Living as a Writer

Join us online at NAWE Conference 10-11th March for two packed days of talks, workshops, presentations and lively discussions about writing across many different genres.

For full programme details and to book a place click here.


Sue Dymoke, Barbara Bleiman, Francis Gilbert & Pippa Hennessy

Saturday 11th March (Online panel 12.50 – 1.50pm)

During our panel we will be talking about the following topic which is I think crucial to all young people’s creative futures:

The removal of opportunities for creative work at GCSE, coupled with the diminution of creative writing in Key Stages 2 and 3 (where young people prepare increasingly early for statutory tests and examinations), has decreased the number of students studying English at A level. This is further impacted by a misplaced governmental emphasis on careers, a focus which refuses to acknowledge the long-term value of the creative arts for young people’s future lives, their wellbeing and their job prospects. The substantial decrease in those entering the English teaching profession is yet further evidence of a subject in crisis. This conference panel will explore and begin to scope out some of the different perspectives of young people’s experiences of creative writing in schools with the aim of setting an agenda for future action.

Barbara Bleiman, Fiction Writer and Education consultant at The English and Media Centre

Francis Gilbert, Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education and course leader for PGCE English at Goldsmiths, University of London

Pippa Hennessy, Writer and First Story Programme and Partnerships Manager for the East Midlands

Sue Dymoke, Poet, Researcher of young people’s poetry writing and Associate Professor of Education at Nottingham Trent University

Photo by Yannick Pulver on Unsplash

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