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Creative Writing 2-week Summer School

Date Attendance Time Duration Course fee Location Action
23/07/18 – 03/08/18 Monday – Friday full time (9am-5pm approx) 9.00 – 17.00 2 weeks full time £1,450 Kingston University Book now

Course information

Why choose this course?

Where better to study creative writing than in literary London!

This summer school is for creative writing enthusiasts who are looking to be inspired by close working with like-minded practitioners whilst drawing on the rich literary heritage of London. Taught classes by Kingston academics and published authors are complemented by visits to iconic literary locations such as the British Library and walking Charles Dickens' London.

A good working level of English is required for maximum enjoyment of this course although no previous experience of creative writing is needed to benefit from this 2-week total immersion into the craft of writing.

Course description

A programme of taught classes will be complemented by a carefully planned series of cultural visits which will supplement and bring to life the academic content.

Each seminar will look in turn at a different aspect of the writing process, for example characterisation, plotting and narrative structure. By the end of course you will be equipped with a toolbox of literary techniques to help take your writing forward.

This programme is also offered as a residential summer school for international students. Read more.

Course structure

*This example programme is provided as a guide only. The schedules for 2018 will be finalised nearer the start date and may be subject to last minute changes. Pathways will only be run subject to sufficient student numbers.

    Week 1  
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Group lunch
  • Session 1: Generating ideas, writer's routines and automatic writing
  • Tuesday
  • Session 2: Character - character in literature and using observation journals
  • Session 3: Character continued - using magazine and newspaper stories and interrogating your character
  • Wednesday
  • Visit to Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare 
  • Thursday
  • Session 4: Plot and structure - writing from experience and memory

  • Session 5: Plot and structure continued - diagnosing your story's plot

  • Friday
  • Session 6: Showing not telling workshop
      Visit to British Library or walking tour of Charles Dickens 'London
    Week 2  
    • Visit to one of the London Museums (eg V&A, Science Museum)
    • Session 7: Place workshop
  • Session 8: Point of view workshop
  • Session 9: Writing afternoon and one-to-one tutorials
  • Optional evening social activity (theatre or cinema)
  •  Wednesday
    • Visit (eg Oxford, Cambridge or Bath or movie location tour)
    • Session 10: Style, revising and editing; carrying on and getting published
    • Cultural visit (eg Hampton Court Palace)
    • Afternoon tea
  • Presentation of certificates
  • Readings and critiques with guest speakers and readers

 Learning outcomes

  1. What it is like to study creative writing full time and you will have had a taste of what it might be like to go on and study full time.
  2. You will gain practical insights the writing life of a wide range of speakers and full time creative writers.
  3. You will gain inspiration from literary visits and performances in London and further afield.

    What will you take away?

    By the end of this intensive two-week taster course, you will have a good understanding of:

Booking information

Dates for open courses currently available will be listed in the table at the top of this page with a "Book now" link that will direct you to our payment website. If no dates are shown and you would like to register your interest for future dates for this course please contact us.

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This programme is also offered as a residential summer school for international students. Read more.


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