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Russell Group first as the University of Manchester offers new MA Screenwriting course

Time Price
Screenwriter and playwright, Tim Price, joins the Centre for New Writing in 2015 to teach on the new Screenwriting MA. His television credits include Switch, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Eastenders

The University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new postgraduate course, designed to equip emerging screenwriting talent with the practical skills required to succeed in the UK film and television industry.

The MA Screenwriting course will admit no more than 12 students per year. Students will be taught through a rigorous combination of workshops, seminars, and one-to-one meetings with tutors and visiting professionals. Successful applicants will also have the chance to gain hands-on industry experience through structured internship programmes with leading production companies including Red Productions (Last Tango in Halifax,Queer as Folk), Hammer Films (The Woman in BlackLet Me In) and BBC Films (Billy ElliotPhilomena).

The new Master's degree is the brainchild of Professor of Creative Writing and celebrated author Jeanette Winterson and Professor Tanya Seghatchian - a leading UK film producer and former Head of Development and Film Funds for the UK Film Council whose credits include the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series. It is the first programme of its kind offered by a Russell Group university and has attracted an enviable list of experienced writers and producers to the advisory board, including Russell T Davies, Tony Garnett, Abi Morgan and Andrew Eaton.

Influential advisory board

Speaking about the launch of the new Manchester-based programme, Russell T Davies, Advisory Board Member said: 

Manchester taught me how to write. These streets rattle with stories and songs and dark, brilliant jokes. I came here, at the age of 24, determined to meet writers, and to learn from them. And that’s never stopped!

Advisory Board Member, Abi Morgan said:

They say you can't teach writing. But every writer needs space to write. The courses I have done have given me the time and affirmation I need to call myself a writer. The rest, as Hemingway said, is 'to sit down at a typewriter and bleed'. I can't think of a better place to do it than in Manchester - which has produced some of the great writers of our time: Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Burgess, Shelagh Delaney, Robert Bolt, Jeanette Winterson, Russell T Davies, Jack Rosenthal, Paul Abbot to name but a few.

Teaching staff

The Centre for New Writing has appointed two new members of teaching staff - both joining in 2015 - with professional expertise in screenwriting.

  • Emma Clarke is a Senior Executive who has personally overseen the development and production of over 30 award winning feature films and documentaries, working both in the US and UK.
  • Tim Price, a screenwriter and playwright nominated for Bafta Cymru best screenwriter, and winner of Best drama at Celtic Film and TV Festival 2009. You can view Emma and Tim's full biographies on the Centre for New Writing site by clicking on their images on the right.

Find out more

The MA Screenwriting course is now open for applications. To find out more, including how to apply and available funding opportunities, visit the course webpage and register for our Postgraduate taught course open day.