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Manchester Writing: An Evening with James Miller
Thursday 16th November 2017, 7pm, Burgess Foundation. FREE entry.
Our Gregory Norminton hosts an evening with special guest James Miller, who is launching his latest book UnAmerican Activities. These ten inter-locking stories subvert and play homage to American pop culture and genre fiction, exploring conspiracy theories and violence through a series of deranged and desperate narrators. Entry is free, but advanced booking advised to guarantee your seats.
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Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prize Gala 2017
Friday 1st December, 7pm, Chetham’s Baronial Hall. FREE entry.
Join us for the announcement of the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work. After a drinks reception, there’ll be readings from each of the short-listed pieces and summing up from judges Nicholas Royle and Adam O’Riordan before the winners of the £10,000 prizes are announced. Free entry but places are very limited so please book to guarantee admission to this glittering gala event. 
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Manchester Writing: An Evening with Nicholas Rankin
Thursday 7th December 2017, 7pm, Burgess Foundation. FREE entry.
Nicholas Rankin spent 20 years broadcasting for BBC World Service and is the author of Dead Man's Chest, Telegram from Guernica and the bestselling Churchill's Wizards. His latest book, Defending the Rock, sets Gibraltar in the context of the struggle against fascism at the time of the Second World War, chronicling the end of empire and rise to independence of the Gibraltarian people. He’ll be in conversation with Manchester Met’s Professor of Modern Literature, Andrew Biswell – and talking about Anthony Burgess’ links to Gibraltar, too.
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Playwright Simon Stephens joins Manchester Writing School
The Tony Award winning writer – who is our first Professor of Scriptwriting – says: “To commit to rigorous creative work in Manchester at a time when it has just gained UNESCO City of Literature status and has the potential to surpass London as the creative capital of the country is quite thrilling.” Read more about Simon’s appointment – and plans for scriptwriting developments in the School – on the website:

Manchester named as UNESCO City of Literature
Manchester Metropolitan University is part of the city-wide consortium that led the successful bid. Our Carol Ann Duffy said: “We have a proud history of working together to find new voices and support and celebrate new writing. Ours is a city where literature is loved. I’m excited about the opportunities this recognition will bring.” Find out more:

“As a Writer Twitter’s #280characters make me wince”
Most longer tweets could do with a good edit, argues our Catherine Wilcox: “I generally require 100,000 words to express myself fully. But I can categorically say that if I were guaranteed 200,000 words by an indulgent publisher, the resulting novel would not be twice as good.” Read the full piece here:

MFA/MA Creative Writing
Apply now for January 2018 and September 2018 entry
… to the Manchester Writing School’s MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) or MA (Master of Arts) in Creative Writing. Specialist routes in Novel, Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults and Place Writing (Creative Non-fiction) available to study on campus in Manchester or from anywhere in the world via low-res (online) distance learning. Develop your creative and editorial skills under the guidance of practising writers and industry experts, and join the UK’s largest English and Creative Writing postgraduate community – and most successful writing school.
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Short Courses in Creative Writing
Apply now for these 2018 summer courses 
Our summer term short courses are intensive, vocationally-led programmes in specialist writing skills and creative practitioning. Topics include Crime Fiction, Historical Fact to Fiction, Teaching Creative Writing, and Writing About Relationships. There’s also our two-day summer school where you can choose from a suite of sessions in poetry, fiction, children’s writing, and meet current students and staff, for a taste of life in the Manchester Writing School.
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