University of East Anglia Announces Futures for Creative Writing Conference

The two-day online event will acknowledge “the importance of literature and drama in helping us navigate challenging moments in history.”
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Registration is now open for the University of East Anglia’s Futures for Creative Writing conference. The two-day online event will feature workshops, lectures, discussions, and panels. It is part of the school’s celebration of 50 years of its creative writing programme, in partnership with the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes.

“This online conference seeks to bring together PhD research students, Creative Writing tutors and graduates, writers and scholars to explore the varieties of practice in our discipline now, the points of convergence and contention, and, crucially, the opportunities for future development and the forces that may shape the nature of writing in the academy over the next several years,” the University said on its website.

“Central to the conference will be an acknowledgement of the importance of literature and drama in helping us navigate challenging moments in history.”

Keynote speakers include Bernardine Evaristo, Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and winner of the 2019 Booker Prize; Andrew Cowan, author of the award-winning novel Pig and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia; Carolyn Forche, finalist for the National Book Award and the James Tait Black Prize and University Professor at Georgetown University; and John Yorke, Managing Director of Angel Station, multi-BAFTA winner, and founder of the BBC Writers Academy.

The conference will run from Friday, 21 May, to Saturday 22 May, 2021.

Register here.

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Paula Willie-Okafor
Paula Willie-Okafor is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. She is a student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she is custodian of The Writers' Community (TWC). Her writing has appeared in Kissing Dynamite Magazine and Praxis Magazine.

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