Creative Writing in Literary London
Experience London through the eyes and pen of a writer. Try out literary techniques and structures to develop your own writing process in different genres. Come home with the skills to create original works.
Credentials for Your Future
Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a Creative Writing Portfolio to showcase your own writing.
Life Skills and New Friendships
Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships from across the U.S.
Hours of Expert Instruction
Weeks Pursuing Your Passion
Welcome to London, the backdrop for innumerable works of fiction.
Walking through the streets, squares, and alleys of London, you’ll transport yourself to the literary works they’ve inspired! From Oliver Twist to Sherlock Holmes, the city’s iconic characters have resonated with audiences all over the world. Represented in fiction as both charming and menacing, London is the most multicultural city in Europe and a cradle of creativity. With a population of over 9 million, hundreds of ethnic groups mingle at every turn. It’s hard to not feel a bolt of inspiration when out for a stroll.
Famous landmarks—like the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace—stand royally across the city. Cruising along the River Thames, take in the lovely views of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Its thriving markets, like the medieval Leadenhall Market, one of your excursions, and pleasant green areas like Kew Gardens lead you into the day-to-day life of Londoners. From its vast number of bookshops, theatres, museums, and art galleries to its innovative street artists and performers, you’ll be amazed by all there is to do!
CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in London.
Weekly Learning Goals
Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!
- Explore London and Victorian Gothic tracing the footsteps of Charles Dickens on a walking tour.
- Hunt for location settings for your own stories visiting the British Museum, Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, the Museum of London Dockland’s Windrush stories, and the Twist Museum.
- Meet for street food at the Borough Market and walk along the South Bank to the Globe Theatre.
- Explore London’s maritime history with a visit to Greenwich, arriving by river boat. Find the Prime Meridian that divides the western and eastern hemispheres at longitude 0° and visit its atmospheric market.
- Enjoy afternoon tea in Oxford. Take overnight trips to Bath, a World Heritage site known for its Roman spa, and to Lacock, an unspoiled medieval village and film site.
Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.
What Students Are Saying
“I met so many friends and extraordinary people that I can’t imagine life without them now. I’ve discovered new things about London and myself. It’s an experience everyone deserves.”
Lizzie R., Global Navigator Alum
“It’s allowed me to see how big our world is. There is so much culture, so many people, and things to try. It’s a time to explore the world as it is.”
Kayla J., Global Navigator Alum
“You make a lot of close friends, go through the thick, the thin, and the fun. Very memorable experiences are made!”
Matthew M., Global Navigator Alum
“It was fun and I learned a lot. I’ll never forget our Oxford trip!”
Isabella R., Global Navigator Alum
Dates & Fees
- Participants must be 14 years old and above.
- Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
- For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page.
For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.
Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.
|Program Summer Session I 2024 3 weeks
|Program Summer Session II 2024 3 weeks
(Dietary Needs Accommodated)
All Ground Transportation
Optional Flight Chaperone
(Flight Cost Not Included)
Pre-departure Advice and Orientation
Access to Local Phone and WIFI
All Cultural Activities and Excursions
Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection
24/7 Emergency On-site Support
Mark Simmons has an M.A. in History from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate degree in Administrative and Information Management from Napier University Edinburgh.