The Creative Writing Summer Program builds on a rich literary tradition at Cambridge: it is designed for participants who wish to develop their existing writing skills. Elements will focus on the writing of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, in a range of genres and styles. Course Directors – all established writers – will set practical writing tasks, and guide you in critical reflection on your own work and that of the fellow students, as well as on the work of published writers. 

2018 programs range from $5,755 – $6,365 per term (depending on accommodation selected). 

The academic program consists of: 

  • 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 Program only. Others are shared with the Medieval Studies, Interdisciplinary and Shakespeare Summer Program also running at this time. 

  • Special subject courses

* Details of the 2018 program are still subject to change *

For each week of the two weeks, students choose one course from four practice-based courses (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and a general approach to the art and craft of writing).

Download the Cambridge Creative Writing Summer School Special Subject List 2018 to see what’s on selection for you!

  

There are a high number of weekend excursions and walking tours available during your stay at Cambridge. We’ve included the mains ones below to give you a feel for what’s on offer: 

Cambridge Walking Tour

Take a unique walking tour of Cambridge. Your guide will bring to life the many famous landmarks, magnificent architecture and historical churches in the city. Sites include Queens’ College, the Mathematical Bridge, King’s Parade, Senate House, Trinity College and St John’s College. Your guide will help you find your way around the city and give you all the best known insights. 

Bletchley Park

In 2014 Bletchley Park was re-opened to the public by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge following an £8 million Heritage Lottery funded restoration project. The aim was to preserve the unique history of one of the most top-secret locations of the Second World War. Bletchley Park was instrumental to the Allied forces being able to crack the codes and ciphers of the Axis nations and found renewed fame in the 2014 film ‘The Imitation Game’ which details the life of Alan Turing in his struggle to crack the Enigma code. 

Windsor Castle

Windsor is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. You will be able to visit St George’s Chapel, where many members of the royal family (including Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) are buried, and watch the Changing of the Guard. You will also have the opportunity to explore the historic town of Windsor, or cross the river to Eton, famous for its college where many eminent and well-known figures. 

University of Cambridge

Recently celebrating its 800th anniversary, the University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and has since upheld a well-established reputation for academic development and research, with notable alumni including actor Ian McKellen, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton.

It is in fact so successful that the university is able to lay claim to producing the most Nobel Peace Prize winners of any educational institution, with 90 recipients over a variety of disciplines including history, philosophy and the arts.

About a 50 minute train ride from King’s Cross in London, Cambridge’s location in England’s east gives it ample access to the nation’s capital and means for international travel. The university’s on-campus accommodation makes for an even more convenient stay, with the opportunity to mix and live with local students.

 

 

 

You will have the opportunity to live in one of the historic Cambridge Colleges and dine in the traditional halls. The College rooms you will be staying in are normally occupied by undergraduates so you will be living like a Cambridge student! Rooms are basic with a single bed and washbasin; some Colleges provide en suite facilities for an additional cost.

Read more about the Cambridge Accommodation options this year. 

 

Located in Eastern England about 80 kilometres north of London, Cambridge is known as a ‘University city’, home to University colleges such as King’s, Trinity and St John’s, among others. These colleges, including many of which fall under the responsibility of Cambridge University, consist of old and spectacular buildings rich with history and centuries old design, which are commonly frequented by tourists who are fascinated by the many peaceful chapels and halls.

 

The area of Cambridge is sometimes called the Silicon Fen, which in likeness to the Silicon Valley, has a high concentration of technology based firms. Many of these can be found within the bounds of parks and buildings associated with universities, such as Cambridge Science Park.

 

The surrounding area of the city is defined by farmland, flat plains, rolling hills and the River Cam. The River has historically put Cambridge on the map as a vital trading city, and although still used for trade it can now be seen to be a popular means of engaging in boating activities such as punting.

 

Here are just a few things that make the University City an ideal place to embark on your English experience:

  • Home to over 120,000 people, including a student population of approximately 24,000.
  • Cambridge is described as one of the “most beautiful cities in the world” by Forbes, 2010.
  • The University of Cambridge is one of the top 5 universities in the world.
  • The University of Cambridge takes charge of many popular museums, such as Fitzwilliam Museum, The Polar Museum, The Whipple Museum of the History of Science and the University Museum of Zoology among many others.
  • Cambridge is notable for its Arts Theatre, hosting numerous tours and locally-based productions with notable venues such as the Cambridge Corn Exchange and the ADC Theatre.

 

Credit

All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this after you have been accepted on the program, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.

Funding

You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

 

 

Applications for our July 2019 programs will open on October 15th 2018.

If you wish to know more, or if you have any questions about our programs, please contact us via info@aimoverseas.com.au or (02) 9975 7792. You can also refer to your Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternatively, you can Register your interest now for a July 2019 or January 2020 program, meaning you'll receive updates (via email or phone) prior to the application deadline and when applications are open.