Keynote speaker announced for National Creative Writing Industry Conference

The National Creative Writing Industry Day, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, is returning for its sixth year as the National Creative Writing Industry Day Conference, a week-long online event. 

 

The conference will run from the 26th-30th October, opening with a free keynote speech by award-winning author Irenosen Okojie and continuing with free daily panel discussions with industry professionals. There will be 2 two-day ticketed packages available which will include 1 workshop and 1 meeting with a literary agent for paying attendees (27th + 28th or 29th + 30thOctober). Designed to help and inspire you as begin your creative writing career, we have assembled a brilliant line-up of authors and publishing professionals to advise and encourage you on your way to being published.

 

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer,The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally including Salt's Best British Short Stories 2017 and 2020, Kwani? and The Year's Best Weird Fiction. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri as a dynamic talent and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular, published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her new collection of stories, Nudibranch published by Little Brown's Dialogue Books was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. She is the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize For Fiction for her story, 'Grace Jones'.

 

Full programme and tickets are to be released later in September. Visit https://ncwindustryday.weebly.com/ for more information. 

Free events will be streamed to YouTube and paid events will take place over Zoom (or an alternative video call software for one-to-one meetings).

 

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