Non-Degree / Dates: 17-24 July 2019


This course will help you get started as a writer, or develop as a writer, by enabling you to improve your existing skills and cultivate your imagination. It will guide you through the process of writing, from brainstorming to writing to revising. Creative Writing in English course is led by acclaimed authors also experienced in teaching. In previous years, the course has been taught by Peter Robinson, Philip Gross, Kathy Page, Rory McLean, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Giles Foden, Philip Langeskov, Peter Salmon and Eric Langley.

In the summer of 2019, Margie Orford will conduct an eight day writing and story-telling workshop. This will give the participants the foundational tools needed for writing prose –  fiction (novels and short stories), narrative non-fiction, reportage, memoir, and biography. You will explore the basics needed to conceptualise and outline your project, to create characters with depth and integrity, to write convincing dialogue, to create setting – both time and place. The programme will allow for plenty of time for your own writing, for useful ways of assessing your own material and learning from the work of other participants. In addition you will have guided reading and hands-on teaching so that at the end of the course you will have the outline of a way forward, some written material and a writer’s toolkit that will act as a guide and companion in future writing endeavours.

Why this course?

  • Enhance creative thought – it will prove useful in any area of expertise, whether humanities, natural sciences or economy.

  • Experience working in a group – share your writing in progress, learn to receive and provide feedback.


Margie Orford is an internationally acclaimed writer. Her Clare Hart novels – a literary crime fiction series that explores violence and its effects in South Africa – are published in the USA and the UK and have been widely translated into more than ten languages. They include Like Clockwork (2006), Blood Rose (2007), Gallows Hill (2009), Daddy’s Girl (2011), and Water Music (2013). They have led to her being described by The Weekender as the ‘queen of South African crime-thriller writers.’ She is also an award-winning journalist who writes for papers in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Apart from her fiction, she writes regularly about crime, gender violence, politics and freedom of expression, and literature. She has written a number of children’s books and several works of non-fiction on subjects ranging from climate change to rural development. She was born in London to South African parents but grew up in Namibia and South Africa where she was educated at the University of Cape Town. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has a Masters in Comparative Literature from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She was the John Tilney Writer in Residence at the University of York in 2015 and is a Civitella Ranieri Fellow. She is an Honorary Fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and a judge of the 2019 Caine Prize for African Literature.


This summer course is suitable for all people who are interested in creative writing. During the course you will be expected to attend workshops and seminars, submit your work for peer review and create a portfolio of your own writing. The expected English language proficiency is C1 or equivalent (advanced proficiency).
The course is limited to 16 participants.

Credit points

Upon full participation and the completion of the course, the students will be awarded 3 ECTS points.

Course fee

Student DiscountNon-Student
Early-Bird Course Fee (until March 31, 2019)300€350€
Regular Course Fee (after March 31, 2019)350€400€

Accommodation and meals are not included in the the price.