Creative Writing in Cambridge

The Pembroke College-National Academy of Writing Summer Programme

The 2014 Creative Writing Summer Programme is now full and applications closed. Details of the 2015 programme will be available in September

A three week programme (27 July – 15 August) with an optional fourth week (15-22 August) 2014

In collaboration with the National Academy of Writing, Pembroke offers a unique opportunity for those with a commitment to developing their writing to meet and work with leading practitioners, over three or four intense weeks, in the delightful setting of one of Cambridge’s oldest and most forward-looking Colleges.

Led by the National Academy of Writing’s Director Richard Beard and the novelist, narrative non-fiction writer and poet Kapka Kassabova, the programme will explore aspects of effective narrative writing, from the generation of ideas to methodologies for editing. It is designed for those with at least some, and possibly quite an extensive, background in creative writing who are looking for inspiration from a course which is above all about the practice and art of writing.

An optional fourth week is available for those wishing to have a longer experience, with a view to producing an extended piece of guided writing, and may particularly appeal to students wishing to gain academic credit at their home universities for the work done in Cambridge.

To learn more about the programme visit the links on the sidebar, download the 2014 Creative Writing in Cambridge e-flyer, read the official Creative Writing in Cambridge blog, or view interviews with 2013 participants Eric, KatherineTom and Victor.

The National Academy of Writing is delighted to be working with Pembroke College to design and deliver a Creative Writing course that involves so many distinguished practitioners. The aim of the course is to provide a rigorous and wide-ranging approach to ways in which writers can improve their craft, with the expertise of the Academy applied within the wonderful Pembroke setting. I’m confident that no other summer course offers such a winning combination.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Richard Beard