing – will be produced every day to stimulate creativity and form a basis for discussion, as well as helping students conquer the fear of a blank page. While the course will focus primarily on prose, students will get the chance to experiment with other forms, notably poetry.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.

The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

The only prerequisites for this course are creativity, enthusiasm, and imagination. Students should expect to read and write a lot, both in and outside the classroom, and to take part in critical and analytical debate about their own writing and that of others.

Suggested Reading

Students interested in this class may wish to read the following texts before arrival, though it is by no means essential:

  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons

The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page

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