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No. 83: NAWE Writing in Education Spring 2021

Editorial by Lisa Koning 

It’s Writing in Education edition 83 and we are heading into spring - though oddly after sunshine and warm days, I’ve just looked out my window and it’s snowing heavily. These are such strange and odd times, in so many ways. Perhaps, like many of us, the weather is just confused as to what day and month it is! In the UK, we are slowly emerging from lockdown. During the Easter break, it was lovely to hear the sounds of small family gatherings around my village, and to be able to have a cup of tea from a flask with a friend in a park.

Reflecting back to early March, we approached the upcoming online conference with some trepidation. With so many events going virtual, and with online meetings becoming an (often exhausting) part of daily life, we weren’t too sure how the first NAWE online conference would fair. But what soon became apparent was the enthusiasm from the NAWE community, and your willingness to participate. There’s no denying it’s not the same as meeting up in person, but there are also many benefits that shouldn’t be ignored, especially as we look forward to future events. Not least is the ability for people to attend who wouldn’t have been able to previously (for many and varied reasons such as distance, commitments, mobility, cost etc.). I attended many of the sessions over the two days and what stood out for me, was the variety of topics as well as the professionalism of the presenters. As with our publications, we do very much appreciate the effort that our contributors make to ensure their sessions not only ran smoothly, but were interesting and informative.

We have a strong collection of articles for this edition. We open, rather appropriately given our conference theme of considering the future, with Francis Gilbert’s piece on What’s Next, and Fiona Mason’s report on NAWE’s Open Space event. Contributions also include an article by Trevor Day and Ursula Canton, discussing the space between being a teacher and a writer. Belona Greenwood explores how to help the reluctant writer, while Matthew Tett shares his experiences of taking an event virtual. We also have creative contributions from Suzanne Iuppa, Gabrielle Mullarkey and Julian Stannard.

We usually time an edition of Writing in Education to come out with the conference, however, as we were virtual this year, it seemed an excellent opportunity to have it come out afterwards - allowing us to include a section dedicated to pieces that supported the various sessions from the conference. With such a full programme, it’s often a case that there is so much to hear and take in - and to this end, having the recordings of the events available via the NAWE website has been invaluable! I have very much enjoyed reading and reflecting on such thought provoking topics, and I hope you will as well.

In the meantime, we look forward to your continued engagement and to taking NAWE forward as we begin to get back to some kind of normality.

Lisa


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