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 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
- 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 12 participants.
* Details of the 2018 program are still subject to final change *
Additional Course Information
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).
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.
University and Faculty
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.
Site Visits and Cultural Activities
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).
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 of $580 and require early application. Linen and towels are provided.
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.
Hear the experiences of other students on this program
“The days themselves were split between exploring the amazing sites of Oxford such as climbing St Mary’s Cathedral Tower or traditional activities such as punting while also attending the incredible seminars and lectures. Analysing texts, looking at famous works, differing forms and writing our own pieces based on these ideas was immensely helpful to my development as a writer. The teaching staff are incredibly adept at fostering our creativity. The lectures themselves were an amazing experience in that they gave us unique insights into the different aspects of the creative process.”
- Jessica, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, majoring in Creative Writing. READ MORE
The sun is shining in Oxford today. Blue sky frames the many spires and turrets that soar around this beautifully calm 8th century city – although my new friends and I agree it feels more like a town. There is an air of tranquillity around the place – it puts you in the mood for classical music and literary fiction (which I guess is appropriate). It’s amazing being able to walk around the same places as such figures as J.R.R. Tolkein and Oscar Wilde.
- Damon Meredith, Bachelor of Communications in Journalism. READ MORE
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).
Most students choose to arrive at Heathrow Airport in London.
If travelling directly to Oxford from Heathrow (as opposed to spending some time in London first), you can take a National Express bus directly from the airport to the centre of Oxford. Travel time is approximately 1-1.5 hours (depending on traffic) and costs about $40 one way.
More information is available from the Oxford Bus Company website: www.oxfordbus.co.uk
Credit and Funding
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 in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
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.
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 now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.
1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program down payment. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your down payment.
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.
Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (2nd April) are required to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $55 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.