Oxford Writing Summer School

Take your writing to the next level. Join our Writing Summer School on the Oxford University campus, or online, to sharpen your writing skills and develop the confidence and knowledge to put you ahead of the curve – in your university application and beyond.

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Get excited about writing

There are few more inspiring places than Oxford to grow your skills as a writer. Follow in the footsteps of world-renowned Oxford authors such as Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman on our Oxford writing summer programmes.

Learn from world-class writing tutors

Surrounded by the dreaming spires of Oxford University, you’ll spend your time with us learning all about the ins and outs of different genres of writing, alongside other ambitious students from all over the world.

Be inspired

From the fundamentals of storytelling to the techniques needed to construct a realistic fictional world, our writing summer school will introduce you to the skills you need to be a successful writer. You’ll also meet a real-life writer so you can ask all your questions about what it’s really like making a living from writing, and you’ll discover the many career paths you could take as a professional writer.

Get the Oxford experience

By the end of your course, you’ll have a much clearer idea of whether a writing-related subject is the right direction for you – and you’ll achieve all of this while enjoying everything that the magical city of Oxford has to offer.

Browse our Oxford Summer Writing Courses

Our summer writing courses are two weeks long and are held on the world famous Oxford University campus. Whether you’ve studied aspects of the subject before, or are totally new to it, our Writing Summer School offers a perfect course to suit your needs.

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In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Creative Writing

Where better than Oxford to hone your skills in creative writing? Get inspired by the city that was home to Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and Philip Pullman. In this course, you’ll explore different genres and plot-types, learn about the importance of dialogue, and practise different techniques to hone your skills and ensure writing becomes a part of your daily routine.

Browse our Online Writing Courses

Drawing on the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s years of experience of running world-class summer schools, our online writing courses combine Oxford’s spirit of excellence with the very best in future-focused learning.

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Live Online | 15-18 Year Olds

Creative Writing

Do you enjoy reading, writing and using language to express yourself? This course will show you how to write for different audiences and in a variety of genres while analysing works that have stood the test of time. You’ll also learn how to create engaging content for online platforms and develop your own unique voice.

On this course, you’ll:

  • Learn about different genres and styles of writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and online content creation
  • Dive into your favourite texts to find out what it is that makes them so compelling
  • Practise building fictional worlds, characters and dialogues
  • Develop your own personal writing projects, with feedback from your tutor and peers

Students from up to 85 different nationalities chose to experience our writing courses last year:

9 out of 10 said our writing summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

9 out of 10 said that our high school summer writing courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

94% of students said they had a greater certainty over their future academic and career choices

Why choose one of our Oxford Writing summer school programmes?

The Best Courses

We’ve designed our high school summer writing courses to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – regardless of your existing subject knowledge.

The Best People

Your writing course will be taught by tutors that are current or former students and faculty of world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Your Future Success

Our writing summer school is designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future personally, academically and professionally.

Get the Oxford Experience

You’ll be taught writing on the prestigious Oxford University campus, where many world-famous figures in the field began their own career journeys.

Testimonials

Student testimonials

This summer school has truly been a valuable and memorable experience for me. Not only did I broaden my knowledge on Technology but I’ve also developed my self-management and communication.

Radhiyya

Discover Technology Academy, 2019
Student testimonials

My two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were two of the best weeks of my life. It was an amazing experience and I made some great friends that I know I will stay in touch with for a very long time.

Abdul Rahman

Experience Medicine Academy, 2019
Student testimonials

My son, Alexander, truly enjoyed his experience. He was academically and intellectually challenged while also making friends from around the world. We highly recommend this summer program.

Richard

Parent, Oxford Scholastica Academy
Student testimonials

Those two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were a really wonderful experience. I got the chance to explore what Law is really all about through this programme. Classes were very interesting and I loved how the tutor made the classes very interactive!

Ravi

Experience Law Academy, 2017
Student testimonials

The Law course was challenging but extremely rewarding, as it assured me that it was the path I wanted to choose at university. The Oxford Scholastica community also leaves you with an excellent support network even after the summer school. Overall, the summer school was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Lina

Experience Law Academy, 2019
Student testimonials

I absolutely loved my Oxford Scholastica experience! I definitely recommend it to anyone who either knows what they’re doing and want better preparation, or even students who have no idea who they want to be when they grow up! I was both at some point and Oxford Scholastica filled that gap for me. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!

Salma

Online Law course, 2021
Student testimonials

I attended the Oxford Scholastica Academy in 2018. And I can genuinely say it was the best summer of my life. Not only were we exposed to different subjects and courses but also so many different cultures and people. I hope I can go back!

Prutha

Discover Business Academy, 2018
Student testimonials

Two of my children have now attended this course. It gave them the confidence to surge ahead in life with a purpose and confidence that is so essential. One of the best decisions I made for my children and their futures is to have sent them to the Oxford Scholastica Academy. 

Mubasher

Parent, Oxford Scholastica Academy
Student testimonials

The friendships I made will last me a lifetime. Oxford Scholastica taught me many life lessons that I will keep with me until I die. 

Douw

Experience Business & Enterprise Academy, 2017
Student testimonials

I’ve never done anything like this; Oxford Scholastica has exceeded my expectations and I am glad to have made valuable memories with it, which I will cherish forever!

Mariam

Experience Business & Enterprise Academy, 2018
Student testimonials

Oxford Scholastica has had a profound impact on my skills as a debater and student and is an experience I’d recommend to anyone looking for an educational, engaging summer adventure.

Sophie

Experience Debate & Public Speaking Academy, 2018
Student testimonials

For the second year in a row my daughter had an unforgettable summer break in the magical setting of Oxford! A fascinating course with an untold amount of fun things to do. Oxford Scholastica has undoubtedly been one of the best experiences my daughter has ever had.

Maria

Parent, Oxford Scholastica Academy, 2020

What You’ll Get From Our Writing Courses

Study writing with us and you’ll leave feeling inspired and ready to take the next step in your journey as a writer. During your time in Oxford, we will:

  • Tell you the secrets of creative writing for different genres, such as plot and character development, and the importance of dialogue
  • Introduce you to a taster of university life, with top quality teaching from our expert staff
  • Introduce you to a real-life writer, who’ll answer your questions on what it’s really like to earn a living from writing
  • Give you the chance to begin forming your own professional network and join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni
  • Give you all the insights you need for your stage of education on our fully accredited writing course
  • Helping you to decide on the best university course for you, and equipping you with excellent subject knowledge and experiences which will be invaluable for university applications
  • Give you practical challenges to exercise your new skills, such as creating and editing a magazine or dreaming up a new book series
  • Experience Oxford life, and walk in the footsteps of famous writers including J. R. R. Tolkien and Oscar Wilde
  • Enable you, once you’ve completed your writing course, to graduate in a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

Get an Authentic University Experience

We believe that learning should be interactive and fun, and this belief fuels our approach to teaching. As a student on one of our courses you’ll:
Oxford-style teaching

You’ll learn in small, dynamic classes just as you would at Oxford or Cambridge University. You’ll be taught by our first-class teaching faculty thereby ensuring you have the very best writing summer school experience.

University-style independence

You’ll have the opportunity to study and socialise on the Oxford University campus, and take part in legendary activities such as punting. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and make friends with ambitious students like you from all over the world.

Real-world skills

You’ll leave equipped with key skills for the future – like public speaking, how to prepare for your future career and how to bounce back from failure – thanks to our Masterclass programme.

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