|Manchester Childrens Book Festival
|The Manchester Writing Competition|
|The Manchester Writing School
The MA programme in Creative Writing, including routes in Fiction, Poetry & Children’s Writing. The Writing School also provides a programme of public events and readings.
|247 Manchester Theatre Festival
Annual theatre festival.
|Action Transport Theatre
|Arts Council (England) North West
Arvon provides residential creative writing courses at four historic houses around the UK. The courses – tutored by professional, published writers – are world famous for the inspiration they provide to writers at every stage of their writing lives.
the BBC creative writing site
Book Review site
Connecting readers and their books
Book Mooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want
|Books Well read
an independent national charity that encourages people of all ages and cultures to discover and enjoy reading
|British Council Contemporary Writers Database
Cartwheel is one of the leading participatory arts groups in the North West, based in Heywood, Manchester
|Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals
Childrens reading events and competitions
|Children’s Poetry Bookshelf
See their Old Possum’s Children’s Poetry Competition 2008 !
|Come Strut your Stuff
Monthly Liverpool poetry and acoustic music event
|Connect Via Books
Make new friends, discuss your favourite books, review books, get recommendations, and more
Manchester writers’ group
|Community Arts North West
|Contact an author|
Books for 10-15 year old readers reviewed by 10-15 year olds
Arthouse film, education, exhibitions and education in Manchester
the Government’s flagship creativity programme for schools and young people, focusing on the most deprived communities in England.
Detective/Crime writing site/magazine
|Crime Writers Association|
|Dead Good Poets Society
Liverpool Poets group
|Directory of Writers Circles, Courses and Workshops
|The English & Media Centre
The EMC serves the needs of secondary and FE teachers and students of English and Media Studies in the through in-service training courses and publications
Everybody Writes offers classroom teachers innovative ideas and practical resources to get primary pupils and secondary students excited about writing.
Extensive guide, includes script, poetry, journalism, fiction
Collaborative Story writing site
|Federation of Children’s Book Clubs|
BBC Scriptwriting Guide
|GCSE Poetry Live|
BBC Writing tips site
Manchester Arts venue
An online community around words and creativity. You can set up groups, meet new friends and post your own creative work. Good things will happen.
North West Writers Network
|International Anthony Burgess Foundation
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation encourages and supports public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess. Based in Manchester, England, we have an extensive library, archive and study centre containing Burgess’s books, music and papers. We also have a performance venue where we present new work by writers, artists and musicians.
|Literature North West
For online book reviews, books and free opening extracts
a portal to litrerature education
|Man Booker Prize
Book competition (for adults)
|Manchester Book Awards
Manchester Libraries – book competitions
|Manchester Education Wide Area Network
|Manchester Literature Festival
Annual festival (October)
|Manchester Writing Competition
Includes the Poetry and Fiction Competitions
|Monday Night Group
One of the Commonword family of writers’ workshops
For women who write
North West Detective writers group
|Museums Libraries & Archives
Includes Manchester and lancashire groups and offers:
|National Association for Literature Development
NALD is the professional body for all involved in developing writers, readers and literature audiences.
|National Association for the Teaching of English
NATE is the UK subject teacher association for all aspects of English from pre-school to university.
|National Association of Writers Groups
|National Association of Writers in Education
NAWE supports the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings.
|National Literacy Trust
The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity dedicated to building a literate nation
|North West Playrights
North West Playwrights exists to develop and promote new writing for the theatre in the North West of England
|New Books Magazine
for readers and reading groups
|North End Writers
Encouragement of the literary arts and creative writing in all its forms, particularly amongst people resident in North Liverpool who are disadvantaged educationally or by reason of their gender, ethnicity, race, age, disability or social background.
|One of us
Online Creative Writing Workshop
Performing Arts Nertwork and Development Agency
|Pass on a Poem|
Comtemporary UK+Irish Poetry
Poets read their work
Online Reading resources
|Poetry 4 Kids|
|Poetry Book Society
Teaching poetry in school
|Poet in the City
A charity dedicated to raising the profile of poetry, and funding poetry education in schools.
GCSE Poetry Events
(including education area)
|Poetry Translation Centre
Online poetry workshopping
|Poets & Players
Manchester based showcase for talented new writers
|Portico Library and Gallery, Manchester|
Online Fiction site
|Rainy City Stories
Stories from locations in Manchester
Sponsored reading events
UK wide development agency with its roots in the public library sector.
Writers site (includes writing competitions)
The Reader Organisation is a charity dedicated to bringing about a Reading Revolution – making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and engage with books on a deep and personal level.
School Reading Club resource
|Reading for Life
|Reading Groups for Everyone
|Reading is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental is an initiative of the National Literacy Trust that helps children and young people (aged 0 to 19) to realise their potential by motivating them to read.
Books for children and teenagers
|Ready Steady Book
Independent book review site
|School Library Association|
|Society of Authors|
Create a virtual shelf to show off your books, see what your friends are reading and discover new books
|Society for Storytelling
|Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
the campaign to celebrate the short story.
| Survivors’ Poetry
Promotes the writing of survivors of mental distress.
|Time to Read
North West Libraries Reader Development Partnership
National Arts/Poetry Touring organisation
Guide to DIY publishing
|Volunteer Reading Help
a national charity that helps children who struggle with their reading to develop a love of reading and learning.
|We Make Stories
Children’s writing site
poetry education in Liverpool
|Word Play Press
Publishers of “Our thoughts are bees : Writers working with Schools” by Mandy Coe and Jean Sprackland,
advice on organising exciting projects in schools, setting out a future of writing in education.
|World Book Day
helping each other with publishing short stories, poems and articles and … getting them paid for!
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is the trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film and video games
|Write out loud
Encouraging poetry performance
Write2B is a literature consultancy specialising in reader development, creative writing projects, strategy development, and research.
A place to read, publish and comment on both Fiction and Non-Fiction
Writing resources, news and discussion for authors / writers, editors, publishers and agents
BBC Writers resource
An online shop window to attract Readers, and Publishers
Writers Community site
Writers in schools project
|Young Poets Group