NAWE Virtual Conference 2023 | Call for submissions

The deadline for the call for papers will be open until November, 14 (2022). Non-members may also participate

Call for submissions

The NAWE Conference is the annual event devoted to exploring creative writing education in schools, communities and FE and HE settings. Next year’s conference takes place online from Friday 10 to Saturday 11 March 2023 and will see a mix of curated strands programmed alongside submissions from NAWE members and non-members.

In 2023, we’ll come together to ask: what is the cost of living as a writer in education in today? How can we keep going in challenging times? How can creative writing help communities address the current crises we face? How can we look after our own wellbeing – as well as our creativity, pedagogy and finances? What tools do we have to foster resilience in ourselves and the communities in which we practice? What is all of this costing our creativity and writing lives? How can these practices be made more sustainable for ourselves and for the planet? And what is the cost of not doing it – for us, for our communities, and for culture?

We welcome interactive sessions that explore what it means to be writing in education today. These may include: innovative approaches, interdisciplinary experiments, international collaborations, inclusive and accessible participation, and intercultural approaches to the theory and philosophy of creative writing in education.

When accepting submissions, we’ll consider the following five ideas:

  • People: individuals, writers, freelancers, creative writing educators, members, non-members
  • Planet: climate and sustainability
  • Place: creating sustainable communities of practice across the UK
  • Partners: working with the wider sector, including arts organisations, arts councils, and private philanthropic organisations
  • Policy: changes in government and what they might mean for the sector, including arts and education.

We welcome ideas for interactive talks, workshops and presentations of 20 mins or 45 mins, or panels of 75 mins, on creative writing teaching and research that examines these themes. (If submitting an abstract for a panel, we ask that you confirm the details of all those attending including bios in your submission.)

Proposals should consist of a brief (100 word) outline, exactly as you would wish the session to be described in the programme, plus biographical information on all presenters (50 words each).

You’ll find full details of the call at

The deadline for proposals is November 14 2022.

If you have any queries, please, email