Creative Writing and Literature


The Creative Writing and Literature Oxford Study Programme is designed for aspiring authors, novelists, reviewers and poets, offering professional support and advice in this lucrative career choice.

Start dates: Programme currently unavailable. Please go to our homepage for alternative courses. Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford Duration: 1 term (10-12 weeks)
Price: £12,995 This course is ideal for: 19s – 25s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)


The Creative Writing and Literature course is designed for aspiring authors, novelists, reviewers and poets. From learning how to critique the most famous and successful literary and non-fiction writing, to the composition of students’ own artistic work, the Creative Writing and Literature programme offers pragmatic and inspiring tuition to those looking to pursue a career in writing.

Course Content

The initial tuition phase allows students to deepen their understanding of classical literature, often from a perspective that they have not experienced before. Our expert tutors will guide students through their own experience of studying and writing within the realm of Creative Writing and Literature, and each student will have the opportunity to shape the tuition they receive by providing regular feedback and requesting different lesson types. The emphasis is on career development within the Creative Writing and Literature sector, and so students learn skills needed to succeed within the industry.

Students also relish the opportunity to dedicate a substantial part of the programme to the planning, drafting and submitting of their very own piece of literary work. Whether it be a collection of poems, a short story or an academic review, the Creative Writing and Literature course is the perfect programme for those seeking partial guidance whilst honing in on their own literary skills. With the course set in the beautiful grounds of Yarnton Manor, students are spoilt for choice when looking for inspiration and are able to use the multitude of libraries and learning resources for the writing and planning of their potential essays. If students so wish, there is the alternative to write a thesis focusing on the analysis of a particular author or style of writing.

Topics Covered

Following Orientation Week, tutorials at our International Study Centre begin. This phase introduces the student to some of the fundamental areas of Creative Writing and Literature. A variety of core modules will be studied, 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

Example Trip

When it comes to unsurpassable literature, Shakespeare has to be the name on every student’s mind. That is why students on the Creative Writing and Literature course are able to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare himself. Looking around the quaint town provides a fascinating day out, with lots of information about the famous playwright available everywhere for students to learn and take inspiration from, as well as the providing the opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s famous plays.

Why Take The Creative Writing and Literature programme?

The opportunity to write on your own piece of literary work or thesis whilst also being guided with weekly, Oxbridge-style tutorials is a rare one. Students seeking to get ahead of the competition are able to use the Creative Writing and Literature programme as a catalyst to develop into young and successful writers. The combination of taught tuition and career advice with independent writing and academic planning crystallises students’ conceptions of the writing industry and provides a head start when starting out in this highly competitive job market.