NAW at St Hilda's, Oxford, 25 July - 19 August 2016

Wednesday, 09 December 2015

  • In July and August 2016 NAW is running a new course in the beautiful and inspiring surroundings of St Hilda's College Oxford. The 2016 St Hilda's College - National Academy of Writing Summer Programme is a four-week residential experience that builds on the successful programme that began in 2013 at Pembroke College, Cambridge. 

    The Summer Programme combines the most effective features of National Academy of Writing and Oxford University teaching. The course will be led by the National Academy of Writing’s Director Richard Beard and by award-winning novelist Kerry Hudson, and is above all about the practice and techniques of writing.
    The intensive combination of lectures, supervisions and seminars emulates an Oxford term, with the difference that every class is given by a working writer - the programme concentrates on the practical challenges of creating compelling writing, whatever the approach or genre.

    This year the invitational lectures will be given by a range of internationally prize-winning novelists and writers, including Sophie Hannah, best-selling heir to Agatha Christie, Deborah Moggach, novelist and screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice, A.L.Kennedy, winner of the overall Costa Book of the Year Award and Liz Jensen, nominated three times for the Orange Prize. 

    Tutorials are at the heart of the Oxford University teaching and learning experience. Small groups of students meet with an expert in the field – the tutor – to review and progress their work. Throughout the four-week course students will submit pieces of writing and the supervisor will facilitate a constructive discussion of the work.

    The NAW supervisors this year, and their most recent novels, are Francesca Brill (The Harbour, 2013), Jonathan Gibbs (Randall, 2014), Nicholas Hogg (Tokyo, 2015) and Christie Watson (Where Women Are Kings, 2014)
  • St Hilda's College is now accepting application and enquiries