Turns out Manchester is a great place to be if you want to be a writer. There are amazing indy bookshops and presses, book festivals, writing groups, classes, competitions and loads of talent.
I’ll share any opportunities I spy here and let you know what happens if I take any of them up.
Courses and workshops
Oldham Bookmark Festival is taking place this week featuring a host of great events, including the ‘Toast to Burgess’ writing workshop on Thursday 27 April, at 11am. The session will be led by writer and journalist Fat Roland and will feature writing exercises inspired by Anthony Burgess. Tickets are available online for just £2.
I’d highly recommend the Comma Press Short Story Course with Lara Williams. Places are still available on the next course which starts in July at Hope Mill in Manchester. I did this course last year and got so much out of it. The workshops provide loads of practical advice and tips and the critiquing sessions are absolutely invaluable in helping to improve your own work and learning how to read like a writer.
Unfortunately, I’m unable to attend what looks to be a fantastic event as part of MIF. Festival in My House – Slam Story Festival: The Fe/Male Gaze. It’s inspired by the American storytelling phenomenon ‘The Moth’. (If you’ve not heard of it, you should definitely look it up!) There will be a writing workshop in the afternoon followed by an evening of true story telling from writers and brave audience members.
I can also recommend the MadLab Short Story Writing Group which takes place on the third Monday of each month at 6.30pm. You just submit your piece a week before and read stories submitted by the rest of the group, then critiques are shared on the evening. MadLab is on Edge Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and is super easy to get to via public transport.