The Creative Writing Summer School is a broadly based course
anyone wishing to explore and enhance their ability as a writer.
Founded in 1314, Exeter is one of the University’s oldest colleges and is situated in the heart of Oxford.
The academic programme consists of
• a daily programme of lectures, talks and readings given by
established authors, agents, editors and others.
• study in small workshops, led by tutors who are both
published authors and experienced teachers.
• applicants choose two workshops from: Reading for
Writers; Writing Fiction; Writing for Young Adults; Writing
Lives; Writing Poetry.
• workshops will involve writing exercises, group discussion,
and the development of a portfolio of creative writing.
• each workshop has two two-hour meetings per week, and
classes will usually contain no more than twelve participants.
Who is it for?
• Applicants may not necessarily have yet achieved publication, but will have written regularly and read widely over a sustained period.
• Applicants should be keen readers, and bring an open-
minded, questioning approach to both reading and writing.
• Normally applicants will have a first degree, or equivalent, although in some cases other evidence of suitability may be acceptable.
Level and Demands of the Programme
This is an intensive programme of study taught to an
informed international audience.
Applicants should be confident that they are academically and linguistically prepared for such a programme.
Non-native speakers of English are required to submit evidence of their English language competency with their application (IELTS 6.5 or proof of an equivalent level of competence).
Participants are expected to
• undertake preparatory reading in advance of the programme.
• attend all plenary sessions and relevant workshops.
• be actively engaged with their workshop topics.
• submit an assignment for each workshop taken.
• undertake approximately 96 hours of private study during the programme (elements of private study will include: reading, writing and other preparation between workshop meetings, work in the library, writing papers, etc).
The programme provides a minimum of 46.5 contact hours, comprising
• 22.5 hours of plenary sessions (15 sessions lasting c1.5 hours each).
• 24 hours of workshop meetings (12 per workshop).
• All students who satisfactorily complete the programme will receive an ‘Attendance Certificate’.
• Those seeking credit at their home institution will receive a ‘Detailed Certificate’ which details contact hours (for plenary sessions and workshops), grades achieved, and private study hours (Please note that, as Oxford University does not offer credit, those
wishing to obtain credit from their home institution for attending
the programme must make appropriate arrangement with that institution in advance).
• Participants will have access to the Continuing Education Library.
• Participants will be eligible to use the IT facilities at Exeter College.
A range of optional excursions and events will be offered throughout the programme. These are likely to include: a walking tour of Oxford, after-dinner talks, open mic nights, and weekend excursions to sites of literary and historical interest. (Please note that where these activities have a cost, that is not included in the programme fee)
Resident in Exeter College £2275
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation and meals (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday and meals during optional weekend excursions).
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; the programme’s formal opening and closing dinners.
• You can download an application form from our website or ask us to send you a copy.
• Information regarding documents required to support your
application are available on our website.
• Oxford University operates a ‘gathered field’ closing date
system by which applications are considered on a fair and
equal basis at specific dates throughout the admissions period.
• There are three deadlines for applications – 15 February 2009, 15 March 2009, 15 April 2009
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