Caleb Azumah Nelson will open the seventh annual National Creative Writing Industry Day

Comma Press and Manchester Writing School have once again partnered to bring the National Creative Writing Industry Day back to its in-person format for its seventh year.

Acclaimed debut novelist Caleb Azumah Nelson will open the conference with a keynote speech on his journey to publication and his advice to aspiring writers. 

Caleb is a 27-year-old British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in South East London. His photography has been shortlisted for the Palm Photo Prize and won the People's Choice prize. His first novel, OPEN WATER, was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. 


The conference will also include a panel discussion on ‘The Paths of Northern Writers’ with editor of award-nominated Aurelia Magazine Kya Buller, Desiree Reynolds, and 2021 BBC National Short Story Award shortlistee Richard Smyth, with workshops delivered by debut author Sarah Schofield and lauded writer Jenn Ashworth.


The conference will see the return of in-person one-to-ones with agents for attendees – which have led to the signing of new writers in previous years – with agencies such as The Good Literary Agency, David Godwin Associates, Eve White and Charlie Campbell Literary Agents participating. 


Tickets are available through Eventbrite.


Bursaries are available for residents of Greater Manchester and underrepresented writers. See here for details on how to apply.