Comma Press partner with Manchester Metropolitan University to deliver a new Masters in Publishing

Manchester Metropolitan University has opened applications for a new Masters course in Publishing to begin in September 2020. The course will be delivered in collaboration with leading industry professionals including Comma Press, Manchester-based short story publisher and founders of the Northern Fiction Alliance.   

The course will explore the complex anatomies and eco-systems of the publishing industry and their markets in the UK and internationally, as well as the trends, innovations, opportunities and challenges facing this rapidly changing profession.

The MA will also be delivered in collaboration between the Manchester Writing School and iSchool at Manchester Metropolitan, combining experience and drawing industry contacts from one of the UK’s longest running and most successful postgraduate Creative Writing programmes and digital media, information management and multimedia communications expertise.

Additional features and benefits of the course include a focus on employability supported by the University’s strong links with the publishing industry and literature festivals in Manchester, and an international focus supported by the tradition of promoting literature in translation provided by the Northern Fiction Alliance.

This collaboration comes after five years of Comma Press and Manchester Metropolitan University partnering to deliver the annual National Creative Writing Industry Day, and the institution also hosting Comma’s inaugural Get a Job in Publishing conference in 2019. The new Masters course is testament to Manchester as an evolving UNESCO city of Literature, and will continue Comma Press’s mission to change the direction of a London-centric publishing industry.

Sarah Cleave, Publishing Manager of Comma Press said“We are delighted to be partnering with Manchester Metropolitan on this exciting new publishing venture. The literary landscape in the UK is slowly starting to change; more publishers – both big and small – are choosing to set up outside London, presenting valuable opportunities for those wanting to break into the industry or gain experience. This programme will help us to shift the dial further and embolden the next generation of publishing talent in the North.”

Livi Michael, leader of the Publishing Masters at Manchester Metropolitan said “We are really excited about this MA which will enrich Manchester's incredibly vibrant landscape of independent presses and cultural opportunities, and reflect the growth of interest in it as a literary capital.”

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Applications for the course are now open.