NAW Creative Writing Fair Panel Discussions

Monday, 08 October 2012

The 2013 inaugural NAW Creative Writing Fair will feature three panel discussions. The organisations participating in the Fair are each providing speakers to animate these discussions about the different ways in which Creative Writing is currently offered in the UK.

Entrance to the panel discussions, as to the Fair itself, is free.

2.30 – 3.30 pm What is the point of helping writers to write?

Panel: Adventures in Fiction (Marion Urch), Arvon Foundation (Ruth Borthwick), UEA Guardian (Jon Cook)
Chair – Richard Beard, NAW

4.30 – 5.30 pm How do changes in publishing influence the feedback offered to writers?

Panel: The Literary Consultancy (John Saddler), Annette Green Authors’ Agency (David Smith), Faber Academy (Becky Fincham)
Chair - Richard Beard, NAW

6.30- 7.30 What is the best way to teach creative writing?

Panel: UEA MA (Andrew Cowan), Faber Academy (Richard Skinner), Arvon Foundation (Monique Roffey), Spread the Word (Paul Sherreard)
Chair – Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times


Richard Beard is the Director of the National Academy of Writing. He has published five novels and three books of creative nonfiction. Lazarus is Dead is his most recent novel.

Nicolette Jones is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is an award-winning writer of non-fiction and the children's books reviewer for The Sunday Times.

Andrew Cowan is Director of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.  He is the author of five novels and his new novel Worthless Men will be published by Sceptre in spring 2013.  

Becky Fincham is Head of Faber Academy. She worked at HarperCollins and Headline Review before joining Faber. 

Ruth Borthwick is Chief Executive of Arvon. She was formerly Head of Literature & Talks at Southbank Centre.

John Saddler has worked as senior editor, editorial director and publisher of three prestigious imprints - Black Swan, Flamingo and Anchor. Since 2001 he has run The Saddler Literary Agency and has read for The Literary Consultancy for the past two years.

Richard Skinner is the author of four novels. He is the Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy

Monique Roffey is a former Centre Director for the Arvon Foundation. Her latest novel is Archipelago.

Marion Urch is Director of Adventures in Fiction. She has over fifteen years experience as a tutor, programmer and facilitator within the publishing and literary community. 

David Smith has been a partner of Annette Greene Authors’ Agency since 2001 and is a contributor to University of Edinburgh's Handbook of Creative Writing.

Paul Sherreard is the Programme Manager for Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency. He was resident poet for Guy's Hospital in London from 2008-2011.

Jon Cook is Co-Director of UEA-Guardian Masterclasses and Professor of Literature at UEA.

The Fair is at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, from 2 pm to 8 pm on Friday 12th October. Entry is free and open to all, but please register in advance to reserve a place: