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NAWE aims to put creativity at the heart of education. NAWE is a charity funded largely by its members fees and donations.
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About NAWE

NAWE's vision is a future in which everyone has the opportunity to engage in creative writing, whoever they are and wherever they live.
NAWE's mission is to advocate for creative writing: enhancing knowledge and understanding of the subject and developing and supporting writers and good practice in teaching and facilitation in all settings. 
NAWE is a registered charity, supporting writers, writing facilitators and the sector as a whole, providing programmes, information and advice on professional development for writers and other literature professionals across the UK.
As a Subject Association, NAWE promotes Creative Writing as both a distinct discipline and an essential element in education generally.
Our membership is national and international and includes those working in Higher Education, the many freelance writers working in schools and community contexts, and the teachers and other professionals who work with them.
The NAWE Annual Conference
This is the essential UK event for all those involved in the teaching of writing, enabling members to share their experience of teaching writing at all levels and to address current issues. The emphasis is on workshop style sessions or discussions where everyone has a contribution to make.

Writing in Education
The NAWE journal features articles on the writer’s craft, critical issues and workshop techniques, plus a wealth of news items and reviews; published in 3 editions each year and mailed free to all members.

Online Resources
This NAWE site has details of all the latest jobs, opportunities and events for writers throughout the UK. The Archive (accessible to members only) contains everything that we have published since the organisation was founded - over 500 articles covering the very wide range of our members' activity, an invaluable resource for anyone teaching writing, planning a project or undertaking research.

Professional Directory
Our listing of professionals suitably experienced at working in educational settings is the prime source for schools and others wishing to engage writers to run workshops or residencies.

Professional Development Programme
NAWE is committed to ensuring that all writers working in education are prepared to the highest professional standard. We offer a range of training days for writers and teachers, plus one-to-one sessions to help members plan their writing careers. Through The Writer’s Compass, NAWE also provides free information and advice on professional development for writers and other literature professionals.

Higher Education Network
Open to all universities, this wing of NAWE addresses the many issues facing those teaching and studying on Creative Writing programmes throughout the UK.
NAWE offers various categories of membership to cater for different needs. It is the strength of our membership that helps to create so many new opportunities for writers. If you would like to join NAWE, please use the online form.


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NAWE Membership

NAWE aims to put creativity at the heart of education. We believe that everyone should have contact with practising artists, and especially writers. By joining NAWE you can help us to promote that ideal - and benefit from it.

Membership benefits

  • 3 free issues per year of Writing in Education
  • access to NAWE's programme of professional development opportunities
  • reduced rate booking for our conferences and other events
  • advice and assistance in setting up projects
  • representation through NAWE at national events
  • free publicity on the NAWE website
  • access to the members' area of the NAWE website
and, for Professional Members:
  • free public liability insurance
  • processing of CRB disclosure applications
NAWE Patrons
  • Alan Bennett
  • Gillian Clarke
  • Andrew Motion
  • Beverley Naidoo
Management Committee
NAWE has a Management Committee with nine members. The Committee meets four times a year and members are elected at the NAWE AGM which is held each autumn, usually as part of a conference.