Creative Writing in English - The Mysterious Art of the Short Story, Estonia

Publish Date: Oct 18, 2016

Deadline: Jun 01, 2017


Creative writing embraces a wide range of genres, from fiction to non-fiction, including the novel, the short story, poetry, drama and screen-writing, and various forms of writing such as crime, travel and biographies. Creative writing includes all writing that is original, innovative and imaginative. It can be what you do for your own pleasure or as your career.

This course will help you get started as a writer, or develop as a writer, by enabling you to improve your existing skills and cultivate your imagination. It will guide you through the process of writing, from brainstorming to writing to revising.

Short stories are wonderful things – providing us with fleeting glimpses into the lives of other people – but, despite their brevity, they can be fiendishly difficult to write. Perhaps this is because they require a concentration of pure energy in order to succeed, a type of energy not required by the novel. Whatever the reason, on this course we will together explore the intoxicating power of the short story. Of course, there is no single ‘correct’ way of writing a short story, but there are things worth knowing about, not least because the short story is such a particular form: it both asks for and gives very different things, both to the writer and to the reader.

Over the course of the week, we will explore these things together: by reading, by thinking, by talking and, yes, by writing. It will probably be the best thing you have ever done.

The theme of the course is “The Mysterious Art of the Short Story”

The course tutor is Philip Langeskov, a short story writer whose fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and appeared in The Best British Short Stories 2011 & 2014 – the annual anthologies of best short fiction by British writers first published in the previous year – and various other places, including Untitled Books, Five Dials, The Warwick Review, and Unthology. His first book, Barcelona, was published by Daunt Books in 2013. Philip teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Britain and is a fiction editor for Lighthouse Literary Journal.


Creative Writing 2016


This summer course is suitable for all people who are interested in creative writing. During the course you will be expected to attend workshops and seminars, submit your work for peer review and create a portfolio of your own writing. The expected English language proficiency is C1 or equivalent (advanced proficiency).


Upon full participation and the completion of the course, the students will be awarded 3 ECTS points.


300 EUR. For students 250 EUR. Accommodation and meals are not included in the the price.


Tallinn Summer School has different requirements for each course. Some courses are designed only for PhD and Master level students. The language courses and the art workshops welcome anyone interested in language, culture and art. If there are any special requirements, they are listed under the course description. The number of credits varies according to the course.

ECTS – a common language for academic recognition.

ECTS, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements and transferring them from one institution to another. This is achieved through the use of common ECTS credit units and a common ECTS grading scale. ECTS also improves access to information on foreign curricula.

A Tallinn University Certificate of Participation is also awarded to students for any courses they complete.


Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. Tallinn is the major political, financial, cultural and educational center of Estonia. Often dubbed as the Silicon Valley of Europe, it has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is a birthplace of many international companies including Skype. Providing to the global cyber security it is the home to the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. We have more than 9,000 students (with 5.5% of them international), and over 900 employees, including over 400 researchers and lecturers. Given the new trends in higher education, Tallinn University also values internationalisation.

Tallinn Summer School is a 3-week programme in July, which includes several courses in various fields and provides a fascinating cultural programme full of recreational trips. Participants have chance to visit museums, historical sights and attend a wide range social events. Tallinn Summer School has a casual and relaxing atmosphere, yet still maintains a scholastic approach, as well as acceptance of a wide diversity of opinions.

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