Saturday, 10 March 2012

2012 NAW Dates:


The Academy will meet on Wednesday afternoons and early evenings on 24 days over an eight month period

March 28 – November 07 2012

28/03  Introduction/orientation/time-tabling

NAW writers will meet the Director, Course Co-ordinator, the NAW Patrons delivering the course, and members of the NAW Board

04/04 –23/05 Three eight-week NAW sessions 
20/06 –08/08
05/09 –24/10

Each 8-week session includes six Consultation Days and two Patron Visit Days

24/05 –19/06 Two three-week writing breaks
09/08 –04/09

During the writing breaks each writer will have time to work on their manuscripts taking into account the feedback from the previous session.  There will be no NAW meetings during the writing breaks.

W/c 29/10 Final individual feedback

Every writer will receive a 1-to-1 NAW overview of their complete project from the NAW Director

09/11  Anthology Launch and Showcase



The Eight-Week NAW Session


Each eight week session will run as follows:

Week 1 Consultation Day 
Week 2 Consultation Day
Week 3 Patron Visit Day
Week 4 Consultation Day
Week 5 Consultation Day
Week 6 Patron Visit Day
Week 7 Consultation Day
Week 8 Consultation Day

NAW Consultation Day


2 – 3 pm Masterclass (Conservatoire-style open criticism) by Course Director.

Each week a Masterclass involves two NAW writers.  In the eight-week Session every writer has the opportunity to have their writing master-classed once (and three times over the full course).

The NAW Masterclass is a public close-reading of an extract of about 3000 words.  The reading aims to replicate the response of a professional ‘gatekeeper.’ 

The Masterclass offers a regular source of detailed editorial feedback and a productive complement to workshops and patron-led discussions. 

3.30 – 5.00 pm NAW Patron-led discussion

An NAW writer-patron will read two pieces of writing (up to 3000 words) submitted in advance by NAW members.  The patron will then lead a one-and-a-half hour craft-based exploration of any questions asked by an NAW member about their own writing.  The Patron may use examples from their own work or from other writers.  There will be a different NAW writer-patron for each of the first two sessions.

NAW Masterclasses and NAW Patron-led discussions assume that all writers face similar technical challenges.  Issues connected to a specific text will be instructive for all.


5.30-7.00 pm Workshop

In each session every writer has the opportunity to have their writing workshopped once (up to 3000 words), and three times over the full course.The Director or Course Administrator will chair the workshops.

This structure of the standard NAW Consultation Day allows every writer to receive some kind of targeted feedback on their work in one out of every two consultations days. 

In NAW Session 3 (05/09 –24/10) the Patron-led discussion will be replaced by a discussion of professional and practical writing issues that are relevant to the contemporary publishing industry.  These meetings are designed to help writers understand the challenges of book publishing and will  be led each week by a different expert.

07/09  Who does what in publishing?
14/09  Editing/copy-editing/proof-reading
28/09  IT platforms and opportunities
05/10  Freelance journalism
19/10  Generating publicity 
26/10  Reading to an audience

NAW Patron Visit Day


NAW Visiting Patron Director Course Coordinator NAW writers

2.00 - 3.30 pm Patron talk including Q & A

The Patron will focus on technical issues connected with the craft of writing.  In addition to the talk and Q & A, this is an opportunity for NAW writers to meet informally and discuss any organizational questions with the Course Coordinator and Director.  


Writing Breaks


In between Sessions there will be a three-week break for writing and assimilating the input and feedback received over the previous intensive 8-week Session.

After the end of the final session every NAW writer will receive a strategic overview on their completed project from the Course Director

Anthology and Showcase


All writers will be expected to contribute both to the NAW Anthology and the NAW Showcase. 

All submissions for the Anthology (approx 5000 words for each piece) will be received at the start of Session 3, edited by the middle of Session 3, and sent to the publisher in time for the November launch date.

The NAW Anthology will be published to launch at the NAW Showcase which will take place at Foyle’s bookshop on 7 November 2012 

NAW writers remain Members of the National Academy of Writing, and are welcome to attend all future NAW events (except Consultation Days), including Patron Visit Days and Showcases.

The 2012 NAW course will take place at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon Road, London.

2012 Patron Visit Days will be held in the Gallery at Foyles bookshop, Charing Cross Road.


How To Apply


Places on the 2012 National Academy of Writing course are available to authors of all genres of narrative prose.  The Academy meets in London but recruits nationally and is open to all. 

Writers may apply directly after contacting the Course Co-ordinator:

Places will be allocated solely on the strength of a writing sample of about 5000 words.  There is no interview, no specified age-range, nor any requirement for previous educational qualifications. 


Fees 2012


The fees for the National Academy of Writing 2012 are £4000 (if paid in three instalments), or £3800 if paid in advance before the first session. Full Terms and Conditions are available below.

Membership of the National Academy of Writing implies a commitment to attend all NAW sessions in 2012.  Members are expected to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Academy, including Patron Visits, publication in the Anthology, and the Showcase at the end of the course.


Applications for 2012


Course Co-ordinator Rena Brannan ( will acknowledge receipt of all applications.


Terms and Conditions


A deposit of £500.00, as part of the fees, is due when a writer accepts membership of the Academy.  Membership of the Academy is for life, and entitles members to attend subsequent NAW events.  There are no annual fees after the first year.

Refunds of the deposit are given in the unlikely event that a course is cancelled.  If a new member withdraws with a minimum of eight weeks notice prior to the scheduled start date of the course, a refund of the deposit will be given minus a £75 administration charge.

The first instalment of fees (£1250) is payable 4 weeks before the beginning of the course.  If you need to cancel less than 8 weeks before the course takes place, we will do our best to find a replacement and if we succeed, the balance of your deposit and fee will be returned less a £150 reservation charge. If we fail, we reserve the right to retain the full fee.

There is a provision for payment of fees in instalments.

4 weeks before Session 1 - £1250

4 weeks before Session 2 - £1250

4 weeks before Session 3 - £1000

Members who pay in advance in full are entitled to a 5% discount and will pay a total of £3800.

No student may obtain a refund on session fees once he/she has attended the first two Wednesdays of an eight week sessionThe Refund Policy for members paying full fees in advance is available on request. To discontinue the course, a request must be made in writing to the Course Director.  If a member wishes to postpone a place to continue at a later date once they have started, this request must be made in writing to the Director – it is a discretionary decision by the Course Director.

NAW members remain responsible for payment of remaining fees should they not attend a reserved place and provide no prior notice.  Failure to settle fees in full before 7 September 2011 will result in exclusion from the NAW anthology and all remaining course sessions. 

The Director has the right to dismiss from a course any course member who is disruptive.

All information regarding the NAW course is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes to courses but will always endeavor to replace visiting tutors and speakers with writers or industry professionals of equal experience and standing.

We do not provide cancellation insurance and advise all those accepting places to take out their own travel/other insurance to cover against any circumstances that may lead to the cancellation of a booking.

We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by NAW members as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency, or beyond its control otherwise.

There are three formal opportunities to give NAW staff and Board members feedback on the course, one at the end of each session.  For any other concerns, NAW members can speak directly to the Course Co-ordinator or Director at any time.

The National Academy of Writing is led by practising writers and has extensive contacts in the publishing industry through the NAW Board of Directors, Patrons and Partners.  Admission to the course as a member of The National Academy of Writing does not guarantee publication.