Suitable for both intermediate and advanced writers, the Creative Writing Summer School is a three week long course designed to take your writing to the next level.

*The 2020 program information is yet to be released. The 2019 program information is listed below as an example.*
 

The core academic program consists of:

  • Daily talks and readings by established authors, editors, agents and other professionals in the field
  • Small seminar study groups led by experienced teachers and published authors.

The program is taught at an advanced level. Applicants should be keen readers and bring an open-minded, questioning approach to both reading and writing – applicants may not necessarily have yet achieved publication, but will have written regularly and read widely over a sustained period. 

Seminars are offered at two different levels:

  • Intermediate courses are suitable for applicants who have completed 1-2 years of a full-time single honours university degree course in creative writing or English literature, or a combined honours university degree course in creative writing and English literature.
  • Advanced courses are suitable for applicants who have completed or nearly completed a full-time single honours university degree course in creative writing or English literature, or a combined honours university degree course in creative writing and English literature.

If you are an intermediate applicant, you will participate in two mandatory seminars, which include Creative Non-Fiction and Fiction. 

Level 2 applicants may select two seminars from the following:

  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Fiction: Turning Ideas into Narratives
  • Fiction: Fine-Tuning Your Writing
  • Poetry
  • Scriptwriting
  • Young Adult Fiction

Within these seminars, you’ll participate in writing exercises, fascinating group discussions, and develop your creative writing portfolio. 

Each seminar has two two-hour meetings per week, and classes will usually contain no more than 14 participants. 

*Details of the 2019 program are still subject to final change*

 


This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Contact hours
The program provides a minimum of 46.5 contact hours, comprising:

- 22.5 hours of plenary sessions (15 sessions lasting about 1.5 hours each)
- 24 hours of seminar meetings (12 per course)

Level of the program
This is an intensive program taught to an informed international audience. Non-native speakers of English are required to submit evidence of their English language competency.

Participants are expected to:

- Undertake preparatory reading in advance of the program;
- Attend all lectures and relevant seminar sessions;
- Be actively engaged with their seminar topics;
- Submit an assignment of 2,000-3,000 words in length for each seminar taken; and
- Undertake approximately 96 hours of private study during the program (elements of private study will include: reading, writing and other preparation between seminar meetings, work in libraries, writing papers, etc).

Certificates
All students who complete the program will receive an ‘attendance certificate’. Those seeking credit at their home institution will receive a ‘detailed certificate’ which details contact hours (for lectures and seminars), an assessment of their contribution to seminar discussions, grades achieved for written work, and the number of private study hours required.

With Oxford Royale Academy, you might have the opportunity to take in the sights with an in-depth guide to the history of the city and the university, sprinkled with amusing anecdotes about Oxford life. You might also like to take a night-time tour with the award-winning Bill Spectre, who dresses as a Victorian undertaker to tell students the terrifying stories of Oxford’s ghosts.

Throughout the summer school, a variety of optional social events and excursions will be offered such as after-dinner talks, weekend excursions to fascinating historical and literary sites and peer-led workshop sessions. These activities will give you a great opportunity to really get into the vibe of this incredible student town.

(Please note that most of these activities incur additional costs, which are payable upon arrival in Oxford).

Oxford University


First recorded as far back as the 12th century, the University of Oxford is noted as the world’s second oldest university. The first studies which took place at the University were translations and interpretations of the work of Greek philosophers, which paved the way for much development of society as we know it.


The colleges of the university were backed by the Christian Church, which can be clearly seen when observing that the buildings located on university grounds consist of various chapels and churches. Notable alumni include writer and author of the internationally acclaimed ‘Lord of the Rings’ J.R.R Tolkien, well known actor and screenwriter Rowan Atkinson, and Theodor Seuss Geisel – perhaps better known as simply ‘Dr Seuss’. In this way, studying at Oxford allows students the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of true greats in creative writing.


Founded in 1314, Exeter College is Oxford University’s fourth oldest college. Still situated in its original location on Turl Street in the heart of Oxford, Exeter was founded by Walter de Stapledon of Devon, the Bishop of Exeter and later treasurer to Edward II, as a school to educate clergy. Exeter College strongly values its long standing traditions, especially during special occasions. 


This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Susannah Rickards' collection of short fiction, Hot Kitchen Snow, drawn from experiences of growing up in North East England and working in East Africa, won the international Scott Prize in for best debut fiction collection in 2010, and is published by Salt. Her writing regularly appears in journals and anthologies and has been broadcast on BBC radio. She read English at Oxford University and now lives in Surrey, UK, where she writes and mentors new and established authors.

Frank Egerton read English at Keble College, Oxford, and has reviewed fiction for The Times, Times Literary Supplement and Financial Times. He teaches creative writing at undergraduate and postgraduate level for Oxford University. He is the author of The Lock (Smaller Sky Books, 2003) and Invisible (StreetBooks, 2010). He is interested in both the close examination of fiction and how new technologies are changing the publishing industry. The e book edition of The Lock reached the finals of the Independent eBook Awards. He is a former editor of The Oxford Writer and Chair of Writers in Oxford. He has recently completed a work of life writing, entitled I Am the Man Who Lives in a Shoe.

Dr Jane McVeigh teaches life-writing at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) and elsewhere. She writes on different aspects of life-writing and is working on the life and work of Richmal Crompton. She is the author of two chapters in The Companion to Literary Biography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018) and the author of In Collaboration with British Literary Biography: Haunting Conversations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), which explores the nature of contemporary biography.

Dr Rachel Bentham has been Royal Literary Fellow at Bath University, and teaches for both Bristol and Bath Spa Universities. Her plays and short stories have been regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and her poetry is internationally published. She has recently completed a novel set in nineteenth-century Tahiti. Her current collection of haiku is called Let All Tongues Flower (Firewater Press, 2013).

Lorna Fergusson is a literary consultant, novelist and prize-winning short story writer, who has taught on various OUDCE programmes since 2002. In 2013 she republished her novel, The Chase, originally published by Bloomsbury in 1999. Her chapter on ‘Pre-writing’ appears in Studying Creative Writing (Creative Writing Studies, 2013).

Matthew Barton has published two collections of poetry, Learning to Row (Peterloo Poets, 1999) and Vessel (The Brodie Press, 2009), and a third collection is forthcoming. He has won many awards for his work including BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year (twice winner), second prize in the National Poetry Competition and, most recently, joint second prize in the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. He is a tutor of poetry for the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing at OUDCE and he runs workshops in schools.

Shaun McCarthy is a professional stage and radio dramatist. He teaches for Oxford and other universities in the UK and Europe. He is currently writing a resetting of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, to May Eve in Oxford 1963, and co-producing a play based on seven after-show discussions about a play we never actually see.

Julie Hearn is the Carnegie-nominated author of a number of novels for young adults: Follow Me Down (2009), The Merrybegot (2005), Ivy (2006), Hazel (2007), Rowan the Strange (2010), Wreckers (2011) and Dance of the Dark Heart (2014) were all published by Oxford University Press. Her eighth novel, I’m Not Adorable was published in 2018.

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Housing
One of the highlights of this program is the ability for you to live and take your meals in one of Oxford’s regular colleges: Exeter. You will have a single study bedroom in Exeter College – bedrooms are typically located between floors four to nine, and each floor shares a bath and/or shower and toilet facilities. Each room is equipped with a tray with a kettle, tea cup and saucer, teaspoon and glass.

There are a few rooms which offer private bathroom facilities available for an additional cost and require early application. Linen and towels are provided.

Meals
The program includes most meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and you will take these in the college’s dining area. The college dining hall offers an excellent array of food, and can also accommodate those with special dietary requirements. Alternatively, dine out with friends to experience the regional cuisine of Oxford.

First settled in Saxon times, Oxford, located 92 km from England’s capital, is internationally known as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the country and the English-speaking world. The city retains features reminiscent of the period in which it was founded, with many examples of Saxon architecture found throughout its streets and university buildings. Oxford has a diverse economic base and its industries include education, motor manufacturing, publishing and numerous science-based and information technology businesses. Majority of the iconic landmarks which define the city and attract numerous tourists yearly are associated with the universities of the city, including the University of Oxford Botanical Garden, Museum of Natural History and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin among many others.

Here are some reasons why Oxford is a fantastic place to have your English experience:

  • Home to over 150,000 people, a large amount of which consist of students across the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.
  • Oxford University is currently ranked as number one university in the world.
  • As a university city, Oxford University’s buildings and faculties can be located all across the city centre, allowing the chance to travel around and still be on campus grounds.
  • The university is in charge of a variety of museums, including the Museum of Natural History, Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and Pitt Rivers Museum.
  • Oxford possesses a culture rooted in theatre and the arts, home to numerous theatres, including Oxford Playhouse, O’Reilly Theatre and New Theatre (formerly known as the Apollo).

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.

Your course convenors will not be able to 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 the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

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, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

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 are currently closed for this program and will open on the 14th October 2019.
You can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates. You’ll also be notified when applications for the July intake are open!

The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.