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We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

The Young Writer Summer Experience

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Writer Summer Experience

Overview

This Summer Experience will not be running in Summer 2023. For similar career experience in this field, please take a look at our Young Journalist Summer Experience Here

The Young Writer Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a fully-immersive experience of working as a writer in London.

Over the course of 15 days, students will have some of the most exclusive experiences of writing that one can imagine: visit a top publishing house and present your work to literary professionals, step into the shoes of a freelance writer and premier your collection at The British Library.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful writer.

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Immersive Writing Experiences:
  • Premiere your original writing collection at an exclusive book launch, held in one of London literary venues: The British Library.
  • Visit a leading publishing house and present your original manuscript to a panel of literary professionals and for their feedback.
  • Sell your story: pitch your book to publicity officers and sales & marketing representatives.
  • Become a freelance writer: develop the central concept, plot-points, scripts and storylines to be used in a popular book.
  • Step into the shoes of a Journalist, write newsworthy headlines, and filter through fake news to differentiate fact from fiction.
  • Attend a private networking event with literary professionals in publishing, creative writing, editing, reviewing and marketing.
Meet Senior Writers:
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences by writers and literary professionals specialising in publishing, creative writing, editing, reviewing and more.
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career.
Career Coaching:
  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in writing.
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more.
  • World-class professional development training: dedicated coaching on all the soft skills you need to become a top writer: leadership, teamwork, communication, time management, public speaking, negotiation and more.
Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:
  • Attending the experience demonstrates that you have gained skills such which are highly-valued by top universities.
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications applications.
World-Class Universities And World-Class People:
  • Experience one of the best universities on the planet:  University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the Summer Experience, creating an invaluable lifetime network.
Design Your Own Summer Experience:
  • Select your preferred length of experience. You can choose to attend for:

      1.  days 1-15 (the full experience); or

      2.  days 1-10 only; or

      3.  days 1-5 only

  • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout

Immersive Experiences Days 1-5

Finding Your Inspiration

  • Discover the literary world and its many opportunities
  • Get invaluable insights from professional writers on every stage of the writing process
  • Learn how to conquer the blank page with tips and tricks from experts
  • Write a series of fictional paragraphs from a set of creative prompts
  • Present your work to the rest of your group, take their comments on board and re-write your work

Writing for Writers

  • Use your understanding of existing fiction to develop your own piece of writing
  • Discover the common techniques and plot points deployed by the world’s most successful short story writers
  • Organise your ideas, find your audience and experiment with different stylistic decisions
  • Work independently to produce your final piece, with a team of professional writers on-hand
  • Have industry professionals critique your work
  • Ask questions at a live panel Q&A with professional writers from a range of backgrounds

Storytelling, Interrupted

  • Discover the different forms of storytelling: novels, short stories, poems, film, television, oral histories, theatre, slam poetry and more
  • Experiment with how your favourite stories transform when you change perspective, play with chronology and experiment with narrative
  • Present an outline of your reconstructed stories to our team of professional writers
  • Engage in an exclusive bookbinding masterclass

Entering the Publishing House

  • Visit the headquarters of a publishing house and learn first-hand how it has consistently managed to spot ‘the next big thing’ in fiction
  • Explore the differences between fiction, non-fiction and academic publishing houses
  • Attend an exclusive insider talk with representatives from some of the UK’s most renowned literary agencies
  • Investigate the key players in contemporary publishing
  • Get exclusive advice on how to get published: pitching your work, finding an agent and securing a publisher
  • Put your book proposal to the test and discover how publishers spot value in a commissioned manuscript

Places are highly limited and we are now over 50% full for this experience.

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The programme starts on 28th July 2023. You can choose to attend for either days 1-5, days 1-10 or days 1-15; and either with or without accommodation. Pricing for all options is set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place. Alternatively, if you wish to pay via invoice/instalments, please complete this form and a member of our team will reach out to you.

London 5-Day London 10-Day London 15-Day
Length Days 1-5 Days 1-10 Days 1-15
Create your own piece of extended writing with guidance from professional writers on every stage of the process. Visit a leading publishing house and get exclusive advice on how to get published. Learn how to pitch and market your book.
Collaborate to develop a pilot script, receive valuable feedback from industry professionals. Visit the offices of one of UK’s leading voices in investigative journalism. Premier your work at a book launch at The British Library.
Private networking session with top writers
World-class professional development training: 5 days of coaching on all the skills you need to become a top writer
Summer Experience fee £1475 £2850 £3950
Optional fee for University of London accommodation (private single rooms) with all meals and guardianship included Available for an additional
£990
Available for an additional
£1815
Available for an additional
£2640
Optional fee for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way) Available for an additional
£150
Available for an additional
£150
Available for an additional
£150

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 28th July 2023

Venues:

  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at info@investin.org and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at info@investin.org.
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
We offer payment plans for our Summer Experiences, allowing you to pay in instalments. A 50% deposit is required to reserve your place. To arrange your personalised plan contact us at info@investin.org.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
On the mornings of day 6 and day 11 you will have rest time to allow you to recharge for the next period of your programme. You will also have time in the evenings and during your lunch break to relax and socialise with the other students on the experience.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US

Covid-19

There are no travel restrictions in place in order to enter the UK; you are not required to test or to provide proof of vaccination status, so you can book your programme place with confidence.

 

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