NAW Autumn Season 2015

Tuesday, 01 September 2015

During Autumn 2015 there are three opportunities to submit texts to the NAW Public Edit. Or just come along, and see what makes this event one of the most innovative and informative highlights of the UK Creative Writing calendar.

On 13 October the Public Edit will be at St Hilda's College, Oxford, from 6-8pm. The evening will follow the standard NAW format, where the first hour is the unique NAW Public Edit for which everyone with a ticket can submit a text of up to 2000 words, in any genre of fiction or non-fiction.

Two texts will be chosen at random and distributed to ticket-holders in advance - novelist, non-fiction writer and NAW Director Richard Beard will then publicly edit these texts, working on the principle that writers face similar challenges and an edit for one is an edit for all.


In the second hour at St Hilda's, in the fabulous Jacqueline du Pré Music Buildingnovelist Mark Watson will talk about his process as a 
writer, taking the 'pen or word-processor?' question seriously. How as awriter does Mark Watson get the work of writing done? Every life has its distractions, perhaps especially the life of an internationally renowned stand-up comedian, so how does Mark succeed in fixing the words on the page?

The same two-hour format will apply for our regular autumn appearance at Pembroke College Cambridge. This year's event will take place from 5-7pm on Monday 23rd November and the guest author will be ManBooker shortlisted author Deborah Levy. As well as novels and short stories, Deborah Levy is an acclaimed writer for theatre, radio and TV.

The second in a new series of NAW Public Edits, hosted by Writers & Artists at the home of Bloomsbury Publishing in London, is scheduled for 26th November (6.30-8.30 p.m). Submissions of 2000 words, as always, are welcome, and the guest author is Benjamin Wood, whose second novel The Ecliptic was published this summer to wide critical acclaim. Benjamin's first novel The Bellwether Revivals was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and in France won Le Prix du Roman Fnac
Tickets for these NAW Public Edits are available now, for St Hilda's College in Oxford or with Writers & Artists in London. As at all NAW events, there will be plenty of time for questions.