Wed 29 November 2023
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We're delighted to announce that the full programme for Living as a Writer: Creative Writing in Education and Communities in 2023 and Beyond is now online!

Our programme sees a wealth of talks, workshops, networking opportunities, and knowledge sharing workshops from national and international NAWE members.

All sessions are recorded and available to view by delegates until 6 May 2023. View Friday sessions /  Saturday sessions (You'll need to login to view them.) Non-delegates can buy an On Demand ticket for just £30 (member) and £50 (non-member - includes one year's NAWE e-membership) and get full access to the conference recordings for a month. Once you've bought a ticket, you'll receive an email with instructions about how to access the recordings. Any queries, please contact 

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. Here are a few highlights: 

We’re thrilled to announce our evening keynote speaker! On Friday 10 March at 7pm, we are delighted to be joined by Patrice Lawrence MBE, who will share insights from her writing life and help us to explore how writers keep going in challenging times. Picking up on the theme of Living as a Writer, Patrice will talk 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.

Kicking us off (early) on the morning of Friday 10 March at 7.15am, we’re excited to welcome back Write & Shine with Gemma Seltzer. Celebrating the creative power of the morning, Gemma will share a range of materials—including literature, artwork, and film—to consider, discuss and generate new writing. (Booking essential, additional fee payable. Open to conference delegates only.)

Our daytime keynote brings together two of the sector’s most respected writers and teachers, Maura Dooley and Blake Morrison, to discuss how creative writing teaching has changed since they set up the Creative Writing MA at Goldsmiths. What is the future of education? will see these writers in-conversation with Jonathan Davidson, and will also feature readings from both writers and the chance for you to ask them questions.

We’re also really pleased to host the launch of 'Making Hybrid Literature Events Accessible: A Resource Guide' with Kendal Poetry Festival and Manchester Poetry Library (Friday 10 March, 11.45am). Commissioned by NAWE, carried out by Manchester Poetry library, using Kendal Poetry Festival as an example of good practice, this session will launch a resource guide for festival organisers wishing to run accessible hybrid events.

In a specially programmed event, writer Abi Curtis is joined by Paige Davis (York St John) to discuss Scenes from Early Parenthood – Creative Writing and the Parental Experience. Abi and Paige will present findings from an interdisciplinary project between creative writing and psychology that explores experiences of early parenthood, and introduce our audience to an anthology, Blood & Cord: Writers on Early Parenthood, due to be published by the Emma Press in May 2023. Writers featured include Daisy Hildyard, Naomi Booth, Rebecca Goss, Rachel Bower, Janine Bradbury and Caleb Klaces.

We’ve been thinking a lot about displacement at NAWE, so we’re thrilled to welcome Visible Communities: translation in education and communities (Friday 10 March, 2.15 pm). National Centre for Writing writers and translators Sawad Hussain, Shagufta Sharmeen Tania and Sophie Lau will explore the relationship between literary translation and diaspora communities in the UK in a panel chaired by Rebecca DeWald.

We’ve got ‘How to…’ sessions on Managing the Business Side of Freelancing (with Julia Bird, Friday 10 March, 12.50pm), and on Funding for Writers with Jonathan Davidson (Saturday 11 March, 10.15am). Poet Katrina Naomi leads ‘Light My Fire: Writing and the Menopause’, looking at how to support yourself during this time and how to find creativity and power in this change.

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.

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

Ticket pricing and booking info is here.  Early Bird Discount extended until 14 February 2023.

Programme 2023

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

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


Overview 2023
Download the 2023 Conference overview here as a pdf.