The academic programme
- One course per week (course workshops take place twice a day)
- Plenary lectures
- Evening talks
- Contact hours: up to 49 hours
Courses will focus on the writing of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, in a range of genres and styles. Course Directors – all established writers – will set practical writing tasks and guide students in critical reflection on their own work and that of their fellow students, as well as on the work of published writers. Students will be expected to put in a minimum of two hours of writing per weekday as private study. You may elect to use free time at weekends for a sustained period of writing. The programme is intentionally rigorous, and all applicants must demonstrate a high level of fluency in English in their application by providing a 300-400 word piece explaining their reasons for applying. The typical week tab gives more information about the daily schedule.
"The ideal programme for those seeking to develop their writing skills through practical work and informed discussion
in a supportive academic context." Professor Jem Poster, Programme Director, Creative Writing Summer Programme
You choose one course per week from four practice-based courses. You are required to write 350-500 words four days a week for discussion in class the following day. The maximum class size is 15 participants.
Week 1 (6 – 12 August)
Group Wa: 9.15am – 10.45am and 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Wa1 - The art and craft of fiction I. Writing plot. What's the big idea? This course is now full
Wa2 - Adventures in poetry
Wa3 - Writing short stories I. Memory, imagination, research
Wa4 - Writing non-fiction I. Lives - past and present
Week 2 (13 – 19 August)
Group Wb: 9.15am – 10.45am and 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Wb1 - The art and craft of fiction II. Writing character. Who and why?
Wb2 - Adventures in fiction
Wb3 - Writing short stories II. Place, character, voice, action
Wb4 - Writing non-fiction II. People and places
What our students say
"The level of teaching and general student/teacher relationship definitely exceeded expectations." Miki Delaney, UK, Creative Writing Programme 2016
"This was a fantastic course. I really enjoyed every moment. Only having between 2-3 hours to write a piece each day was such a challenge, but it was really effective in growing my skills in writing. I now have more confidence in my abilities to write effectively under a time limit." Erin Burrows, Australia, Creative Writing Programme 2016
Creative Writing Retreat (19 – 25 August)
Our new Creative Writing Retreat, held at the Institute's stunning 16th-century mansion, Madingley Hall, is designed for those who 'just want to write' in supportive and welcoming surroundings. This is the perfect opportunity to finish (or perhaps start) that writing project, a chance to give yourself the time and space to think and write in an environment ideally suited to your creative needs.
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