Creative Writing Summer School in Cambridge

CREATIVE WRITING

Academic exploration for 13-15 years old

Creative Writing Summer Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Creative Writing
  • Fee: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge University colleges

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Summary

creative writing summer programs

For centuries, the colleges of Cambridge have produced some of the world’s most prolific writers, including C.S. Lewis, Douglas Adams, Sylvia Plath and John Milton. On Immerse Education’s summer programme, budding writers have the chance to hone their skills in these historic and inspirational surroundings.

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Taught by expert tutors, participants aged 13-15 will have the chance to explore the world of creative writer and develop their talents. With small class sizes, we ensure that everyone on the programme gets the attention and support they need to perfect their craft.

Creative Writing Summer School Program Summary

For centuries, the colleges of Cambridge University have produced some of the world’s most renowned writers, including C.S. Lewis, Douglas Adams, Sylvia Plath and John Milton. On Immerse Education’s summer programme, budding writers have the chance to develop imaginative approaches to writing, and to hone their skills in these historic and inspirational surroundings.

Taught by expert tutors, participants aged 13-15 will have the chance to explore the world of creative writing and develop their talents with the expert support of their tutor. With small class sizes, we ensure that everyone on the programme gets the attention and support they need to perfect their craft.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Creative Writing Summer School Key Benefits

Receive constructive criticism from expert tutors and creative writing peers

Create rich narratives, vivid characters, and thrilling plot lines

Gain a solid foundation of essential creative writing techniques

Develop your skills, analyse your own writing, and identify unique personal strengths

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

Employ new techniques you’ve learned to produce a short novella

Topics Covered

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Writing a great story isn’t just about great ideas, it’s about learning how to create compelling characters, write a gripping plot and take your reader on a journey through an imaginative and vivid world. To help participants accomplish this, we cover a variety of topics such as the principles of creative writing, the essentials of plot development and an introduction to the five writing styles.

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The Creative Writing programme will give students a thorough understanding of:

  • Introduction and exploration of Creative Writing
  • Introduction to the various forms
  • Principles of Creative Writing
  • Essentials of plot development
  • Character Development
  • Experiment with various ways of generating ideas for creative writing and also different writing techniques such as characterisation and narrative building
  • Participants will have been guided through the writing of their own novella – a side project that we believe is critical to creative literary exploration.

Topics Covered

Writing an exceptional story isn’t just about great ideas, it’s about learning how to create compelling characters, write a gripping plot and take your reader on a journey through an imaginative and vivid world. To help participants accomplish this, we cover a variety of topics such as the principles of creative writing, the essentials of plot development and an introduction to the five writing styles.

Our Creative Writing programme will include the following topics:

  • Introduction and exploration of Creative Writing
  • Introduction to the various forms
  • Principles of Creative Writing
  • Essentials of plot development
  • Character Development
  • How to brainstorm creative ideas and explore writing techniques such as characterisation and narrative building
  • Project based writing with guidance from expert tutors, enabling participants to write their own novella and develop their creative literary exploration

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

The goal of every writer is to create a masterpiece they can be proud of and on our summer programme, we aim to provide participants with the skills they need to do just that. By the end of the course, participants will have benefited from expert advice, gained insight into a variety of writing techniques such as creating underlying themes and using metaphors and similes, and learned how to explore their surroundings and personal experience to gain inspiration.

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In completing the course, students will:

  • Discover writing through a range of projects including essays, short stories and poetry
  • Study the work of renowned writers and discover your own voice
  • Find out how to use the world around you as a source of ideas and inspiration
  • Benefit from regular and extensive writing practice and balanced critical evaluation
  • Use a variety of strategies to generate ideas for creative writing
  • Understand and use certain writing techniques in your own writing

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.

Creative Writing Summer School Course Outcomes

The goal of every writer is to create a masterpiece they can be proud of. On our summer programme in the inspirational surroundings of Cambridge University, we aim to provide participants with the skills they need to do just that. By the end of the course, participants will have benefited from expert advice, and gained insight into a variety of writing techniques. These include creating underlying themes, using metaphors and similes, as well as learning how to explore their surroundings and personal experience to gain inspiration.

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In completing the creative writing summer course, participants will:

  • Discover writing through a range of projects including essays, short stories and poetry
  • Study the work of renowned writers and discover their own voice
  • Find out how to use personal surroundings as a source of ideas and inspiration
  • Benefit from regular and extensive writing practice and balanced critical evaluation
  • Use a range of strategies to generate ideas for creative writing
  • Understand and use a variety of writing techniques

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
Graduation33

Case Studies

Isis van Dompseler, United Kingdom United Kingdom

2017 Creative Writing Alumna

Isis participated in our Creative Writing programme in 2017. Here's what she has to say about her time with Immerse Education:

Studying with Immerse was an amazing experience. It has given me more faith in my abilities and myself, and has therefore broadened my horizons. During the programme I began work on a novella which I have continued to work on and hope to finish within the next 12 months.

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Having the opportunity to be mentored by professionals and being with students who are just as passionate was an amazing opportunity. I am still putting everything I learned - both in terms of the programme, and about myself - into practice which is something I treasure immensely.

Learn more about our alumni's exciting journeys on our Alumni Success page

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. 

Ready to enrol?

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

4th – 17th August 2019

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209 when a group of scholars left the University of Oxford. The history, influence and alumni of the university is world renown, having educated the likes of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more - including 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

Cambridge University is a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under the overall ‘Cambridge University’ umbrella, each with its own distinctive character. This set up also makes it one of the most architecturally interesting and beautiful towns in the world, and walking down the streets of Cambridge it’s easy to see the varied mix of styles of the university colleges that dominates the town. All of our participants live and learn in the inspirational surroundings during the academic programme.

Immerse Education's programmes in Cambridge take place in the beautiful colleges of the University of Cambridge. Immerse Education is not affiliated with Cambridge University.

The Creative Writing Programme takes place in the following locations

Queens' College
University of Cambridge

Queens' spans both sides of the River Cam and is connected by the famous mathematical bridge.

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Founded in 1448

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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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