CREATIVE WRITING

Creative Writing Summer School in Cambridge

CREATIVE

WRITING

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Creative Writing
  • Price: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge, UK
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Summary

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Hone your talent as a young writer, by spending two weeks in the heart of Cambridge city, developing your craft on the Immerse Creative Writing programme. This two-week programme, designed for talented 16–18 year old writers, offers an inspiring opportunity for students to push the limits of their current writing abilities, work with expert tutors, and learn to improve their own work by critically analysing great literature.

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Supported by their tutors, students in this programme will explore a wide range of creative writing techniques, get constructive feedback from their peers, and even complete their own novella by the end of the course. Throughout their stay, students will learn what makes great writing, following a dynamic curriculum built to help them identify their unique strengths and weaknesses. Students will also be introduced to the concept of the “writing workshop”, a popular way for professional writers to improve their own work.

Students will conclude the programme having gained more creative independence and confidence in their own writing, as well as a deep appreciation for the skills required to begin writing compelling articles, novels, and creative academic prose.

Summary

Hone your talent as a young writer, by spending two weeks in the heart of Cambridge city, developing your craft on the Immerse Creative Writing programme. This two-week programme, designed for talented 16–18 year old writers, offers an inspiring opportunity for students to push the limits of their current writing abilities, work with expert tutors, and learn to improve their own work by critically analysing great literature.

Supported by their tutors, students in this programme will explore a wide range of creative writing techniques, get constructive feedback from their peers, and even complete their own novella by the end of the course. Throughout their stay, students will learn what makes great writing, following a dynamic curriculum built to help them identify their unique strengths and weaknesses. Students will also be introduced to the concept of the “writing workshop”, a popular way for professional writers to improve their own work.

Students will conclude the programme having gained more creative independence and confidence in their own writing, as well as a deep appreciation for the skills required to begin writing compelling articles, novels, and creative academic prose.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Key Facts

Receive constructive criticism from expert tutors and creative writing peers.

Create rich narratives, believable characters, and thrilling plot lines

Get a solid foundation of essential creative writing skills.

Develop yourself, analyse your own writing, and look for unique personal strengths

Learn to improve your self-editing techniques and create more compelling prose.

Employ new techniques you’ve learned to complete a full-length novella.

Topics Covered

You’ll start by reviewing the fundamentals of creative writing (showing instead of telling, avoiding cliché, effective plot, etc.) before moving on to more advanced techniques and concepts. As you go over key concepts, your tutors will work to individualise your instruction, adjusting tutorials based on your ability and interests.

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Class assignments take the form of essays, short stories, and brief writing exercises designed to get you out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself. Everything from the basics of character development to the subtle nuances of plot development will be covered. During your tuition, you’ll learn to make purposeful choices about point of view, dialogue style, and the place/setting in which your stories take place.

Throughout the course, you’ll also read and critically analyse great works of writing by authors like Elizabeth Strout, Mary Gaitskill, Norman Mailer, Benjamin Markovitz, and more. Your tutor will guide you through the readings, pushing you to go beyond your first impressions as you uncover the techniques these masters employ in their work. This is great practice for your first writing workshops, where you’ll critique your peers’ writing and receive important feedback from them in turn.

Topics Covered

You’ll start by reviewing the fundamentals of creative writing (showing instead of telling, avoiding cliché, effective plot, etc.) before moving on to more advanced techniques and concepts. As you go over key concepts, your tutors will work to individualise your instruction, adjusting tutorials based on your ability and interests.

Class assignments take the form of essays, short stories, and brief writing exercises designed to get you out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself. Everything from the basics of character development to the subtle nuances of plot development will be covered. During your tuition, you’ll learn to make purposeful choices about point of view, dialogue style, and the place/setting in which your stories take place.

Throughout the course, you’ll also read and critically analyse great works of writing by authors like Elizabeth Strout, Mary Gaitskill, Norman Mailer, Benjamin Markovitz, and more. Your tutor will guide you through the readings, pushing you to go beyond your first impressions as you uncover the techniques these masters employ in their work. This is great practice for your first writing workshops, where you’ll critique your peers’ writing and receive important feedback from them in turn.

The Immerse programme covers a unique mix of important
theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
course by requesting a free course syllabus

Course Outcomes

In just two weeks, the Immerse Creative Writing programme will equip eager writers with the tools they need to begin bringing their ideas to life. Tutors customise content each year in order to match each students’ unique interests and writing ability. This helps to ensure that each participant will be challenged to push themselves, helping them overcome their own creative roadblocks.

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This focus on pushing students just outside their comfort zone is a key piece of the Creative Writing programme. Through constructive criticism, expert guidance, and critical analysis of great prose, students will learn to turn their passion for writing into carefully-constructed works of art. As such, class assignments are all geared towards reinforcing material taught in class, building connections between previous lessons, and channeling each students’ unique personality into their work.

Throughout this programme students will:

  • Use specific techniques to express their own, distinct voice through their writing.
  • Effectively critique their own writing, both independently and as part of a workshop.
  • Make purposeful, reasoned choices about narrative point of view.
  • Keep readers engaged by making careful decisions about plot, character, and setting.
  • Create complete characters with believable backstories, world-views, and prejudices.
  • Analyse the techniques employed by other authors and adapt these to their own writing
  • Present a developed portfolio of their own writing to the class and receive valuable feedback
  • Craft compelling narratives, essays, articles, and complete a full-length novella

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Course Outcomes

In just two weeks, the Immerse Creative Writing programme will equip eager writers with the tools they need to begin bringing their ideas to life. Tutors customise content each year in order to match each students’ unique interests and writing ability. This helps to ensure that each participant will be challenged to push themselves, helping them overcome their own creative roadblocks.

This focus on pushing students just outside their comfort zone is a key piece of the Creative Writing programme. Through constructive criticism, expert guidance, and critical analysis of great prose, students will learn to turn their passion for writing into carefully-constructed works of art. As such, class assignments are all geared towards reinforcing material taught in class, building connections between previous lessons, and channeling each students’ unique personality into their work.

creative writing summer school cambridge

Throughout this programme students will:

  • Use specific techniques to express their own, distinct voice through their writing.
  • Effectively critique their own writing, both independently and as part of a workshop.
  • Make purposeful, reasoned choices about narrative point of view.
  • Keep readers engaged by making careful decisions about plot, character, and setting.
  • Create complete characters with believable backstories, worldviews, and prejudices.
  • Analyse the techniques employed by other authors and adapt these to their own writing
  • Present a developed portfolio of their own writing to the class and receive valuable feedback
  • Craft compelling narratives, essays, articles, and complete a full-length novella

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day

 
 
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

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Ready to enrol?

The Creative Writing Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

The Creative Writing Programme takes place in the following locations

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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