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No. 79: NAWE Conference Collection 2019 (Part 1)

Editorial by Lisa Koning 

Welcome to the 79th edition of Writing in Education. I’ll begin by introducing myself - I’m Lisa Koning and I am thrilled to join the NAWE team. First of all, I’d like to say a huge thank you to my predecessor, Paul Munden, for 78 editions. A truly memorable achievement.

I hope you’ll enjoy our new look Writing in Education. Several changes have been introduced: the cover design selected by our members, a new layout, as well as some updates to our regular content. Giving a magazine a fresh new design is both exciting and daunting - especially when it’s a publication that has such a long and respected tradition as Writing in Education. From the outset, I wanted to engage our members in this process - and was delighted with the response to the survey as well as the covers on display at the conference. Your feedback has been instrumental to the changes you’ll see on the following pages - as well over the coming months. 

As a members magazine, my objective is to ensure Writing in Education continues to deliver what our members want. To this end, A Letters to the Editor section has been added on page 5, enabling you to respond on articles, share views, and make suggestions. I’m also keen to have articles based on themes that members find useful. In this issue, we’re commencing a series on self-help, and I hope you find the piece by Caleb Parkin on page 50 of interest. If you’d like to contribute to the series, please do get in touch.

There’s quite a mix of articles in this issue, from reflections on our recent conference including photos on pages 6 and 7, a paper on using Mindfulness to nurture creative writing, discussions on Adult Learning and writing groups, studying abroad and a contribution by a PhD student. I’d like to expand our range of articles, therefore you’ll notice a few changes to the submission guidelines. I am happy to consider short pieces, and these have now been revised to 1000-4000 words. And these don’t necessarily need to be papers or articles. For example, if you have a workshop idea that you’ve found particularly engaging, it would be great to share it.  We’re also open to including some creative pieces with each edition - just a few and they need to fit onto one page - so poetry and flash fiction would be ideal. 

As this is my first editorial, I thought I would share just a little about myself. I’m a practising writer and Creative Writing FE and HE lecturer, and NAWE has played an important part in my work. At the recent conference, I was reminded of how much NAWE is valued by the Creative Writing community. The range of sessions and thought provoking content left me having to make some tough decisions as to what I’d attend! 

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the past few months - from handovers to advice and feedback, not to mention those who provided articles for this issue. With the ongoing support of NAWE members, I hope Writing in Education will continue to be an outstanding publication.

Best wishes,

Lisa


Writing in Education can now be read online in full colour! Click on the link to the right (you must be logged in as a member) and let us know what you think of this exciting new format. 

The printed version of the magazine will be mailed to Professional Members and Institutions during December/January 2019/20. Any other members - including e-members - may purchase printed copies by following the link below.

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