About the Monday Night
We’re one of Manchester’s longest-running creative
writing groups, having met continuously for around 50
We aim to provide a space to bring your writing, share it
with fellow writers from a wide variety of backgrounds,
and receive constructive feedback to help you develop and
improve your work.
We welcome anyone
who’s passionate about their writing, regardless of
gender, ethnic origin, disability, age, social background
or sexual orientation.
As our name suggests, we meet every Monday evening (except for Bank
Holidays) from 7.30pm to
9.30pm. We are currently meeting in the
snug at the Lass O'Gowrie pub on Charles St, Manchester.
Please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds for up to
date information on meeting times - these do change
occasionally if other groups are using the space.
Attendance at MNG meetings and workshops is FREE, but donations to
support our work are welcome!
How the MNG Works
When you come to a MNG meeting, what can you expect?
Well, first of all, you’ll meet writers with a wide variety of backgrounds
and experience levels. Our members include poets,
novelists, short story writers, dramatists and performers.
Some of us are published, others not. What we do have in
common is a passion for
a desire to develop our
support others in
Our general meetings work in a very straightforward way.
We start off by finding out who’s brought work to read
out, then go around the table with members reading their
work and receiving feedback. We normally assume a maximum
of ten minutes to read out and another ten for feedback.
There’s no compulsion
to read out the first time you attend (or, indeed, on any
occasion). If you do bring work along, it’s helpful if you
can also bring a few copies
so that fellow members can read along.
Whether you’re reading your own work or not, we would
encourage you to get involved in providing feedback.
You can find out more by reading our 'Hints &
Tips for New Members’ guide.
Getting constructive feedback from other writers is what
the group’s all about. It’s the way we learn and develop
our skills as writers.
So, if you are reading out, we’d encourage you to be open to the feedback
other members give you. This doesn’t mean that you have to
agree with it all, but it does mean that you should be
prepared to listen and
A while ago, we asked our members what words came to mind
to describe the sort of feedback they got from the group.
Here are some of the words that came up:
- critical feedback
for our feedback guidelines.