Events and Courses 2015

Monday, 08 December 2014

The National Academy of Writing's 2015 programme starts at Cambridge on Tuesday 10th February at Pembroke College in Cambridge. The NAW Director Richard Beard will demonstrate the unique NAW Public Edit on stories or novel extracts submitted by members of the audience, followed by an interview with guest writer Deirdre Madden. Deirdre Madden has twice been shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and her most recent novel is Time Present and Time Past. 

The first 10-week course of 2015, to be held at the Free Word Centre, London, is for six writers only and will take place every Wednesday evening (6-8pm) from 8th April to 10th June. The course is suitable for writers who have early drafts of novels, novel chapters or stories that they wish to improve through detailed attention to the text.

Writers on the course will benefit from the NAW Public Edit, workshops, presentations and visits from a leading agent and publisher. Agents who have visited previous courses include Nicola Barr from Greene and Heaton, and Imogen Pelham from Aitken Alexander. Recent publishers include Francesca Main, Editorial Director at Picador, and Jane Lawson, Editorial Director at Transworld/Random House.

Full details of the course can be found here

In July and August NAW returns to Pembroke College in Cambridge for the third annual  Pembroke College - National Academy of Writing Summer Programme. This is a residential course that takes place over four weeks in in the beautiful and inspiring setting of the College. The intensive combination of lectures, supervisions and seminars emulates a Cambridge term, with the difference that every class is given by a working writer - the programme concentrates on the practical challenges of creating compelling writing, whatever the approach or genre.

This year the invitational lectures will be given by a range of internationally prize-winning novelists and writers, including John Boyne, author of The Boy in The Striped Pajamas, Deborah Moggach, novelist and screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice, A.L.Kennedy, winner of the overall Costa Book of the Year Award and M. John Harrison, author of the Light trilogy and winner of both an Arthur C.Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award.

More details about the summer school can be found here, including details of how to apply. The course is open to all.