Indulge your love of creative writing and meet accomplished British writers

Studying abroad in Edinburgh at the Scottish Universities' International Summer School (SUISS) is ideal for students with a love for creative writing or a passion for British and Irish literature, or a zest for theater and performance. You will have the opportunity to work with accomplished British writers and study with students from around the world.

The short-term, intensive courses run for two or four weeks and credit can be awarded at either the undergraduate or graduate level. You have the choice of attending one or a combination of these courses:

  • Session One: Literature – Modernism (2 weeks)
  • Session Two: Literature – Scottish Literature (2 weeks)
  • Session Three: Literature – Contemporary Literature (2 weeks)
  • Contemporary British and Irish Theatre and Performance (2 weeks)
  • Creative Writing (4 weeks)

Your literature courses will include an intensive program of lectures and seminars. The Creative Writing course provides workshops and seminars in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama and writing for the screen and writing for children. The Theatre and Performance offers seminars in which you will develop your critical analysis of texts and forms, and apply creative approaches to dramatic texts. The Theatre course also offers masterclasses run by Scottish Playwrights' Studio - Scotland's only dedicated, independent development organization for playwrights.

You can participate in any of the terms independently, or if you are interested in extending your stay, you can participate in more than one literature session or combine the Creative Writing session with Contemporary Literature.

The literature sessions provide an opportunity to hear leading novelists, poets, literary critics, and historians discuss the social, political, historical and theoretical influences that have impacted modern British literature. You’ll be encouraged to freely interact with these distinguished scholars and personalities, sharing your ideas and observations with them and other visiting students.

  • Prominent speakers in the past have included: David Daiches, Cairns Craig, Arthur Marwick, Terry Eagleton, Toril Moi, Christopher Harvie, Samuel Hynes, Bernard Crick, Catherine Belsey, Philip Hobsbaum, Randall Stevenson and Brian McHale.
  • This program takes place at a time when Edinburgh is particularly lively as it coincides with the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe Festival, and the International Book Festival.
  • SUISS also offers an extensive program of cultural and social activities, which include talks on art, film screenings, festival shows, and ceilidh dances, in addition to a series of readings from Scotland’s leading contemporary writers. Previous years' guest authors included David Greig, James Robertson, A.L. Kennedy, Ian Rankin, Liz Lochhead, Douglas Maxwell, and many more.
Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 2016 TBA TBA 2.5-7.5 $3,450 3/31/2016 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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