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Writing Groups in Manchester

If you live in Manchester and you’re interested in attending a writer’s group then check out this list of writing groups in Manchester.

List of Writing Groups in Manchester

Below is a list of all the writing groups in Manchester that we’re aware of.

Manchester Speculative Fiction

This is the website for Manchester Speculative Fiction. We are the only writing group in Manchester specialising in speculative fiction genres (e.g. science-fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.) We use the Milford System for our meetings and are open to anyone over eighteen who writes speculative fiction.

See Manchester Speculative Fiction for more details of our group.

Monday Night Group

A long-established group (over fifty years old) that meets in central Manchester every Monday. They accept work in all genres and forms, including novels, short stories, poetry and drama. Their process is for attendees to read their work and receive verbal feedback. The group welcomes all serious writers prepared to give and receive feedback.

Their website is at Monday Night Group.

Muslim Writers North

Muslim Writers North is a writing group that meets monthly at Chorlton Library in South Manchester. They accept any kind of writing: poetry, prose, screenplays and even blogs. The group is for Muslim writers only.

You can contact them via their website at Muslim Writers North.

Manchester Women Writers

Manchester Women Writers hold a weekly writing group at Manchester City Library. Their process is for writers to read out their work and listen to feedback. The group accepts prose, poetry and drama for critique. Once a month they do writing exercises and/or hold a discussion. The group is for women only.

They don’t have a website, but you can contact them via the Manchester Women Writers Facebook Group.

South Manchester Writers Workshop

South Manchester Writers Workshop is a critique group that meets weekly in Didsbury and focuses on getting published. Their process is for attendees to read out what they’ve been working on, so the rest of the group can give their critiques. The group has no membership criteria, but there is sometimes a waiting list to join.

Their website is at South Manchester Writing Group.

Society of Authors: Manchester Group

A slightly different one this as it’s not a critique group, but more of a networking group for authors. Meetings typically feature a discussion topic or a guest speaker. Meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month. The group is for members of the Society of Authors only.

For more details see: Society of Authors: Manchester Group

Any More Writing Groups in Manchester?

If you know of any other writing groups in Manchester that you’d like to be added to this list, or you’d like to come along to our Manchester writing group, then please contact us.

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By Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin has been a member of the Manchester Speculative Fiction Writing Group since 2012 and edited its first two anthologies. His novels have won, or been listed for, multiple prizes including the Terry Pratchett Prize, YouWriteOn Book of the Year and Arthur C. Clarke Award.