Sydney
13-15
years old

Creative Writing

academic insights - sydney
10 days • January 2023
Gain advanced pre-university insights in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney.
Prepare for your future on the Immerse™ Creative Writing programme.
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Exceptional introductory course in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney

For centuries, Australia has produced some of the world’s most renowned professional writers, from Richard Flanagan and Patrick White to Jill Ker Conway. The summer programme supports the development of a creative writing practice across a range of literary forms, with a focus on the importance of fiction and non-fiction in our changing world. The curriculum will introduce you to all phases of the writing process, including idea generation, writing and editing, revising drafts, and more.

Overview
Academic

Learn directly from expert academics from world-class universities

Academic Insights is taught by expert tutors from the Universites of Oxford and Cambridge who will travel to Sydney from the UK to lead the course, offering exceptional teaching quality on the other side of the world.

You will explore novel concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In small class sizes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert tutors who have honed their expertise through teaching undergraduate students at world-class universities, including the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.

  • Average class size of 7

    Maximum class size of 10 students
  • 1:1 tutorials

    Supportive, challenging and engaging
  • Academic workshops

    Develop a practical understanding of your subject
  • World-class tutors

    Academics travel from Oxford and Cambridge

Boost your confidence and develop key attributes in academic skills workshops

Our workshops are geared towards unlocking participants’ potential, giving them the tools to prepare for the next steps of their education and future goals. Build upon existing study skills to support future university-level learning.

These workshops explore a diverse and enriching range of topics – past examples have ranged from ‘Productivity tips’ to ’21st Century Technology Skills’. We’re sure that you’ll learn something completely new. Unlike traditional schools, Immerse allows you to learn beyond the traditional curriculum.

Economics Class
  • Certificate & detailed participant evaluation

    All participants receive an individual report from their tutor
  • Personal project

    Develop a personal project to present at the end of the course
  • Live like a University of Sydney undergraduate

    An authentic experience of university life
  • Admissions insight

    Interview skills, academic writing and presentations

Guest speakers from previous summers

Each week, Academic Insights participants will hear from an influential guest speaker from a variety of inspiring backgrounds. Meet some of our previous guests:
Former Olympian

Abi Oyepitan

A two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Gold and Silver winning track and field athlete.
Philosopher, author & journalist

Dr Nigel Warburton

How do great people find answers to deep and meaningful questions?
Neuroscientist & entrepreneur

Dr Lynda Shaw

A journey in personal development - how to create your own set of tools to fast track success
Tutors & Speakers
Reviews
Our Alumni says
"

My tutor taught me more in two weeks than the whole five years of English I’ve studied. He made me love creative writing even more.

Tiffany F
Attended Immerse in 2018
Residential Summer Programme (Creative Writing) Student
5/5

Explore Sydney with our Social and Cultural Programme

We are proud to offer an exceptional social programme to offer an insiders tour of Sydney. This includes activities such as a cruise around Sydney Harbour, a sports tournament on Manly Beach and a murder mystery night in the college.

There is also a full day excursion during the programme to explore the iconic landmarks Sydney has to offer, including Sydney Opera House, the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Activities and excursions are run by our team of friendly mentors who are current University of Sydney students and city experts.

Activities

Live and study in
Sydney

Experience life as a University of Sydney undergraduate

St. Paul’s College offers a wide range of modern and heritage facilities located in the heart of the University of Sydney.

St Paul’s was the first university college in Australia. Alumni include two former Prime Ministers, three High Court judges, Supreme Court judges and 29 Rhodes Scholars, as well as influential figures in business, the law, science and the arts.

The college offers comfortable accommodation used by Sydney undergraduates during term-time, allowing for an authetic educational experience that blends immersive study with our exceptional social and cultural programme.

The college is perfectly situated to explore Syndey’s iconic landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden and the Australian Museum.

Accommodation

Pastoral care and safety

An accredited provider of academic short courses

Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector. Our accreditation with the BAC sends a positive and clear message to students and partners that they are studying with a trusted and reliable provider who has met a series of globally recognised quality assurance standards, both in terms of academic provision and student welfare.

The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training before interacting with any students.

For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.

Pastoral Care

Immerse's mentors and
college managers
in Australia

All mentors on the Academic Insights programme are past/current students at the University of Sydney, whilst College Managers have experience running academic short courses. All of our support staff are background-checked and receive training in providing an unforgettable experience for every Immerse student.
Pastoral Care

Immerse™ Creative Writing Sample Modules

To see how the programme is structured, view the Academic Insights timetable here.
  • Module 1 - The Blank Page

    The Blank Page
    Beginning a creative project can often be daunting, even for experienced writers. During this module, you will look at various techniques for overcoming the fear of the blank page, including a range of warm-up exercises and quick-fire short assignments, as well as gaining inspiration from the work of other writers.
  • Module 2 - Character Creation

    Character Creation
    Creating a character who lives beyond the page is one of the biggest challenges for an author. In this module, you will discover a variety of techniques for building a memorable character. From creating CVs and family trees to 'mapping' relationship networks in order to identify potential sources of conflict in their lives.
  • Module 3 - Plot Mapping

    Plot Mapping
    With a fresh understanding of how to build character, dialogue and much more, you will turn your attention to the plot. In this module, you'll address the importance of moulding ‘tension points’ and ‘turning points’ in our stories, as well as the creative possibilities of ‘plot twists’.
  • Module 4 - Written Portfolio

    Written Portfolio
    The Creative Writing programme concludes with a workshop devoted to the portfolios-in-progress. By this point you will have completed a short written piece. You will have the opportunity to present your work to the class and receive constructive feedback from your tutor and peers.
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Modules
  • 4th January – 14th January 2023

10 nights accommodation in a college of the University of Sydney
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in College Hall
Accommodation in an individual bedroom
35 hours of academic sessions from Oxford University and Cambridge University tutors
Carefully designed study and lecture materials
Mentor programme and access to support material
Formal hall dinners at University of Sydney
Visits to iconic landmarks including Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and the Taronga Zoo
Cultural and social activities including Australian Football, Cricket and lots of opportunities for BBQ
Graduation ceremony and certificate
Detailed evaluation written by tutor
Mentor family photograph
Free premium membership to UniPrepare's 'Nurture' plan

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