NAWE’s Annual Conference 2015

From the 13th to the15th of November, the National Association of Writers in Education will celebrate its XXI conference in Durham (UK). Harriet Nachtmann from the Vienna Poetry Academy will be the official representative of the EACWP. Along with her, other colleagues from continental Europe such as Lucian Georgescu (Roumania) and Erik Vanhee (Belgium) will actively participate in the event


NAWE is the one organization supporting the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings throughout the UK. It is currently a EACWP honorary member after signing an agreement of mutual membership over the participation of our president Javier Sagarna in the last conference in Bristol (November, 2014).

Since 1994, NAWE has been presiding over an Annual Conference which gathers around worldwide participants involved in the teaching of writing, enabling writers and their colleagues in education to share their experience of teaching writing at all levels and to address current issues. Each year, the conference runs from Friday lunchtime through to Sunday midday, with special guests reading in the evenings after dinner.

As every year, the event will be documented in the NAWE Magazine and in the Writing in Education journal.

This year’s event will be directed by Anne Caldwell, NAWE’s Deputy Director.

Introductory words by Anne Caldwell

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It gives me very great pleasure to welcome you to the NAWE conference in Durham this year. The city is very much alive with the Lumiere Festival of Light and we hope you enjoy the atmosphere. Light was also the theme for National Poetry Day 2015 and we hope our conference fits this celebratory mood.

Our guests include the talented journalist and novelist Sathnam Sangera and poet Liz Lochhead, whose work needs no introduction. We are really pleased to host them both as part of the NAWE conference. Our programme is busier than ever this year and showcases the national and international breadth of the NAWE membership. Our staff are on hand to guide you through the programme. Do come and make yourselves known to us. We particularly welcome our guests from overseas and anyone who is attending the conference for the first time.

Anne Caldwell, NAWE Conference Director 2015.

Extra Conference Opportunities

One-to-one Professional Development Planning and Coaching sessions

Philippa Johnston, accredited coach, is offering a number of pre-booked sessions. If you have booked, please contact the NAWE stall for further information. Others are most welcome to log their interest in booking telephone sessions at other times throughout the year.

Cut a Long Story

On Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, Cut a Long Story will be providing an opportunity for writers who are – or who wish to become – members of the CUT e-Publishing Community to be filmed reading a short extract from their work. CUT will subsequently publish the videos on its growing YouTube channel and on the CUT site, and use them in social media marketing to promote the writers’ work.

These sessions (in the Kirve room) are fully booked, but if you are interested in taking advantage of a similar opportunity in the future, please contact a member of the CUT team on their stall.

Full conference programme

Durham 2015 Programme