MA / MFA Creative Writing

Join the UK’s largest postgraduate English and Creative Writing community at the Manchester Writing School.

Our Masters programme in Creative Writing will help you develop your writing skills through a blend of writing workshops and reading units, allowing you to explore the techniques and styles of modern and contemporary literature.

Creative Writing is available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning (low-res or no-res).


Choose to specialise in either Novel (including Short Fiction), Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Scriptwriting (for stage, screen or radio) or Creative Non-Fiction.


Part-time, January starts and distance learning options available.

MA and MFA

Both Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts options are available.

Funding Opportunities

There are funding opportunities available for postgraduate study.

The Manchester Writing School

Taught by Experts

Taught by high-profile writers and critics such as Carol Ann Duffy DBE, Nicholas Royle, Livi Michael and Jean Sprackland.



Our MA/MFA Creative Writing programmes can be tailored to suit your writing preferences.

With either course there is a range of units to choose from, all delivered by practising writers. Units include Novel (including Short Fiction), Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Scriptwriting or Creative Non-Fiction.

Studying an MA or MFA offers different opportunities:

  Master of Arts
Master of
Fine Arts


Explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work

Undertake a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units and an elective  
An additional unit about the publishing industry  
Submit the full-length manuscript of a completed novel, poetry collection, book for children or young adults, or book of creative non-fiction, or a feature-length script.

The MA and MFA course pages provide further information about studying Creative Writing including tuition fees, entry requirements and the units on offer:

MA Creative Writing MFA Creative Writing


You can study around your busy schedule with the MA/MFA Creative Writing as teaching on core units takes place in the evenings, with electives delivered on an intensive three-day model or studied independently with one-to-one supervision.

You can start the course in either September 2019 or January 2020 and there are multiple options when it comes to how you want to learn:

MA: 1 year full-time on campus, 2 years part-time on campus or part-time via our distance learning option.

MFA: 2 years full-time on campus, 3 years part-time on campus or part-time via our distance learning option.

If you choose to learn via distance learning, the core teaching is delivered via weekly text-based chat room sessions during evening teaching slots.


Our MA/MFA Creative Writing is the most successful course of its kind, taught by practising authors, producing over 95 published graduates.

There is a wealth of expertise for you to learn from including Michael Symmons Roberts, Adam O’Riordan, Helen Mort, Andrew McMillan, Andrew Michael Hurley, Gregory Norminton, Susan Barker, Joe Stretch, Monique Roffey, Livi Michael, Catherine Fox, Alex Wheatle and more.


Student profile: Matthew Adamson

Studying MFA Creative Writing

"The course is a good balance of creative and critical work. I particularly enjoy working with other writers – both my fellow students and our tutors"

Read more about Matthew

How to apply

The links below take you to the MA and MFA course pages where you can apply online.

Apply for MA Creative Writing Apply for MFA Creative Writing

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