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Study on our MA Creative Writing master's course and you'll be part of the prestigious Centre for New Writing, where we bring together world-famous writers to teach people how to produce novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, poems and screenplays.
It's a place where talented writers and critics can meet to exchange ideas and opinions. The Centre is founded on the simple but important principle that good writing and good reading go together.
The course will see you study literary technique through reading and discussing the work of other contemporary writers in seminars, and you will have the opportunity to develop your own work via regular workshops and individual tutorials. Writers may choose to work on writing a novel and/or short stories and/or creative non-fiction and/or poems.
You'll benefit from seminars with Jeanette Winterson, workshops in fiction and poetry writing led by published, award-winning writers, and intensive, one-to-one instruction from writers-in-residence.
You will also have access to Literature Live, a fortnightly reading series bringing the best contemporary novelists and poets to Manchester, skills-related sessions delivered by professionals in the publishing industry, and regular visits from literary agents and editors.
We work with talented, committed students - whatever their style or genre - and we pride ourselves on giving students detailed, individual feedback both in writing and face-to-face.
Manchester Literature Festival holds literary events across Manchester throughout the year, many in partnership with the University. The Centre for New Writing also hosts a regular public event series, Literature Live, which brings contemporary novelists and poets to the University to read and engage in conversation.
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As an MA student at the Centre for New Writing, you will get the opportunity to have a piece of fiction or poetry published in The Manchester Anthology when you graduate.
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You will have the opportunity to engage in masterclasses and regular events with world-renowned Professor of Creative Writing, Jeanette Winterson. We also host a series of talks by visiting agents from the publishing industry.
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Teaching and learning
You will learn through a variety of teaching methods depending on the units you choose, including seminars, lectures and independent study.
Please note that both the full and part-time options are taught between 9am to 5pm. We do not offer evening classes.
Coursework and assessment
All writing workshops meet for two to three hours per week, and are worth 30 credits. You will also be offered three individual half-hour tutorials per semester to discuss the progress of your writing. Each workshop is assessed by a portfolio of poetry or fiction.
Seminars meet for three hours per week and are also worth 30 credits. They will usually be assessed by one 6,000-word essay or the equivalent.
Over the summer, you will complete a 'dissertation' of 12,000 to 15,000 words of fiction or 15-20 poems. This is worth 60 credits.
Course unit details
You will undertake units totalling 180 credits. Core units combine to make 120 credits, with the remaining 60 credits allocated to the dissertation.
There are no mandatory units as part of this course. Students are required to choose a combination of workshops and seminars based on their individual focus, either poetry or fiction writing.
You may choose to take two workshops - one in fiction writing and one in poetry - or you may take one workshop and one seminar. Typical seminars will be The Art of Short Fiction and Poetics.
Students wishing to focus on poetry writing will take a poetry workshop and a seminar on Contemporary Poetry.
Students wishing to focus on fiction writing will take a fiction writing workshop and a seminar in Contemporary Fiction.
Your dissertation will comprise 15,000 words of your own fiction writing, or 16 to 25 poems.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
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You will also find independent publishers such as Carcanet Press, Comma Press, Cillian Press and Saraband in Manchester, along with bookshops such as Blackwell's (which is located on campus), Waterstones, Chorlton Bookshop and Chapter 1 Books.
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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.
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South Manchester Writing Workshop
A dynamic "work-in-progress" group focusing on getting published. Members critique and discuss each other's works-in-progress, ranging from novels to poetry and plays. Open to both beginners and experienced writers, the group tackles topics from character development to engaging literary agents, embracing a diverse range of genres.
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Attention all aspiring and established writers! Join us for an all-day immersive creative writing course that will awaken your imagination and help you create, plot and structure compelling stories.
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The course will introduce you to tutors and current students and offer opportunities to develop your own writing – and reading – in a lively and supportive environment. The programme will include a choice of in-person or online masterclass workshops, seminars and talks, delivered by practising writers and critics, with input from special guests.
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The Narrative course covers nonfiction and fiction story writing. Topics include plot development, effective openings, character development, active/passive voice, detailed descriptions, sentence variety, and effective verb use. The aim of the course is to make the students better storytellers, and in so doing also make them more insightful readers.
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Essay and Debate
The Essay and Debate course covers the art of persuasive argument. Students learn how to develop a thesis and how to use evidence to back up their point of view. They will learn how to write effective introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs, and more.
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Manchester Metropolitan was one of the first universities in the UK to teach creative writing and is home to one of the world’s largest and most successful writing schools.
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It helped me find my strengths with my writing. I thought the what I was writing was the key, but through this programme I found out, the why was much more important. And when you get that right, the rest is just easy.
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Write Here… in Manchester
An affordable novel-writing course in manchester – taught by author andrew michael hurley (8 june to 20 july).
Please note: we are currently unable to run our face-to-face novel-writing course in Manchester due to Covid restrictions. But if you would like to take a course with us, please take a look at our online novel-writing course , which costs just £99 for eight weeks.
Write Here… in Manchester is our seven-week creative writing course for those in the Greater Manchester area who want to write – or who are already writing – a novel. Taught by acclaimed author and experienced tutor Andrew Michael Hurley , the course will take place on Monday evenings between 8 June and 20 July – and will feature expert tuition, one-to-one tutorials, dedicated weekly workshops that focus on students’ novels, and a visit from literary agent Sinead Heneghan . The course will be limited to 15 students, who will be selected on the basis of the opening from their novel-in-progress. Please note: this course is open to those who would like to start writing a novel as well as those who are already working on a book.
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Andrew’s debut novel The Loney was originally published by Tartarus Press in 2014 before being picked up by John Murray the following year and republished. It won the Costa First Novel Award 2015 and went on to be named Debut of the Year. Andrew’s second novel, Devil’s Day , was published in 2017 and his third, Starve Acre , was published on 31 October last year, when it was also BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime.
Rufus is the director of Write Here… From 2012 to 2018, he worked at the Curtis Brown literary agency – helping several of the 80-plus students from its writing school who’ve gone on to find book deals and running its digital imprint Studio 28. A former journalist turned editor, he has worked on books as diverse as Alex Gerlis’s bestselling spy novels and Squeeze songwriter Chris Difford’s memoir Some Fantastic Place .
Write Here… in Manchester will take place on Monday evenings in a central Manchester venue – just a few minutes away from Piccadilly station. Author and tutor Andrew Michael Hurley will lead the weekly writing workshops, give each of the 15 students a one-to-one tutorial (to take place before the main session) and teach on subjects essential to writing a novel – such as plot, dialogue, characterisation, etc. The course will be introduced by Write Here… director Rufus Purdy, who will return to Manchester for the final session to lead a group Q&A with literary agent Sinead Heneghan.
What to expect from Write Here… in Manchester
- Weekly writing workshops, led by author and tutor Andrew Michael Hurley, focusing on 3,000-word sections of students’ novels-in-progress. Each student will be workshopped once during the course.
- One 20-minute, one-to-one tutorial with Andrew Michael Hurley. Students will be asked to submit 3,000 words from their novel directly to the tutor, along with any questions about the piece and their novel in general, and these will be discussed in the meeting.
- Weekly teaching sessions on topics essential to the writing of a novel – which will sometimes include writing exercises and homework.
- A 90-minute Q&A session with Write Here… director Rufus Purdy and literary agent Sinead Heneghan, to help students get more of an insight into the publishing industry.
The course details
Monday 8 June Introduction with Andrew Michael Hurley and Rufus Purdy
Monday 15 June Character with Andrew Michael Hurley Writing workshop
Monday 22 June Plotting with Andrew Michael Hurley Writing workshop
Monday 29 June Setting with Andrew Michael Hurley Writing workshop
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Monday 13 July Self-editing with Andrew Michael Hurley Writing workshop
Monday 20 July Q&A with literary agent Sinead Heneghan, led by Rufus Purdy
The course fee of £249 (£199 if you apply by 31 March) is payable in full before the course begins on 8 June.
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Write Here… in Manchester is a selective course – as we believe writers are far more likely to improve and hone their skills when working at a high level in a group of talented writers. If you would like to apply, please fill in the form below and attach (in one Word or pdf document) the opening 1,000–3,000 words of your novel-in-progress as well as a brief description of your novel’s plot. The deadline for applications is at midnight on Monday 1 June – and we will respond to all applicants by Wednesday 3 June. Please note, though we will accept memoirs, autobiography, novels written for children aged 8-12 and Young Adult fiction, we are unable to consider novels written for young children.
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Novels, plays, flash fiction, poetry, spoken word, non-fiction, novellas, street art, comic books – whatever your literary bag, manchester has got you covered..
From supportive short courses for those who are ready to tentatively dip their toes into the world of literature, to creative writing degrees offered by two world-class writing schools, there are opportunities available at every level to develop your practice in Manchester.
If you’re not sure where to start, here’s an overview of what’s on offer…
For those looking for a higher education qualification in their discipline, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English and Creative Writing. In both cases, their academic staff is second to none and you’ll find yourself being taught by some of the most well-known and respected names in the industry, including authors and poets whose books may well already line your shelves.
If you’re not in the market for a degree, then there are plenty of short courses on offer. Manchester Metropolitan University has several of these available, ranging from a scriptwriting masterclass to a course on how to build a children’s story. Away from the city’s academic classrooms, Comma Press offers short story courses and Write Like a Grrrl has options including fiction, poetry and nature-writing.
Tired of writing on your own? We hear you. We know that writing is one of life’s greatest joys – but we also know it can be a lonely pursuit! Fortunately, Manchester has some fantastic groups to help inspire you and ultimately develop your craft. Commonword is a writing development organisation that provides opportunities for new and aspiring writers. It’s home to the well-established Identity group, which takes part in masterclasses, workshops, seminars, and more.
Commonword also hosted Young Identity for six years of its life. Now a charity in its own right, Young Identity delivers poetry and spoken word workshops for young people and helps to develop some of the most exciting new young performers on the scene. The group has worked with big names such as Lemn Sissay and Kae Tempest, as well as performing all over the UK and internationally.
There are also a number of traditional creative writing groups, where writers of all disciplines can meet up on a regular basis to share their work and give each other thoughtful feedback. The Monday Night Group of Writers is one of the city’s most established groups, Manchester Muslim Writers meet once a month and run sessions for poets, novelists, screenplay writers, playwrights and bloggers, and Manchester Women Writers hold their welcoming weekly writing group once a week in City Library.
Spoken word nights
Call us biased but we think Manchester has one of the best spoken word scenes in the country (if not the world!). There is an undeniable feeling that our city is at the cutting edge when it comes to nurturing spoken word talent – and with more than a dozen regular nights taking place across the city, there’s room for everyone to take their place at the mic stand.
Of those 12+ nights, there’s Word Central hosted by Tony Curry and taking place at Manchester Central Library, Verbose Manchester at Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme, That’s What She Said which is deftly compèred by Jane Bradley in Tribeca, and Bad Language which has its home in the Northern Quarter’s Gullivers, and Sayin? Manchester usually based at Niamos in Hulme. Plus loads more! Our event page is a great place to keep up to date and if you’re hosting your own spoken word night, please do add it to our calendar.
Submitting your work to a competition, whether you scoop the first prize or not, can boost your writing. Competitions can push us to hone our work, give us a newfound focus, and add structure to our writing.
Manchester Metropolitan University hosts the annual Manchester Writing Competition, offering prizes for both fiction and poetry. The competitions are open to both new and established writers and there are some significant prizes to be won, with both offering £10,000 to their respective winners.
Poets & Players, who are known for their programming of poets and musicians at the Whitworth Art Gallery, also host a yearly poetry competition, with past judges including Jackie Kay, Pascale Petit, and Jacob Polley. The winner of the competition receives a cash reward and the chance to read their poem at a Poets & Players event.
Although not based in Manchester, New Writing North supports writing and reading in the north of England. The Northern Writers’ Awards were founded in 2000 and invites writers from across the north of England to submit their unpublished work-in-progress for judging. The scope for the awards is broad, so it’s worth checking to see if your chosen practice fits the bill.
Manchester City of Literature regularly posts about upcoming opportunities and competitions, so be sure to keep an eye on our social media feeds for up to date information.
To learn more about what’s happening in the city or to upload your own upcoming workshop, activity or organised event, visit our Events page and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, where we regularly send out opportunities and updates for writers.
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Creative writing is a common definition of fiction writing, in which the author constructs events, situations, characters, and occasionally even a whole new world. Creative writing is a form of writing that goes beyond the traditional methods of normal skilled, academic, or technical forms of writing. It includes a variety of diverse writing techniques like fiction and non-fiction writing, storytelling, playwriting, poetry, journalism, and more. If you are interested to take up creative writing courses in Manchester to skill up yourself, keep reading.
Any form of writing that is original and self-expressive can be termed “creative writing.” It is typically distinguished by its “narrative craft,” which emphasizes components like character development, fiction, and storyline while also infusing its framework with creativity, uniqueness, and tale.
Other forms of writing often provide the reader with facts and information instead of evoking emotional excitement in them; however, creative writing employs senses and emotions to build a vivid vision in the reader’s mind. Creative writing courses in Manchester allow you to escape from reality and enter a world created by your mind.
Writing creatively allows you to communicate your feelings and emotions. Creative writing is the imaginative or artistic use of words to express a feeling or emotion. Rather than being limited to academic or technical subjects, creative writing incorporates features like character development, story, and the poetry of words to share the author’s emotion with the reader. Academic writing is distinct from other forms of writing because the author is not permitted to convey emotion.
Types of Creati ve Writing
When we talk about creative writing, fiction and poetry frequently take center stage. There are many other forms of creative writing that we might examine. The purpose of creative writing is to entertain, not educate. It seeks to elicit a response by arousing feelings.
The act of creating settings, scenarios, characters, and even a setting for a story is commonly referred to as “creative writing.” There are many different types of creative writing, including many genres and styles. Numerous types of creative writing fall into the fiction or non-fiction categories. Among the most well-known are:
1. Essays : Essays are usually linked to academic writing. However, there are many other varieties of essays, such as personal essays, descriptive essays, and persuasive essays, all of which can be highly creative and not particularly academic.
2. Poetry : Poetry is undoubtedly the most artistic form of writing, it’s being widely read but less recognized. Poetry is a category of creative writing that may not frequently appear on bestseller lists, but a writer should not disregard it. Any format can be used to write a poem.
If you’d like, you can even compose them in a certain style of prose. Children adore stories that rhyme, if you want to push your imagination, try to come up with rhyming stories. For fun, you can even create a horror rhyming poem for adults to practice your creative skills. To practice your creative skills, you could even create a horror rhyming poem for adults.
3. Storytelling : The most often used type of creative writing is storytelling. It can be both found in fiction and nonfiction. There are many popular formats for fiction, which are flash fiction, short stories, short novels, and full-length novels. Storytelling is a broadly valuable skill, as it can be found in all forms of writing, from poetry to speech writing.
4. Songs : People may argue that song lyrics are essentially just poetry set to music, yet song lyrics have a particular rhythm that is specific to writing. If you enjoy singing or playing any instrument, think about putting your creative writing talents to use in this type of writing.
5. Scripts : Writing stories for the screenplay format is referred to as script writing or screenwriting. Scriptwriting can be said as the process of recording the facial expressions, movements, and language of the characters in a screenplay. A novel, a poem, or an essay is completely different than script writing. Screenplay or screenwriting is work created by screenwriters for a movie, television show, or video game.
6. Free writing : Free writing is the most creative type of writing. Start writing in a notebook or electronic document. Free writing is a technique used by writers to come up with ideas without being constrained by the conventional format of writing. The top form of creative writing is free writing. Free writing is a completely free style of writing.
7. Letters: Writing letters is a useful skill since being able to communicate effectively is becoming more and more valuable. Nowadays, sending letters to someone is a better way to practice your creative writing skills because our ability to interact with one another depends more and more on the written word. You can even have characters write letters to each other within the background of a story you’re creating.
8. Journals: A journal is a form of writing where you can record your ideas, feelings, and observations. You can write in your journal every day or only when you feel the urge to. Journals are kept by writers as a place to jot down ideas as they come to them, practice writing, and record their thoughts.
A journal and a diary are not nearly the same things. You could keep a notebook for your accomplishments, memories, dreams, or thankfulness. Many authors keep Omni-journals or idea diaries, which are used for everything from daily free writing to project planning and brainstorming.
9. Blogging: The process of blogging involves writing blog posts on the website. Writing, photography, and other forms of self-published web media are referred to as blogging. Blogging initially served as a platform for people to keep diaries in the form of entries, but it has subsequently been incorporated into the websites of many businesses.
10. Speeches: Essays and speeches share many similarities however, the purpose of a speech is typically more persuasive or inspirational. Speech writing can result in exciting job chances in virtually any profession or industry, whether it be persuasive, inspirational, or educational. In this format, there are length restrictions.
Elements Taught in Creative Writing Courses in Manchester
The creative writing courses in Manchester help you to involve yourself in a variety of steps and components that come together to form a result. Creative writing components are used to help express artistic or symbolic meaning. To get a better understanding of creative writing, you have to understand its elements.
Different types of creative writing use different types of elements. These elements can make or break the writing and are an essential aspect. The amount of each element that should be used in creative writing is the most uncertain.
It’s essential to understand how to use the elements when a situation calls for it for educational purposes. However, these elements are essential for creative writing and are utilized universally throughout their forms. Some of the important elements of writing in a creative way are as follows:
Unique plot: There must be an exciting plot in every piece of writing. A plot is a series of events that forms a story in creative writing. An incident that urges the main character to act and start a quest is known as the inciting incident, and it marks the beginning of a plot.
It serves as the writing’s backbone and gives everything else in the piece a framework. A good plot is necessary for a writer’s work to be accepted and successful. The writer should always try to think of something original and unique to engage the interest of the audience.
Characters: The characters of a piece of writing depend on the plot. Characters are individuals who appear in literature or artistic work. The author must convey the character’s growth throughout the writing. This can be accomplished by providing clear details on the changes over time. This is another form of writing that attracts the readers’ attention and keeps them sticking to it.
Dialogue: Dialogue writing is another form of creative writing. It’s a verbal exchange between characters. It refers to the language that characters use to communicate with one another. Figurative language, such as metaphors and phrases, may be used in this, using such an approach creates a better appeal and leaves room for imagination and explanation. A character’s language choice and dialogue can play a significant role in defining who they are as a person.
Point of View: A writer can express their plot from the first, second, or third person’s point of view. This is not fixed; it is chosen by the writer. When writing a story, it’s important to acknowledge who is telling it and to whom.
The use of an appropriate point of view allows the writer to touch on important points in the storyline. A character who is actively participating in the narrative may tell the tale, or it may be seen and heard from the point of view of someone who is not one of the characters but is familiar with them all.
Setting: A setting is the location of a work. It serves as the stage on which the characters are presented. It is also possible to mention the location and time in the story. A setting might be a particular geographic location, a period in history, or a made-up place or world.
The setting reveals more about the characters than the setting itself. While some fiction settings might be set in New York City while others might be set in the Sahara desert, both stories have specific settings that help create an atmosphere or the authors’ ideas. Other setting possibilities include the present or an unspecified time and location, like the future.
Scene: A scene may be said to be a dramatic section in a story within a specific time and place. A scene happens as part of a bigger story. Stories are constructed from scenes. Most stories are made of a series of scenes that differ in setting and advance the plot. A short story is made up of a single scene. Good scenes have conflict and tension and advance the story.
Style: A writing style is an author’s uncommon way of communicating with words. An author’s voice or personality and general tone help to define their style of writing. A writer’s style can depend on the type of writing they’re doing and their target audience. For example, an author of a children’s book will have a very different writing style than a novelist.
Theme: A theme is the central idea of a work of literature or art. A story’s theme is a big philosophical idea the author wants to convey in his writing. It is an underlying emotion that unites the entire work and ties its various components together. The theme of a subject could be moralistic, or it might just be that beauty needs to be conserved by doing something.
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Techniques Taught in Creative Writing Courses in Manchester
In creative writing, we learn how to describe a scene in a way that will fascinate the reader and make them feel like they are a part of the story. Like elements, creative writing techniques are not global. They are unique to each author and story. When drafting a scene from your tale, various methods can be employed.
Writers often use a variety of literary methods and creative writing strategies to make their writing stand out. Any writer who wants to stand out from the crowd and elevate their writing can use these ways to do so. Here are some incredible methods and advice that will improve your writing experience overall.
Reading Books: When a writer develops the habit of reading frequently, it broadens their perspective and satisfies their mind with a variety of ideas, styles, and ways of presenting any given circumstance. If you want to become a good writer, reading a lot will help you master your craft. The books that aspiring writers read are very valuable for them. The purpose of reading to write will be determined by your goal as a writer.
Plot Development: Plot development is the story of your piece of writing – how it develops, unfolds, and moves along with time. It is best to create a plot for the piece of material that is being written. While including plot twists and turns, it is possible to take note of the various developments and stages for future reference. This can help in giving the work structure and establishing a bond between the characters.
Write a Strong Opening: Story hooks are frequently mentioned in creative writing strategies. You must indeed grab the reader’s interest. However, a hook doesn’t always have to be large. The reader only needs to be intrigued to continue reading. In this style of writing, the writer uses language that tells the story to the reader as though they were in the audience. As a writer, you must adopt the role of one of the characters and tell the entire story from their viewpoint.
Dialogue: Refers to the language and interactions that the characters have with one another. This is an important component of creative writing since it gives the work an emotional feeling and can bind characters together. Including characters, dialogue can help the readers connect with the characters and move the plot forward without relying exclusively on the narrator. A character’s language choices and dialogue can play a significant role in defining who they are as a person.
Twists in the plot: Great creative writing techniques include using suspense and twists in the plot to keep the reader’s interest. A plot twist is an event in a story that deviates from both the readers’ and the story’s expectations. Twists and suspense in creative writing can come in the form of conflict between characters or hurdles in the plot. To keep readers interested in the plot as they wait for this conflict to be resolved, writers add twists.
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Colleges Providing Creative Writing Courses in Manchester
1. iim skills.
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The professors at IIM SKILLS are the primary factor in its ranking as the finest online creative writing program. The instructors of this top-rated online creative writing courses in Manchester are pros who have been working in the field for more than ten years. The online Content Writing Course offered by IIM SKILLS can teach you all the skills needed.
- Introduction to Content Writing
- Script and Sketch Writer
- Web Development
- Keyword Research
2. Manchester 1824 (The University of Manchester)
Manchester 1824 provides an MA in creative writing. Leading authors and poets will be providing specialized instruction throughout this one-year postgraduate course. In the MA Creative Writing master’s course, you’ll be part of the prestigious Center for New Writing, where you will be taught by world-famous writers.
They will teach you how to produce novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, poems, and screenplays. The creative writing courses in Manchester are a place where you will get to meet talented writers and critics and exchange ideas and opinions. The Center is based on the simple but important tenet that good writing and reading go hand in hand.
The creative writing courses in Manchester will see you study literary techniques via reading and discussing the work of other contemporary writers through seminars, and you will have the opportunity to develop your work through regular workshops and individual tutorials.
List of Courses
- Forms of writing I
- Contemporary Fiction
- Anthologizing modern and contemporary poetry
- Workshop in fiction writing I
- Workshop in fiction writing II
- Reading poems: lyric and the Anthropocene
- Writing poems I
- Writing poems II
- Creative non-fiction workshop
- Trans theory
3. Manchester Metropolitan University
The creative writing courses at Manchester Metropolitan University provide a BA (Hons) in creative writing. The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the most successful literary centers in the UK and is home to the country’s largest postgraduate English and creative writing community.
You are taught by a team of distinguished practicing writers and critics. They also host some high-profile visiting fellows who contribute to Manchester’s writing school teaching, projects, and public events. Around 100 of their students and graduates have embarked on publishing careers, launching their first book, with many more achieving publication in journals and magazines.
They are also winning writing awards and prizes and setting up small presses and anthologies. The college also plays a leading role in establishing Manchester as a city of writers, with a commitment to finding various new voices and creating opportunities for writer development, enabling new scripting, and building audiences for the next generation of talent.
- Single Honours English degree
- Single Honours Creative Writing degree
- Degrees in English and American Literature
- English and Creative Writing
- English and Film
- English and Multimedia Journalism
- Film and Media Studies
- English Degrees with Foundation Year
4. The Writers Bureau
Creative writing courses in Manchester are the most fulfilling and engaging pastimes. You can also earn a full-time income from your writing if you want to. The writer’s bureau’s creative writing courses will show you how all their writing courses are perfect for beginners.
The course does not require any prior experience or special education. You can earn at the same time while learning. You can study from any location. Their quality of tuition is the same with every course. You will also be working with the same tutor throughout the course.
- Comprehensive creative writing course
- Proofreading and copy editing course
- The complete copywriter course
- Writing for children course
- Novel & short story writing course
- Non-fiction writing course
- Fiction writing course
- Article writing course etc.
Frequently Asked Questions About Creative writing courses in Manchester
1. what are some examples of creative writing.
It’s a form of writing that goes beyond the conventional boundaries of formal and technical writing. Fiction writing is one kind of creative writing. Traditional novels, short tales, and graphic novels are all examples of fiction writing. Fiction is a story that is not true by definition, but it can be realistic and contain real locations and facts.
2. What is the purpose of creative writing?
Creative writing is the process of telling an interesting or entertaining story using written language that will engage, motivate, and excite the reader while arousing emotional feelings. Its goal is to meaningfully and gracefully educate, amuse, or instruct the reader in a way that they will appreciate.
3. Where can I take creative writing courses in Manchester?
Hundreds of students from around the world come to study creative writing courses in Manchester. You can either go in-person to the institute or opt for an online course from anywhere else in the world. The creative writing courses in Manchester give you the chance to be a part of one of the prestigious centers for new writing available there. The colleges bring world-famous writers to teach their students how to write novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, poems, and screenplays.
4. What are the forms of creative writing?
Fiction, journals, poetry, short stories, essays, and scriptwriting are forms of creative writing. Scriptwriting is sometimes called screenwriting or playwriting. Creative nonfiction can take several forms, such as memoirs and personal essays.
Conclusion On Creative Writing Courses in Manchester
Creative writing may be said to be an art form of literature. Which requires you to use your creativity, imagination, and story to portray a specific message, emotion, or plot. It goes against the traditional limitations of other forms of writing and is completely subjective to our preferences and experiences. The created content engages the audience and persuades them to execute an action, whether it be subscribing, clicking a link, liking a post, sharing, or commenting. For creative writers, this is a great chance.
If you want to start creative writing, it’s important to completely immerse yourself in the world of literature. You should read and write as much as you can, and workshop you’re writing whenever possible. Creative writing courses in Manchester are a great way to meet other like-minded students, share knowledge and feedback, and upskill yourself.
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