Study Creative Writing with the Manchester Writing School
The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met offers a range of ambitious and flexible programmes of study: write a book on our globally recognised Masters programmes – in Manchester or from anywhere in the world via online distance learning; study specialist subjects on our intensive short courses with accreditation for CPD; undertake a substantial research project with a PhD – all under the guidance of practising authors, critics and industry experts.
Our Masters programmes in Creative Writing are the most successful writing courses available in the UK today in terms of students and graduates achieving publication.
At the heart of the Manchester Writing School are our Masters programmes in Creative Writing, available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning. You will specialise in one of the following routes: Novel, Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults or Place Writing. The course is taught by practising writers and critics and can be studied on our Manchester campus or online via distance learning. From September 2016 onwards, we offer two levels of Masters study Masters of Arts (MA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA).
On our Master of Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practise techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work. MA students undertake a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units and an elective, and then complete their studies through submission of an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book. The MA is available to complete in one year full-time, or two years part-time/online.
On our Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme, students undertake all of the elements of our MA Creative Writing programme (a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units, an elective, and a dissertation), then take an additional unit about the publishing industry and submit a full-length manuscript: a completed novel, poetry collection, book for children or young adults, or book about place. The MFA is available to complete over two years full-time or three years part-time/online.
While giving our students a solid grounding in the traditional core of the subject, our BA courses, taught by leading academics and creative writers, adopt a modern and innovative approach to the study of English.
We believe that skilful writers must also be well-developed readers, and so undergraduate Creative Writing at our Manchester campus is taught alongside English as part of a joint degree. Our BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing course enables students to study and practise creative writing while taking a range of option choices from the English BA and those covering American literature, film, television and cultural studies.
You will explore genres and understand these in terms of their formal and thematic properties as well as the relationship between poetry, prose and drama and other forms of fiction. You will also have the opportunity to consider the reasons why writers make generic and formal choices, and in your own creative writing, you are encouraged to experiment in genres and forms, engaging critically with issues raised by each. In year three of the course you will write a long creative project of your choice under the supervision of a practising writer.
Alongside our full degree programmes, we offer a range of stand-alone short courses. Available to study as discrete, one-off units, many of these courses also provide the option to accrue credits towards a postgraduate qualification in either Creative Writing or English Studies.
Encompassing a range of critical and creative subjects, short courses in English and Creative Writing at Manchester Met are delivered by a team of fully research-active staff, widely-published writers and visiting industry experts. Our short courses are suitable for those wanting to undertake bite-sized chunks of postgraduate study, or for curious and open-minded readers and writers who wish to expand their knowledge of our specialist subjects and stretch their skills.
Many of our short courses can be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units, with assessed work submitted for formal accreditation. These CPD courses deliver a range of skills and development opportunities to teachers, lecturers and other arts and education professionals who find our courses useful as sources of insight, new ideas and practical tips from experts in the field.
Those wishing to progress to full Masters study can apply to bring short course credits into our MFA/MA in Creative Writing or our MA in English Studies.