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Creative Writing

Oxford Royale Academy's Creative Writing Summer School for Adults, on the campus of the University of Oxford, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why Study Creative Writing?

Immerse yourself in the art of crafting compelling stories with an emphasis on novels, speculative fiction, drama and poetry. More than a mechanics course, “Creative Writing” will expand your creativity and confidence through exposure to the genres of modern dystopian novels, science-fiction, Shakespearian drama, and Romantic poets like Keats, Coleridge, and Shelley.

Why Choose This Course?

  • Engage with leading faculty and professional writers as you explore how to apply your passion for storytelling to create characters and narrative for diverse media formats.
  • Build transferable writing skills that can prepare you for success in careers like multi-channel marketing, film and animation, and scriptwriting and the entertainment industry.
  • Enhance important professional skills like research, copy editing and proofreading while also strengthening mechanics like character development, plot design, narrative, and imagination.
  • Learn how to apply strong creative structure to form your creative ideas into a novel, film script, or dramatic production.
  • Seek inspiration from your stunning surroundings on the campus of the University of Oxford, known for nurturing famous writers such as T.S Elliot, Lewis Carroll and Oscar Wilde.


What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford.
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts.
  • A truly international environment – form a global network.
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme.
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate.
  • 10 exciting lectures and 10 lively discussion-based seminars.
  • Maximum 10 students per class.
  • 15+ hours tuition / week.
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers.
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations.
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What you will learn

On this course, you will:

  • Identify and apply a wide range of creative writing genres and styles that will expand your communication skills for any profession.
  • Breathe life into your writing as you strengthen techniques like the use of anecdotes, simile, theme, and point of view.
  • Constructively evaluate writing samples and analyze narrative structure from influential literary voices of the past five hundred years.
  • Apply literary devices like character creation and development, meaningful dialogue, and extended metaphors.
  • Create, share, and evaluate your own short story masterpiece.
  • Gain exposure to some of the finest examples of creative writing in literature, drama, poetry, and film.

Great For Students Thinking About

  • Improving their overall creative writing skills to succeed in academia or in a career.
  • Strengthening their voice and skills for immediate application to courses in literature, film, and marketing at university.
  • Producing content as a columnist or editor for print and digital publications.
  • Publishing their first novel or collection of short stories or poetry.
  • Pursuing writing careers in the entertainment industry or leading multi-channel marketing design teams.
  • Exploring potential creative writing careers in Copywriting, Editing, Social Media, Campaign Design, and Email Marketing.
  • Becoming a playwright, travel blogger, best-selling author, or journalist.

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more!

We assemble our diverse faculty from all over the world, exclusively for you, so you only learn from the very best. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Join exciting trips and activities

At Oxford Royale Academy, we strive to offer a summer of fun and enjoyment alongside your academic immersion.

We can help you uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. Alongside your new friends from around the world, you will enjoy a busy extra-curricular timetable, including a sophisticated graduation ceremony and dinner, guest talks from Oxford researchers and academics, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more.

Useful Information

Arrival and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

What to Bring

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Guest Speakers

We believe that the chance to talk frankly and openly with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia allows our students to develop both their confidence and their analytical skills. Each of our speakers presents on a topic that they are world experts on before fielding questions from our student audience.

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