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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Do you have a draft of a novel (or most of one) that you're struggling to revise? Have you written short stories that you'd like to improve? This course will offer inspiring ways to kickstart the redrafting of such projects. We'll address key aspects of fiction writing - crafting convincing dialogue, writing scenes, conveying tone - and grapple with the way that larger factors, like plot and theme, can be adjusted and refined. Our intention is to reframe editing as a creative, exciting endeavour and to leave you with new ideas and new enthusiasm for the next draft of your project. 



Who can book? 

Our weekend courses are open to participants over the age of 18 and courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level. No academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject. Please ensure that you complete any required reading listed in your course materials before the course starts to enable you to fully participate and get the maximum enjoyment out of your course. 

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have the required near-native command of the language to get the maximum benefit from studying with us. 

Accessibility for students with support requirements 

We make every effort both to anticipate and to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of students with support requirements including those with unseen disabilities, including mental health conditions, and specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. 

Please ensure you let us know about any support requirements when booking so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before your course starts, enabling a smooth transition to your studies. 

If when booking you indicate that you require additional support, you will be sent a Student Additional Requirements Form (SARF) to complete. The form asks for further details about your requirements and support needs, and requests that you submit supporting evidence. 

If you have any particular requirements or queries please contact the Disability Liaison team at 


Course dates

12 Jul 2024 to 14 Jul 2024

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

01 Jul 2024

Course fee


Accommodation fees

Single room: £75 per night

Double/Twin room £65 per person, per night (2 people sharing)

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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