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.
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.
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.
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
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'.