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Centre for New Writing

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About

Championing contemporary fiction, poetry and creative writing since 2007.

The Centre for New Writing teaches people how to write novels, short stories, poems and screenplays. We help students read as a writer reads, offer seminars on form and theory, and on contemporary publishing. 

With our help, undergraduates can find a fresh, clear voice and an understanding of structure. MA students can hone their skills to the point of submission for publication or of producing professional work for television and film. And PhD students can combine a substantial piece of creative work with critical research in such a way that they can be considered for teaching or academic posts in addition to producing a substantial creative work. 

We work with talented, committed students whatever the style or genre. The question we ask: Does this work in its own terms? How might it work better?

We pride ourselves on giving students detailed individual feedback to students in writing and face-to-face and bring the biggest names in fiction to teach our students. Our teaching staff includes established, award winning writers such as Booker-shortlisted M J Hyland, Vona Groarke, Geoff Ryman and Kaye Mitchell.

Instruction in workshops is practical, hands-on and based on the tutor’s experience as a working novelist, poet or industry professional. Our seminars such as Narratology and Contemporary Poetry encourage students to develop their skills as readers and critics and an understanding of the contemporary literary landscape.

In 2006-2007 Martin Amis joined as Iconic Professor of Creative Writing. Colm Toibin took that role for 2011-2012. Since 2013, Jeanette Winterson has filled that role. We have recently been joined by Emma Clarke and Tim Price in our new screenwriting modules. 

We also publish online for The Manchester Review, which highlights the best of international writing, publishing both well-known, established writers and new, relatively unknown poets and prose-writers.