Sun 10 December 2023
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NAWE Conference 2023

Living as a Writer: Creative Writing in Education & Communities in 2023 and Beyond

Friday 10 to Saturday 11 March 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us last weekend at NAWE’s 2023 Conference: Living as a Writer which is sponsored by York Centre for Writing based at York St John University and Bloomsbury. We hope you enjoyed it and came away brimming with new ideas, insights and contacts. We've had lots of great feedback from delegates.

Session recordings: Recordings are now available for delegates to view online so you can catch up with any sessions you weren't able to attend - Friday sessions / Saturday sessions (You'll need to login to view them.) They will be available to view until 6 May 2023. 

On demand conference tickets: This year we are also offering non-delegates the opportunity to purchase access to the conference recordings for just £30 (member) and £50 (non-member - includes one year's NAWE e-membership). Register here. Once you've bought a ticket, you'll receive an email with instructions about how to access the recordings. Any queries, please contact

The programme for our 2023 NAWE Conference: Living as a Writer sees a wealth of talks, workshops, networking opportunities, and knowledge sharing workshops from national and international NAWE members. We’ve also curated a constellation of workshops, how-to sessions and keynotes designed to act as creative rocket fuel for your writing and teaching practice.

Keynote: Living as a Writer: Patrice Lawrence MBE talks about how she has built her career around writing and how she works to ensure that children from marginalised backgrounds get to see themselves in her books

Keynote: What is the future of education?: Blake Morrison and Maura Dooley discuss how creative writing teaching has changed since they set up the Creative Writing MA at Goldsmiths

Write & Shine with Gemma Seltzer (booking essential, additional fee payable) 

Launch of 'Making Hybrid Literature Events Accessible: A Resource Guide' with Kendal Poetry Festival and Manchester Poetry Library

Scenes from Early Parenthood – Creative Writing and the Parental Experience: writer Abi Curtis and Paige Davis (York St John University) present findings from an interdisciplinary project between creative writing and psychology exploring experiences of early parenthood

Visible Communities: translation in education and communities: National Centre for Writing writers and translators Sawad Hussain, Shagufta Sharmeen Tania and Sophie Lau explore the relationship between literary translation and diaspora communities in the UK. Chaired by Rebecca DeWald.

Plus ‘How to…’ sessions on Managing the Business Side of Freelancing with Julia Bird and Funding for Writers with Jonathan Davidson and Light My Fire: Writing and the Menopause with poet Katrina Naomi

Throughout the programme, we’ve threaded discussions, talks and workshops to help you nourish your writing and teaching practice and call for change in 2023. 

Join us as we explore what it means to live as a writer in 2023 and beyond!

You can view and/or download a pdf of the programme on the right of the page.

Programme 2023

The full programme is available to download as a PDF here.

(Please note, exact timings are subject to change.) 


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