Writing Summer School
Take your writing skills to the next level this summer. Join our Writing Summer School held on the Oxford University campus and experience writing in the most famous literary city in the world.
Oxford Writing Summer School
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 writing summer school. 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.
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.
You’ll leave Oxford armed with lots of new creative skills, as well as a group of like-minded new friends from around the world.
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Start developing your writing skills by joining us for our Discover Writing Academy. We’ll show you how to harness your creativity and start working enhancing your writing abilities. You’ll discover some of the secrets of creative writing, from writing realistic characters to building fictional worlds, as well as finding out about some of the other writing career options open to you, such as screenwriting and journalism. You’ll get to put your skills into practice by creating and editing a magazine.
On our Experience Creative Writing Academy, our summer writing programme for high school students, you’ll discover the secrets of creative writing in the city that gave rise to authors such as Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien. You’ll explore different genres of writing and learn techniques to help you build realistic characters, plots and dialogue. You’ll also experience the challenge of coming up with your own new concept for a book series. Could you be the future author of the next big fantasy trilogy?
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Writing Summer School Testimonials
I have taught with Oxford Scholastica for a number of years and am consistently impressed by the excellent experience students are offered. As both a former teacher and university admissions advisor at a leading UK school, I can say with confidence that OSA students are offered an invaluable opportunity to explore what really interests them, and prepare for their path to university. It really does give students an advantage.
Why choose our Oxford Writing Summer School?
Whatever you want from your writing – whether it’s a hobby or you see yourself as a future author – our creative writing summer courses will help you achieve your writing goals. With our creative writing summer school, you can expect:
- Expert teaching from our team of predominantly Oxbridge-educated tutors
- Programmes of learning that combine classroom-based studies with practical challenges to develop your writing skills; you’ll also meet a real writer
- All the information you need on the different career options available to you as a writer, as well as the possibilities for studying English or creative writing at university. We have a proven track record of preparing thousands of middle school students and high school students for future success
- To build on your transferable skills, such as communication skills and teamwork, which are sought after by universities and employers.
What can you expect from our Writing Summer School?
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
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
How does our Writing Summer School programme offer you an authentic university experience?
- You’ll receive top quality teaching from expert tutors, learning in small classes inspired by the Oxford style of learning
- You’ll experience life as a student, studying and socialising on the prestigious Oxford University campus and enjoying traditional Oxford activities in your free time, such as punting
- You’ll think in depth about different genres of writing and how authors create them, putting your new knowledge to the test with practical creative challenges
- You’ll meet like-minded fellow students from around the world, forming the start of your very own network of professional contacts as well as friends
Why study writing?
Graduates of our writing summer school often go on to develop their literary talents after they’ve left Oxford, but what are the benefits of studying to become a writer?
There are lots of career paths as a writer
Writing well is a useful skill that opens up many doors. From journalism to screenwriting, copywriting to penning the news, there are so many career options if you want to become a professional writer – not to mention that you could be the author of the next Harry Potter or Game of Thrones.
Writing is a hugely flexible way to earn a living
As a writer, all you need is a laptop and you can work from anywhere, choosing your own hours.
Your words could change lives
Whether it’s an impactful piece of journalism or telling a powerful story in a hard-hitting novel, as a writer you have the potential to change the lives of the people who read your work.
You’ll improve other skills
As well as the actual process of putting pen to paper, writing hones other useful skills, such as critical thinking, observation and attention to detail.
The only limit is your imagination
As an author of fiction, you can let your imagination run wild and create worlds entirely from scratch – a fascinating intellectual exercise that will continually challenge you throughout your career.
Meet Writing Students from Around the World
This past summer, students from 85 different nationalities chose to experience our writing summer school:
out of 10 students said our writing summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life
out of 10 students said that our high school summer writing courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction
out of 10 parents said they would recommend our writing summer courses to other parents
Inspected and Accredited
Our writing summer courses have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.
Latest Writing Blog Articles
We’re passionate about helping our students and alumni to discover, experience and prepare for their futures. You can find some of our latest articles below:
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