The Creative Writing and Literature Gap Year Course is ideal for prospective students of Literature, Creative Writing or related subjects to gain skills ahead of further study or the workplace.
|Start dates: January, March and September||Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford|
|Duration: 1 term (10 weeks)||Price: £13,995|
|This course is ideal for: 17s – 19s||English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)|
The course is ideal for prospective students of Literature, Creative Writing or related subjects to gain skills ahead of further study or the workplace. The quiet and reflective atmosphere of Yarnton Manor is highly conducive to writing and previous residents have found that whether strolling in the grounds or sitting in the manor house, inspiration strikes at all times.
Support from academic tutors and small group tutorials ensure that students remain motivated and are equipped with the tools necessary to produce their work to the highest standard. Students will be expected to do considerable out-of-class study during this phase in order to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge beyond that which can be taught in timetabled sessions and to study any areas not covered in class that they feel would be valuable for their thesis.
Many great writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman have found inspiration in Oxford. Its dreaming spires, grand buildings and quiet secluded writing spots will allow you to follow in their footsteps.
At the end of the course, students will:
- Have gained a foundation of knowledge on which to build for university or the workplace
- Have studied the works of renowned, classic and contemporary British authors
- Have developed skills transferable to other areas, particularly within the humanities
- Have trained broader skills in research, communication, analysis and independent study
The Extended Project
Students have the choice to write an academic thesis, such as an evaluation of a particular text or texts, or to focus on producing an extended piece of creative writing, which might be a series of poems, a novella, a collection of short stories or something else along similar lines.
A variety of topics will be studied in core classes, of which the following are a sample:
- Shakespeare: Poetry to Stage
- The Evolution of the Novel
- Genre Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
- Writing for Stage and Screen
- Ways to find inspiration to write: A Practical Guide
- Character development and creating depth with dualism
- Literature and merging mediums in the 21st century
- Importance of details and show not tell
- Experimenting with point of view
- Planning and shaping a story
Students will gain a foundation of knowledge on which to build when they embark upon the independent work of their Project, as well as being exposed to renowned, classic and contemporary British authors such as Shakespeare, Jane Austin and J.K Rowling. Students will be expected to do considerable out-of-class study during this phase in order to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge beyond that which can be taught in timetabled sessions and to study any areas not covered in class that they feel would be valuable for their thesis.
At Oxford Royale Academy we believe that learning takes place everywhere, not just inside the classroom. Students on the Creative Writing and Literature Course will visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where England’s most famous writer, William Shakespeare, was born in the sixteenth century. Shakespeare is known worldwide for his plays such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Macbeth’. Students will also have the chance to visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to watch plays performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Why Take the Creative Writing and Literature Gap Year Course?
The study of Literature at school can be highly prescriptive, sticking closely to the canon without room for students to explore the greater diversity of the world of literature that they would be likely to encounter at university and in life in general. Additionally, it is rare that students are taught not only how to write creatively but also how to take the next step to becoming a published author, playwright or poet. The Creative Writing and Literature Course addresses both of these concerns, allowing students to look at a wide range of different texts and teaching them the skills they need both to write well and to succeed commercially. This course is therefore ideal both for students who wish to write for a living and those who wish to expand their literary horizons in order to gain a head start ahead of going to university.