Why study here?

The Centre for New Writing is a dedicated contemporary writing hub within The University of Manchester's English and American Studies subject area, in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. It offers you specialised teaching and supervision, world-class resources, an internationally recognised teaching staff, a strong interdisciplinary orientation and a stimulating intellectual environment.

Alumna Marli Roode

For those who continue to work and who take as much from the course as they can, they're in a great position to achieve the success that they're after.

Marli Roode / Creative Writing MA alumna

The Centre is home to the MA and PhD in Creative Writing, plus nine academic staff and up to 46 taught and 15 research postgraduates.

It has been designed as a place where writers and critics of contemporary literature and culture meet and exchange ideas and opinions, and is founded on the principle that good writing and good reading go together.


  • Weekly workshops and seminars in fiction, screenwriting and poetry with our distinguished teaching staff.
  • Masterclasses and regular events with world-renowned Professor of Creative Writing, Jeanette Winterson.
  • Intensive one-to-one instruction from the writer in residence.
  • Free entry to 'Literature Live' which brings some of the best contemporary novelists, screenwriters and poets to Manchester. 
  • Series of talks by visiting agents from the publishing and screenwriting industry.
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We have one of the UK's best-resourced university libraries which looks after 4 million books, and £650 million has been invested in university facilities for research and study.