Creative Courses

Professional Development & Short Courses

Avant-garde Poetics and Virtual Reality‌

About the course

This short course will introduce you to composing poetry in other than the usual ways. We will experiment with Dadaist and surrealist techniques, as well as introducing you to a VR experience called Odyssey, co-created by Johnny Payne and Kimo Oades, which takes place in 3D with Google cardboard and an Android phone. Readings will range from portions of Homer's Odyssey to poetry by Tristan Tzara, Rocío Cerón, and Jerome Rothenberg. Moving at lightning speed, students will write a dozen or more poems, producing a chapbook in three days. Led by guest artist Johnny Payne from Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, USA.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run over three days at Manchester Met on 12th, 13th and 14th June 2018.

The cost of attending is £350.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details or to apply, please contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk 

or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.


From Historical Fact to Contemporary Fiction

From Historical Fact to Contemporary Fiction

About the course

Combining historical expertise with creative practice, this course offers students an opportunity to look closely at historical fiction, to study its core elements and to share your own writing with fellow enthusiasts. Discussions and workshops are aimed at developing your skills as a writer and enriching your experience of reading historical novels. As well as writing workshops, there will be talks on aspects of historical research given by experts in the field. This course is intended to be enjoyable and challenging in equal measure. It celebrates the wide range of historical novels published today, and explores the ways in which retelling history reflects upon our own contemporary society. Through practical exercises, close reading and small-group discussion, you will discover how fact and fiction can be integrated in new and compelling ways. Led by award-winning historical novelist Livi Michael. Those submitting assessed work for accreditation will complete a 3,000-word essay.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met over three days in the summer term of 2017/18: 5th, 6th and 7th June 2018.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,260 for Home/EU students and £2,175 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits (which can count towards our Masters programmes in Creative Writing or English Studies).

To apply, download our application form.

For further details, contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

What students said about this course

  • “Input from the team and external speakers was hugely inspirational, as was the choice of venues.”
  • “Advice on how to use sources and incorporate research into my writing was invaluable.”
  • “It was especially good to meet other people who are writing historical fiction.”

Manchester Writing School: Creative Writing Summer School

Manchester Writing School- Creative Writing Summer School

About the course

This two-day intensive course is designed to give participants a taste of life in the Manchester Writing School, introduce you to tutors and current students, and offer opportunities to develop and pitch your own writing in a lively and supportive environment. The programme will include a carousel of masterclass workshops, seminars and readings, delivered by practising writers and critics, with input from special guests.

Attendees can choose from a range of specialist sessions. These may include fiction, poetry, writing for children & young adults, place writing, scriptwriting, how to present your work for publication, and performance skills. The full programme will be circulated in advance of the Summer School, and you will be asked to choose your sessions, which are all subject to availability.

To find out more about the kinds of activities our Summer Schools involve, read this coverage of the 2017 event on the Humanity Hallows blog.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run over two days at Manchester Met on 21st and 22nd June 2018.

The cost of attending is £250.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details, contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

What students say about our Summer School

  • "A real great insight into the course, the school methodology, and the learning environment. One particularly impressive feat was blending the existing Masters students and one-off attendees like myself so you never felt like an outsider. Highly recommend."
  • "The Writing School came across as a vibrant community. It felt like a great place to study."
  • "The mix of people was great. I felt warmly welcomed."
  • "I am already writing with the workshop ideas in mind."
  • "I took a lot away from the session with the agent. It helped me to understand how I weigh up who might be a good match for my work."

Scriptwriting Workshop‌

About the course

This three-day course will offer an active interrogation of the fundamental principles of dramatic writing. Through a combination of script analysis and exercises that Simon Stephens and Anjum Malik employ in their own work as well as a broader philosophical consideration of the mechanics of playwriting the three days will consider, among other questions, the fundamental nature of dramatic action, dramatic dialogue, narrative and structure as well as creative process.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met over three days in the summer term of 2018/19: 24th, 25th and 26th April 2019.

The cost of attending is £350 (this course is unaccredited only).

To apply, download our application form.

For further details or to apply, please contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk 

or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.


Teaching Creative Writing

Teaching Creative Writing

About the course

Teaching Creative Writing is for teachers and practitioners wishing to enhance their creative writing classroom skills, and writers interested in sharing their experience in schools and colleges, or contributing to creative work in community settings or with arts and culture organisations. Writers gain valuable insight into working in classrooms and say that the workshops have helped develop their own writing. Teachers enjoy the creative aspects of the course but say that the ultimate gain is for pupils. The course comprises practitioner-led workshops exploring creative teaching ideas for areas such as prose, poetry, journalism, creative non-fiction and drama and demonstrates models that can be adapted to suit individual teaching situations and styles. Students participate in a series of sample workshops, collect a portfolio of ideas and materials, reflect on some of the theories of teaching practice, and begin to develop original lesson plans. Those submitting assessed work for accreditation will complete a 2,000-word lesson plan and a 1,000-word critical commentary.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met over three days in the summer term of 2018/19: 7th, 8th and 9th May 2019.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,417 for Home/EU students and £2,417 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits (which can count towards our Masters programmes in Creative Writing or English Studies).

To apply, download our application form.

For further details, contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

What students have said about this course

  • “I have already started applying what I learned on this course in school.”
  • “Heightened my level of observation, which is crucial for a writer.”
  • “Had an immediate impact in the classroom.”

The Poetry of Science

About the course

In this course, internationally renowned scientists, poets, and science-poets will provide an introduction to the links between science and poetry, and how the two disciplines can work together to better understand the world and the way in which we live. Participants will have the opportunity to work on poems that help to communicate and re-consider scientific topics, and will be provided with feedback and advice on how to make them more effective, engaging and empathetic.

Led by scientist (and science-poet) Sam Illingworth and the Manchester Writing School poet Helen Mort.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met over three days in the summer term of 2018/19: 28th, 29th, and 30th May 2019.

The cost of attending is £350 (this course is unaccredited only).

To apply, download our application form.

For further details, contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.


Writing (Well) About Relationships

A Many Splendored Thing: Writing (Well) About Relationships

About the course

Human relationships are the beating heart of fiction. This course is designed to help writers gain confidence, avoid cliché, improve the quality of your prose style – and avoid being nominated for the Bad Sex Award! The varied programme of lectures and workshops will provide you with space for reflection, and opportunities to read, write and discuss. Taught by an eclectic team – including novelists Catherine Fox and Monique Roffey, marriage professionals, English lecturers and leading sociologists – the course will explore writing about love and partnership.  Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own writing in workshops and in field trips around Manchester, specially chosen with an eye to romance, traditional and  unconventional. This course would suit those who enjoy reading well-observed fiction and are hoping to write a novel of their own, with freshness, honesty and humour. Those submitting assessed work for accreditation will complete 2,000 words of creative writing and a 1,000 word critical commentary.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met over three days in the summer term of 2018/19: 21st, 22nd and 23rd May 2019.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,417  for Home/EU students and £2,417 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits (which can count towards our Masters programmes in Creative Writing or English Studies).

To apply, download our application form.

For further details, contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

What students said about this course

  • “Gave me new ways of looking at material for writing relationships."
  • “Observing different techniques has made me look at my work from new angles.”
  • “Gave me new ways of thinking to tackle tired clichés”
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