Creative Writing & English Literature

  • Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
  • Suitable for 13-15 year old students
  • Oxbridge style teaching
  • English Literature & Creative Writing
  • Personal Project and Assessment
  • Certificate of Participation
  • University preparation workshops
  • Inclusive of excursions
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Overview of course

  • 5th August – 18th August 2018
  • Reside in Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
  • Classes designed and taught by University tutors
  • A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
  • Expert insights into Creative Writing skills and English Literature
  • Dedicated university and subject specific advice
  • Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
  • Diverse range of international participants
  • Participant Assessment
  • Certificate of Participation


Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors. Tutorials and seminars are taught by experts in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the programme not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of extracurricular activities.

The Cambridge Immerse Creative Writing & English Literature course for 13-15 year olds is both challenging and engaging, with students learning in small groups to ensure that each student’s needs are addressed. Students are taught university-level topics in a way that is approachable and easy to understand, and the programme aims to improve each student’s creative writing capabilities and knowledge of English Literature.

The Cambridge Immerse Creative Writing & English Literature course is perfect for those with a love for writing and literature. The city of Cambridge has an unrivalled reputation as a literary centre, with a strong tradition of producing some of the world’s finest writers (John Milton, Christopher Marlowe and Oscar Wilde numbering among them). If you are serious about tapping into your creativity and improving your writing style, the Cambridge Immerse writing course is for you. Each step of the course introduces you to sure-fire techniques to modify your style and structure your writing, building skills, inventing narrative, and encouraging avid writers to pick up and refine new ideas in prose and verse.


Academic Content & Learning Objectives

The Cambridge Immerse Creative Writing side of the programme provides avid writers with the skills to turn their ideas in a work of art. This course introduces the key characteristics of creative writing which will benefit you as you build upon the talent you already possess. Tutors will offer constructive criticism and guidance on course assignments to ensure that you reap the rewards of studying on Cambridge Immerse.

By the end of the course, participants will have ben guided through the writing of their own novella – a side project that we believe is critical to creative literary exploration.

The Cambridge Immerse English Literature side of the programme combines practical analysis of language and form with a thorough grounding in the historical and cultural context of a variety of key texts. By introducing students to the significant developments in literary theory tutors will equip them with the tools to provide their own answers to questions that have been posed throughout the history of English. How do we define literature? How important is the canon? And what do we look for when we analyse literary texts?

The course considers these underlying themes alongside a rigorous introduction to the features of literary language. We aim to provide participants with a strong knowledge of the principle trends of writing in English, and develop their receptivity to technique and style, to enable them to approach texts critically. This course will introduce students to key concepts of literary study and scholarship by examining selected texts through the lens of particular critical approaches. The topics covered by this course will provide a solid foundation for future study of literature at university and give students the tools and knowledge to approach challenging texts with confidence.

Students' favourite experiences at Cambridge Summer School!

Exceptional teaching

We offer participants a choice of a range of subjects, from the arts to the sciences. All the subjects taught at Cambridge Immerse are taught by tutors who are current or previous members of Oxford University or Cambridge University, and have tutored undergraduate students. Our rigorous vetting process ensures that all students are taught by tutors who are engaging and supportive – and most of all, enthusiastic to share their expertise.

Our philosophy is that our participants should be challenged with interesting academic concepts; whilst our tutors create a welcoming and supportive environment in which our participants feel comfortable and thrive.

Participant Assessments

Throughout the programme, our tutors monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. After the programme, a Participant Assessment is written by the tutor, evaluating participant progress and also making recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant’s understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

Extracurricular Activities

Cambridge Immerse provides a truly immersive experience of university life. Not only will you discover and further your academic interests, you will also delve into the exciting and often fascinating spectrum of cultural activities available in Cambridge. The opportunity to experience daily organised excursions also allows the chance to socialise with like-minded peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and to quickly familiarise yourself with the city.

Activities organised as part of the programme include:

  • A summer’s afternoon punting down the River Cam, a quintessential Cambridge affair.
  • A day trip to Oxford, the home of Cambridge University’s arch ‘rival’.
  • Formal dining in Cambridge’s famous medieval banquet halls.

Visit our activities page to view the full range of subjects that we offer.


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

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.

A typical day..

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08:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic discussion / debate
18:00 - 19:15
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Unrivalled support system

We place a huge emphasis on creating a supportive and approachable environment at Cambridge Immerse. Our mentors are a team of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University or Oxford University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. The mentors have first hand experience with a variety of academic and non-academic issues and are therefore in the best position to offer friendly, confidential one-to-one advice. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of.

Mentors have studied a range of disciplines, allowing them to share their own insights and experiences of their academic careers. Each participant is also assigned a mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’.


Cambridge Immerse takes place in one of Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges, Queens’ College.

All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms or twin rooms, equipped with high speed internet access. Corridors or staircases separate male and female students, and bathrooms are en-suite or shared between just a few participants. The college site is secured and monitored at all times. Visit our ‘Campus’ page for further information.

Practical Information

Travel Information: The fee for Cambridge Immerse is not inclusive of travel to Cambridge. There are several transport options available, including arriving in Cambridge by rail, coach or flight. Please contact us if you need assistance planning your journey to Cambridge.

For international participants, we arrange a shared airport transfer service from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge. Dedicated staff members meet the participants at the airport terminal of their arrival. Participants are able to book this service once they have secured their place on the programme.

Medical and Dietary Requirements: We are able to cater for most dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, nut allergies, halal, kosher); please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure if we can cater for your dietary requirements. Breakfast and evening meals are included in Cambridge Immerse, and participants are expected to make their own provisions for lunch at various delicious eateries around Cambridge.

Other information: Students must be aged between 16-18 at the time of attendance to Cambridge Immerse. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.

Participate in 2018

Cambridge Immerse is a residential summer course consisting of outstanding academic classes, excellent skills workshops and exciting extracurricular activities in the historic university city of Cambridge. The Creative Writing & English Literature programme for 13-15 year olds at Cambridge Immerse runs for the following 2 week session:

  • 5th August – 18th August 2018 at Queens’ College, Cambridge University

We would be happy to assist you if you have any questions prior to booking your place. For the fastest response to your enquiry, please email:

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