The Women’s Words Manchester project is delighted to offer our participants the opportunity to hone their life-writing skills through three free life-writing workshops. More information about time, date and venue can be found on the main page of this website.

These will be held at three different locations throughout Manchester, namely Longsight, Crumpsall and Chorlton. We want to reach a wide a cross-section of women across Manchester as possible and have our archive represent all of Manchester as much as possible.

We’ll be sharing information soon about how you can register to participate in the workshops, so do keep an eye open for that. We’ll share it here, on Facebook and on twitter. The workshops will have a maximum number of 30 participants at each session and will be intense. I would suggest that you bring your own notepaper and favourite writing tools so that you can write with pleasure.

The two life-writing workshops in Longsight and Crumpsall which we are calling “My Own Story” workshops after Emmeline Pankhurst’s autobiography of the same name, will be led by the talented Michelle Green.

Michelle Green is a British-Canadian writer and spoken word artist, currently working on an audio and digital short story map of Hayling Island. Green’s debut short-story collection, Jebel Marra (Comma Press, 2015), was nominated for a number of national and international awards. Recent publications include contributions to the Comma Press anthology Protest! stories of resistance, a collection of short fiction and historical analysis on British protest movements, as well as Stairs and Whispers, the UK’s first anthology of work by D/deaf and disabled writers, from Nine Arches Press. Green’s fiction has featured on BBC Radio 4, in Short Fiction Journal, and in the literary mapping app LitNav, with poetry appearing in numerous anthologies and magazines. More at

The “My Own Story” workshop in Chorlton will be run by Kate Feld. We’ll be publishing more information about Kate in another blog, so watch out for that, too.