Commonword is a writing development organisation based in Manchester, providing opportunities for new and aspiring writers to develop their talent and potential.

Our competitions, workshops and events act as a point of focus for many writers seeking encouragement and confidence. From small beginnings in 1977, we have grown into the largest new writing, community writing and publishing organisation in the North West. We work  on regional, national and international levels, promoting new writing and helping new writers become more successful.

We are a National Portfolio Organisation, receiving funding from Arts Council England.¬† We are part of the UK’s vibrant cultural sector. The cultural sector bring communities together and make lives richer. It also creates economic growth and jobs: it is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

Click here to find out more about the great contribution the arts make to the national economy.