The National Creative Writing Industry Day 2019

1 Nov 2019

The National Creative Writing Industry Day, now in its fifth year, is the largest conference of its kind taking place in the North of England. Drawing over 150 delegates annually, the event is run in partnership with The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is designed for all new writers aspiring to publication to gain an insight into the publishing industry from its experts, and to help them hone their skills needed to enter it.


This invaluable all-day event includes an opening keynote speech from an acclaimed author, morning panel discussions, and an afternoon split into two halves, in which delegates attend a workshop of their choosing led by esteemed writers and organisations, and are given the opportunity to pitch their work to two literary agents/editors in the genre/s that best describe their work (selected upon booking).

1st November 2019

8.45 – 17.45

Manchester Metropolitan University




Sharlene Teo, award-winning debut author of Ponti (Picador 2018)

Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore and lives in London. She completed an MA and PhD at the University of East Anglia, where she received the UEA Booker Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellowship. She was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize and holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. 

Her debut novel Ponti won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award, was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Award, longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and selected by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction of 2018.

Read a free extract from Sharlene’s novel Ponti here.



The Future of Representation in Children’s/YA Fiction

With award-winning publisher Aimee Felone, The Good Literary Agency agent Abi Fellows, Children's illustrator Dapo Adeola and researcher in Children's literature Chloe Buckley.

After the Breakthrough: How the Publisher Works With You

With editorial director of Hodder Fiction Emma Herdman, editor at Trapeze Books and former book publicist Katie Brown, editor at Saraband Books Sara Hunt and author and editor of more than 20 anthologies Nicholas Royle.

I’m a Poet, Take Me Seriously

With the founder of spoken-word label  Nymphs & Thugs Matt Abbott, director of Verve Poetry Festival and publisher at Verve Poetry Press Stuart Bartholomew, debut poet Nadine Aisha Jassat and award-winning poet Andrew McMillan.

Writing in the Face of Doubt

With the founder of For Books' Sake and workshop facilitator Jane Bradley, writers Michelle Green and Reshma Ruia, and writer and former Neuroscientist Rachel Genn.



How NOT to Submit Your Manuscript (with Writers & Artists)

Feminist, Queer and Own Voices Fantasy (with Kirsty Logan)

Be Your Own Marketer and Publicist (with Unbound)

(Re)Connecting to Your Poetry (with Nadine Aisha Jassat) 

Know Your Rights as An Author (with Society of Authors)

Writing Fiction from Secrets, Rumours and Lies (with Lucie Mcknight Hardy)

How to Drive Your Short Stories with Setting and Place (with Crista Ermiya)

Why Write Book Reviews? (with Northern Soul)



Kate Barker Literary Agency, The Bent Agency, Susan Yearwood Literary Agency, The Good Literary Agency (for underrepresented writers only), Bill Goodall Literary Agency, Jo Unwin Literary Agency, Kingsford Campbell, ANDLYN, Tinder Press, North Literary Agency, Carcanet Press, Eve White Literary Agency, The Ruppin Agency, Madeleine Milburn, The Blair Partnership, Marjacq Scripts, Hodder Fiction, Curtis Brown, PEW Literary Agency, ZENO Agency, Salt Partnership


TICKETS are £45 inc. lunch. (Group booking discount, reduced price places and limited sponsored tickets for low-income writers and MMU students/alumni are available.)


See the NCWID website for full details.


Please email with any queries.