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Creative Writing Summer Programme, University of Cambridge, UK

Publish Date: Oct 15, 2015

Deadline: Jul 18, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 31, 2016 12:00 to Aug 13, 2016 12:00

This programme builds on a rich literary tradition at Cambridge: it is designed for participants who wish to develop their existing writing skills. Course Directors – all established writers – will set practical writing tasks, and guide students in critical reflection on their own work and that of their fellow students, as well as on the work of published writers.

Students are expected to put in a minimum of two hours per weekday of writing as private study. Participants may elect to use free time at weekends for a sustained period of writing. The course is intentionally rigorous, and all applicants must demonstrate a high level of fluency in English in their applications.

Academic programme

  • One special subject course per week (workshops take place twice a day)
  • Four special subject courses (two for each week)
  • Evening lectures

Special subject courses

Students choose one course each week from among four practice-based courses (writing for performance, short stories, creative non-fiction and a general approach to the art and craft of writing). Students write 350-500 words a day for their course.

Week 1

9.15am – 10.45am and 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Wa1 - Writing for performance I. Stage and radio Cancelled
Wa2 - Writer’s art, writer’s world I. Essential skills
Wa3 - Writing short stories I. Memory, imagination, research
Wa4 - Writing non-fiction I. Lives - past and present

Week 2

9.15am – 10.45am and 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Wb1 - Writing for performance II. Television and film Cancelled
Wb2 - Writer’s art, writer’s world II. Wider explorations
Wb3 - Writing short stories II. Place, character, voice, action
Wb4 - Writing non-fiction II. People and places

Plenary lectures

Morning plenary lectures will be given by visiting novelists, poets and other figures from the world of publishing, who will address a variety of matters related to their own work and to the craft of writing more generally.

Evening lectures

Some evening talks are for the Creative Writing Summer School only. Others are shared with the Medieval Studies, Interdisciplinary and Shakespeare Summer Schools also running at this time.

A typical day

In the mornings you attend a class from your Wa or Wb special subject course, followed by a plenary lecture. In the afternoons you attend another class from your Wa or Wb special subject course. Subject specific and joint lectures are offered in the evenings.

College accommodation

Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see theaccommodation options available for this programme.

Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.

Information for applicants

Programme calendar
Who can apply
How to apply
Making choices
Programme options and fees
Language requirements
Booking terms and conditions


The quickest way to apply is by using our secure online booking system. You can also apply by downloading an application form (pdf) and sending it by post or fax.

Creative Writing statement

In addition to meeting the Language requirements for Creative Writing, all applicants are required to submit a 300-400 word written piece, explaining their reasons for applying. This statement must be included with your application, and will be reviewed before places are offered. Label your submission with your name and use the header: 'Creative Writing Statement'.

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