Summary

The Immerse Creative Writing programme offers the chance for young writers to develop their craft in the stimulating cultural setting of Cambridge university – the academic home to some of the world’s greatest literary minds. The two-week programme, designed for aspiring 16–18 year old writers, encourages participants to push the limits of their current writing abilities, work with expert university tutors, and learn to improve their own work by critically analysing great literature.

Participants in this programme will explore a wide range of creative writing techniques, receive constructive feedback from their peers, and even complete their own novella by the end of the course. Throughout their stay, participants will learn what makes great writing, following a dynamic curriculum built to help them identify their unique strengths and weaknesses. They will also be introduced to the concept of the ‘writing workshop’, a popular method which professional writers use to improve their own work.

Participants 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 academic prose.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious

Creative Writing Summer School Key Benefits

Create rich narratives, believable characters, and thrilling plot lines

Receive and respond to constructive criticism from expert tutors and creative writing peers

Build a solid foundation of essential creative writing skills

Develop written voice, master self-reflection, and identify unique personal strengths

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

Employ new techniques and techniques to complete a full-length novella

Topics Covered

Participants will start the programme by reviewing the fundamentals of creative writing – developing an effective plot, shaping engaging characters etc. before moving on to more advanced techniques and concepts. Tutors will work alongside participants to individualise academic session, adjusting tutorials based on participants’ different abilities and interests.

Class assignments take the form of essays, short stories, and brief writing exercises designed to challenge participants whilst enhancing their written skill sets. During the programme , participants will learn to make purposeful choices about point of view, dialogue style, and the settings in which their narratives take place.

Throughout the course, participants will also read and critically analyse great literary works by authors such as Elizabeth Strout, Mary Gaitskill, Norman Mailer, Benjamin Markovitz, and more. The tutors will guide participants through the readings, revealing the techniques these masters employ in their work. This provides great practice for the programme’s writing workshops, where participants critique their peers’ writing and receive important feedback from them in turn.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated March 27, 2019
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