Writing, Reading & Journalism

Students at Pembroke have a range of opportunities to get involved in writing, from College and University-wide journalism to creative writing workshops.

Pembroke Writers' Guild

  • Set up in 2016 by members of the JCR and supported by the Pembroke Annual Fund, the Pembroke Writers' Guild is open to all undergraduate and graduate students of the College.

  • The Writers' Guild is a fortnightly workshop for those who enjoy creative writing. Participants are invited to bring fiction or non-fiction pieces they have been working on - poetry, prose, essays, flash-fiction - for the group to relect on, discuss and suggest improvements.

  • Students are also welcome to come along with and get involved with the discussion, even if they do not have examples of their own work to bring.

Oxford University Journalism

  • Students at Pembroke have regularly write for a wide range of Oxford University student publications, including The Oxford Student (OxStu) and The Cherwell.

  • In many cases, these experiences have led to further journalistic opportunities (see our article about Marianna Spring's success with The Moscow Times) and have prepared students for long-term careers in journalism.

The Pink Times

  • Founded in 2015, The Pink Times is a Pembroke College student publication featuring student news, updates, events, competitions and photos.

  • Edited by two current students - one of whom is the JCR Publications rep - The Pink Times is intended to showcase and promote the friendliness and inclusivity of the College community, celebrating the achievements of those at Pembroke.

Middle English Reading Group

  • Pembroke’s MCR run a reading group dedicated to some 400 years of medieval English language and literature.

  • Everyone is welcome, both those well-versed in Middle English and the beginner keen to find out more! They usually meet in the MCR at 5.30pm on Thursdays during term time.