Creative Writing in the Land of Lochs & Legends EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Edinburgh, Scotland

Creative Writing in the Land of Lochs & Legends

Arts & Culture



3 weeks



Extended Deadline

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3 weeks



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Program Overview
Craft your own narratives against the backdrop of ancient castles, winding lanes, and spectacular landscapes. 

Grasp the depth and breadth of Scottish literature in Edinburgh, the birthplace of Arthur Connan Doyle and Iain Banks. Through expert-led workshops, immerse yourself in gothic narratives, crime tales, and mythological legends and develop storytelling tools and techniques. Go beyond merely reading and analyzing text and craft your own stories, recording audio renditions of your unique tales alongside other Global Navigators! 

Meet writers, poets, and performers during oral storytelling evenings. Rediscover The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and wander through the Royal Mile, where the early Harry Potter drafts were penned. Add your own voice to Scotland’s illustrious literary tradition. 

When not busy writing, take a dip at the beach, kayak along the Union Canal, and discuss your favorite novels with local teens. On excursions, visit Stirling Castle and the Kelpies, and venture into the Scottish Highlands—keep an eye out for the legendary Loch Ness Monster! Witness firsthand how literature encapsulates the essence and nuances of its surroundings, capturing national identity, age-old myths, tradition, and modernity.

The Take-Aways

Real-world Experience

Experience Edinburgh through the eyes of a writer and oral storyteller. Try out literary techniques and structures to develop your own writing process. Come home with the skills to create original works.

Credentials For Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, your own audio renditions of your written tales to showcase both your oral storytelling skills and your Scottish literature literacy.

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


Life-changing Experience

The Destination
  • Creative Writing in the Land of Lochs & Legends EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
  • Creative Writing in the Land of Lochs & Legends EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
  • Creative Writing in the Land of Lochs & Legends EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

The Destination

Welcome to Edinburgh, a city that’s inspired countless scribes and storytellers for centuries.  

Edinburgh, the magical capital of Scotland is also known as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature—both for its literary history and its ongoing efforts to promote literature through tours, festivals, and events. There are many literary treasures in the city’s streets, including the world’s second largest monument to a writer, the Scott Monument, dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, and Greyfriars Kirk, a 17th-century church and graveyard whose tombstones inspired the names of Hogwarts's witches & wizards. 

Explore Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthur’s Seat, and more. Find museums and shops (including kilt makers) nestled in centuries-old stone buildings. Edinburgh truly comes to life in the summer when the city is busy with preparations for the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Fringe Festival. Soak up the buzzing atmosphere, admire the green rolling hills, and stop to taste delicious desserts at restaurants and cafés, like Scottish shortbread and cranachan

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the hostel/hotel

  • Hands-on classes with expert instructors and professional writers 

  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators    

  • Out and about for a cultural activity or workshop    

  • Dinner at the hostel/hotel


  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites   

  • Quality time with friends  


Hostel/hotel, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff


Sample Activities

Creative Writing in the Land of Lochs & Legends EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Try out zip-lining, climbing, and obstacle courses amidst beautiful natural surroundings at one of Edinburgh’s many outdoor adventure parks.

  • Wander through the city's haunted locations on interactive ghost tours, igniting your imagination with tales of the supernatural! 

  • Take a day trip to the Scottish Highlands, exploring the landscapes that have inspired countless tales, and culminating in a Nessie-spotting adventure at the Loch Ness. 

  • Attend an oral storytelling event, revel in the magic of stories told aloud, focusing on pacing, voice modulation, and the art of holding an audience. 

  • Get your dancing shoes on and take part in a ceilidh (a traditional Scottish social event with folk music, singing, and more) while trying out the country’s most famous dishes—haggis, neeps, and tatties. 

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.   

Dates & Fees

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.

Application Fee


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. 

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Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I 2024 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,450
Program Summer Session II 2024 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,450

What's Included

Interactive Classes


3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

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

Our Staff

Our Staff

Jacqui Bassett

Center Director

Jacqui is a born and bred Scot from Edinburgh. She has a postgraduate MSc in International Development from the University of Edinburgh and a degree in Psychology from the University...

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