At the heart of the Manchester Writing School are our master's programmes in Creative Writing, available to study on campus in Manchester and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning.
In our Master of Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work. You will undertake a taught element blending writing workshop with reading units and an elective, and then complete your studies through submission of an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book or script.
You will specialise in one of the following routes: novels (including Short Fiction), Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Scriptwriting (for stage, screen or radio) or Creative Non-Fiction.
The MA is available to complete in one year full-time or two years part-time. The Novel, Poetry and Scriptwriting routes are available to study on campus (full-time or part-time) or online (part-time only). The Writing for Children and Creative Non-Fiction routes are online (part-time) only. We have intakes to the programme in September and January each year.
You can also choose to pursue our MFA Creative Writing master's.
Features and benefits
One of the most successful programmes of its kind in the UK today – with more than 100 students and graduates publishing their first books in the past ten years.
An extensive calendar of events - including The Manchester Children's Book Festival, The National Creative Writing Industry Conference, Manchester Writing Competition Gala, Poetry Festivals, book launches, podcasts, and question and answer sessions with guest writers at Manchester Met and Manchester arts venues.
Industry links - strong links to the publishing industry with visits from major agents, editors and publishers.
Flexible learning - classes for core Workshops and Reading units take place in the evenings (6-8 pm UK time) during the autumn or spring semesters. Full-time students usually have classes two evenings per week, and part-time students one evening per week.
Live online teaching - the course can be completed entirely online, with core Workshop and Reading unit teaching for distance learning students via weekly online classes in Microsoft Teams, and some elective units also available online (availability varies each year).
Option units - all students take 30 credits of optional units and can choose from a range of 15 and 30-credit creative writing units or options from courses across arts and humanities subjects, including English studies and publishing. Option units run in the spring semester; delivery models and schedules vary depending on choice and availability.
An extended piece of writing - all MA students will complete an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book or script, supported by a term of one-to-one supervision.
Gain an MFA – students who successfully complete the MA can continue their studies for an additional year, completing a further 120 credits (which includes writing a full-length book or script) and gaining an MFA.
Academic expertise - taught by high-profile writers and critics including Carol Ann Duffy DBE, Susan Barker, Laura Barnett, Andrew Biswell, Malika Booker, Kirsty Bunting, Sarah Butler, Eleanor Byrne, David Cooper, Nikolai Duffy, Paul Evans, Catherine Fox, Rachel Genn, Chloe Germaine, Blanka Grzegorczyk, Oliver Harris, Andrew Michael Hurley, Sarah Ilott, Rachel Lichtenstein, Anjum Malik, Alistair McDowall, Andrew McMillan, Livi Michael, Helen Mort, Kim Moore, Gregory Norminton, Adam O'Riordan, Minoli Salgado, Michael Symmons Roberts, Monique Roffey, Jean Sprackland, Simon Stephens, Joe Stretch, Alex Wheatle MBE, Julie Wilkinson and Lara Williams.
Visiting Fellows – our course features contributions from our visiting fellows, including Ed Caesar, Mandy Coe, Tim Cresswell, Amanda Dalton, Steve Dearden, Guy Garvey, Colin Harvey, Jennifer Makumbi, Rachel Mann, Shirley May, André Naffis-Sahely, Ra Page, Stephen Raw, David Shook, Hugh Stoddart and Barry Wood.
Home to Manchester Poetry Library - Manchester Poetry Library is the North West's first public poetry library and holds over 10,000 books and recordings that can be explored through the online catalogue, in person and through the annual programme of events.