There are many literary organisations in Manchester helping to promote writing in the city. These organisations complement the writing groups in Manchester, such as ourselves, Manchester Speculative Fiction.
Writing groups and a literary organisation have different roles. Writing groups help individual writers with their writing, whilst literary organisations promote interest in writing and literature in general.
List of Literary Organisations in Manchester
So, here’s a list of literary organisations in Manchester that we’re aware of.
Manchester Literature Festival
Manchester Literature Festival brings together writers from around the world to promote literature and inspire reading and writing. It also commissions new writing. The Arts Council and Here for Culture support the festival.
For more information, see Manchester Literature Festival
Manchester City of Literature
Manchester City of Literature is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It works with the other cities in the network to promote local literary initiatives and links between the cities. Manchester City of Literature also works in partnership with other Manchester-based organisations to organise events.
See their website here: Manchester City of Literature
Commonword is a writing development organisation based in Manchester. It provides facilities and activities to help and encourage writers, primarily from under-represented groups. It also runs a publishing imprint called Crocus. The Arts Council and the National Lottery support Commonword.
For more information, see Commonword.
Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society’s goal is to create a community of lifelong learners interested in increasing their knowledge. They do that through events focussing on the Arts, Science and Technology and Social Philosophy. Their literary events are mostly lectures and seminars about English Literature.
For more, see Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society