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The next NAW course:
8 month course: 6 March - 16 October 2013
Application deadline: 30 November 2012
NAW may select any number between four and twelve writers to join as Members of the National Academy of Writing for 2013
The Academy will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5pm until 8.30 pm on 24 days over an eight month period. There are also three individual 1-to-1’s and the launch of the NAW 2013 Anthology
2013 NAW Dates: March 06 – October 16
NAW writers will meet the Director, Course Co-ordinator, the NAW Patrons delivering the course, and members of the NAW Board
06/03 –01/05 Three eight-week NAW sessions
Each 8-week session includes six Consultation Days and two Patron Visit Days
08/05 –22/05 Two three-week writing breaks
In between sessions there is a three-week break for writing and assimilating the input and feedback received over the previous intensive 8-week Session.
During the writing breaks each writer will receive a one-hour individual mentoring session to discuss work-in-progress and set achievable goals. The mentors will be the course director and course coordinator. There will be no other NAW meetings during the writing breaks.
W/c 07/10 Final individual feedback
Every writer will receive individual feedback on their project from the course director
16/10 Anthology Launch and Showcase
The writers remain Members of the National Academy of Writing, and are welcome to attend all future NAW events (except Consultation Days), including Patron Visit Days and Showcases.
The 2013 NAW course will take place at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon Road, London. (www.freewordonline.com)
The Eight-Week NAW Session
Each eight week session will run as follows:
Week 1 Consultation Day
Week 2 Consultation Day
Week 3 Patron Visit Day
Week 4 Consultation Day
Week 5 Consultation Day
Week 6 Patron Visit Day
Week 7 Consultation Day
Week 8 Consultation Day
NAW Consultation Day
5 – 6 pm Masterclass (Conservatoire-style open criticism) by Course Director
Each week a Masterclass involves two NAW writers. In the eight-week Session every writer has the opportunity to have their writing master-classed at least once (and three times over the full course).
The NAW Masterclass is a public close-reading of an extract of about 3000 words.
The Masterclass offers a regular source of detailed editorial feedback and a productive complement to workshops and patron-led discussions.
6.15 - 7.15 pm NAW Patron-led tuition
An NAW writer-patron will read two pieces of writing (< 2000 words) submitted in advance by NAW members. The patron will then lead a one-hour craft-based exploration of any aspect of writing technique that emerges from that week’s reading. The Patron may use examples from their own work or from other writers. There will be one NAW writer-patron for each of the first two sessions.
Patrons to be confirmed.
NAW Masterclasses and NAW Patron-led discussions assume that all writers face similar technical challenges. Issues connected to a specific text will be instructive for all.
7.30 - 8.30 pm Workshop
Two texts will be workshopped by the entire class. In each session every writer has the opportunity to have their writing workshopped at least once (and three times over the full course).The Course Co-ordinator Rena Brannan will chair the workshops.
The structure of the NAW Consultation Day allows every writer to receive at least eight evenings of targeted feedback over the duration of the course.
In NAW Session 3 (14/08 –02/10) the Patron-led discussion will be replaced by a discussion of professional and practical writing issues. These meetings are designed to help writers understand the challenges of book publishing and will be led each week by a different expert.
NAW Patron Visit Day
5-6pm Open Door This is an opportunity for NAW writers to meet informally with any questions for the Course Coordinator or Director.
6-7.30 Patron talk including Q & A
The Visiting NAW Patron will focus on technical issues connected with the craft of writing, answering specific questions from NAW writers.
Visting NAW Patrons to be confirmed
2013 Anthology and Showcase
All writers will be expected to submit work to the NAW Anthology.
All submissions for the Anthology (approx 5000 words for each piece) will be made midway through Session 2.
The 2013 NAW Anthology will be published to launch at the NAW Showcase which will take place at Foyle’s bookshop on 16 October 2013