Writing in Oxford

Writing in Oxford

Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and more…

This course is ideal for: Lovers of literature and English summers

You will:
Spend a week in Britain’s Cotswolds
Learn directly from author Kate Forsyth
Explore the magic and history of the region






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(7 nights)
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Birthplace of literature...

  • Discover the magic in your story in daily writing lessons with best-selling author Kate Forsyth.
  • Soak up the atmosphere in the local pubs of Oxford, where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien regularly met and shared their ideas.
  • Visit the prestigious Oxford University, home of countless museums and galleries, ancient colleges, and … Hogwarts Library! (Otherwise known as the Bodleian Library).
  • Immerse yourself in the area’s history and wander the pre-historic ruins of the Avebury stone circles, a sacred site to ancient and modern pagans alike.
  • Explore the neo-gothic home of novelist Graham Greene in the  historic market town of Chipping Camden.
  • Be inspired by the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, one of England’s most picturesque tourist destinations.

A literary tour

Join author Kate Forsyth for a week in a beautiful village in the Cotswolds, England, and a writing retreat to inspire and motivate you. If you’re writing fiction and want to explore history and mythology, or instil a little magic and wonder in your writing, then you’ll love this unique experience. Spend your mornings discovering the art and craft of writing novels that draw upon all the magic and mystery of the past. Spend your afternoons exploring one of Britain’s most beautiful (and literary) landscapes.

Explore Oxford, the “city of dreaming spires” and Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the Bodleian Library, which featured in the famous Harry Potter films. Wander through some of England’s most beautiful gardens, and have a restorative ale in the pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien first shared their enchanted worlds. Be inspired by the romantic setting of castles and yew mazes, mysterious circles of standing stones, and haunted manor halls.

Staying in beautiful accommodation in a classic English village, you will write every day and there will be plenty of free time for you to dream and imagine and ponder and play.

In the afternoons you will be able to write in the solitude and quiet of your own room, or you can potter around Broadway alone. You could also join the others in the group to discover the most fascinating historical and literary sites that Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds have to offer.

The writing course

Stories set in the past can take your readers into another world. But what tools and techniques can you use to capture their imagination?

Many writers have leapt into the bestseller lists with their cross-genre tales of history, mystery, romance and magic. These include authors such as Philippa Gregory, Diana Gabaldon, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Joanne Harris and Kate Mosse. They write stories that stir the imagination, touch the heart, and keep readers turning the page long into the night.

Each genre of fiction has its own conventions and characteristics, which can sometimes seem like unbreakable rules. By combining different elements of different genres, however, the writer can create ground-breaking novels of great freshness and originality.

Whether you are writing a medieval supernatural thriller, or a time travel romance, or exploring the cobwebby corners of forgotten history and mythology … you’ll discover a whole new world of writing in this course.

Broadway – jewel of the Cotswolds

You will be staying in the village of Broadway, nestled beneath the Worcestershire hills of the Cotswolds and one of England’s most popular and diverse villages. Visitors are drawn to the historical and natural beauty of this quintessential English village.

It is a bright engaging place with a superb range of shopping opportunities and it is also steeped in history with origins dating back to Roman times. In the 1600s it was a major stop for the stage coaches that travelled between Worcester and London, which often stopped at the world-renowned Lygon Arms – still a famous hotel today.

Over centuries it has been a creative and artistic hub that has attracted esteemed writers and artists. The beauty of the village is growing with age. The artistic influence remains today and Broadway is home to a variety of top class Cotswold galleries, providing a broad range of works of art.

There will be many opportunities to explore other parts of the Cotswolds and surrounding area. Stratford-On-Avon, Cheltenham Spa and Worcester are all within easy access. Local produce and good restaurants make Broadway a wonderful place to eat and drink.

Please note that these overseas tours are run by Bookshop Travel. You can make inquiries with [email protected]


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