In order to apply, you will need to submit a completed application form, a sample of creative writing, a book review and one reference. You can download an application form from our website. On the application form, you will be asked to give a personal statement and should use this to tell us a bit about yourself and give a good sense of what you have been reading and writing, and what has led you to apply for our course. For the creative sample, applicants to the prose writing routes (Novel, Children’s/YA, Place) should submit a 2,000-word extract from a novel or short story; poetry applicants should submit up to 15 poems. The book review should be up to 500 words long, focus on contemporary literature, and show evidence of close reading, explaining what it is about the book you find useful as a writer. Both the creative and critical samples should be relevant to the specialist route to which you are applying to (Novel OR Poetry OR Writing for Children/YA OR Place). Your reference can be from anyone of professional standing (e.g. a current or former employer or tutor) who can vouch for your suitability for study at postgraduate level or the quality of your writing, or – if you are unable to obtain a reference from someone who is familiar with your written work – simply verify your identity. Please collate and submit the application form, writing sample, review and reference, where possible. It will not speed up the processing of your application if you send some elements now with others to follow. We would encourage you to submit electronically to our Direct Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org, although understand that this may not be possible in all cases and can accept postal submissions. You do not need to include copies of certificates from previous qualifications, unless we specifically request them – our admissions tutors will review you application on the strength and quality of the writing in the portfolio submitted. We have intakes into the programme in September and January each year. While there is no set deadline for the receipt of applications, we would recommend applying before the end of August for September entry, and by mid-December for January entry. We normally aim to respond to applications within four weeks of receipt of all four elements: application form, writing sample, review and reference – although it may take a little longer outside of term time. Each application is allocated to a specialist tutor in the candidate’s chosen discipline, who reads and assesses it, looking for evidence of: A very high standard of written English; Creative talent and potential;◾Control of form, style and technique; Commitment to the craft of writing and the development of writing skills through workshops and supervision; Substantial reading within the relevant field. If your application meets these criteria, the tutor will contact you directly to arrange a telephone or face-to-face interview at a mutually convenient time.
Months of entry
“One of the greatest pleasures of my working life continues to be the Manchester Writing School at MMU – a department with a real sense of family, achievement and celebration, and an ethos of nurturing and innovation.”
Carol Ann Duffy – Poet Laureate and Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School
At the heart of the Manchester Writing School are our Masters programmes in Creative Writing, available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning.
On our Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own full-length book. MFA students undertake all of the elements of our MA Creative Writing programme (a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units, an elective, and a dissertation), then take an additional unit about the publishing industry and submit a full-length manuscript: a completed novel, poetry collection, book for children or young adults, or book about place. The MFA is available to complete over two years full-time or three years part-time/online.
You will be introduced to professionals from the publishing industries – agents, editors, publishers and publicists – and the School has strong links with many major arts, educational and cultural organisations. Our MFA model is unparalleled in coaching students through the development and completion of a full-length book under the sustained guidance of distinguished, practising writers and seeing those students achieve success in publishing.
You will specialise in one of the following routes:
- Novel Writing (including Short Fiction).
- Poetry Writing.
- Writing for Children & Young Adults.
- Place Writing.
Applications are also welcome from those already holding an MA in Creative Writing (180 credits) – from Manchester Metropolitan or other universities – who would like to top-up to an MFA, undertaking the Industry and Manuscript units.
For more information about the Manchester Writing School, including profiles of staff and published students, and news items about events and projects, visit: mmu.ac.uk/writingschool
Information for international students
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Course contact details
- Course Enquiries Team
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