Manchester Writing School

One of the most successful literary centres in the UK, the Manchester Writing School offers a range of degree programmes, short courses and related events. It is home to the country’s largest postgraduate English and Creative Writing community. The Creative Director is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy DBE.

The Writing School is part of the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University and was established in 1998.

The diverse team of staff includes acclaimed writers such as Adam O’Riordan, Andrew Macmillan, Nikolai Duffy, Graham Foster, Catherine Fox, Rachel Genn, Martyn Hampton, Andrew Michael Hurley, Anjum Malik, Joe Stretch, Livi Michael, Michael Symmons Roberts, Jean Sprackland and Helen Mort. Over 75 students and graduates have had work of their own published.

Based in Number 70 Oxford Street, the Manchester Writing School has been involved with a number of events and readings both on-site and in partnership with other venues – the National Creative Writing Graduate Fair in association with Comma Press and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival are just some examples.

The Manchester Writing School hosts a range of outreach opportunities and the internationally-recognised Manchester Writing competition which consists of the Manchester Poetry Prize and Manchester Fiction Prize.