National Creative Writing Graduate Fair 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Writer Eley Williams.
Writer Eley Williams.

National Creative Writing Graduate Fair at MMU Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester 2 November 2018 Tickets from £40.00 — Book now

Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, the National Creative Writing Graduate Fair is back for a fourth year, organised once again by Ancoats-based publishing house Comma Press in partnership with The Writing School, headed up by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and taking place in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Geoffrey Manton Building on the All Saints Campus.

NCWGradFair is dedicated to up-and-coming writers (and not just creative writing students or graduates) looking to get their work published, and is a brilliant opportunity to rub shoulders with authors and editors and make connections with leading publishers and literary agents, making the whole process of approaching them with your manuscript just that little bit less daunting.

You can expect a day packed with networking opportunities, one-to-one pitching sessions, panel discussions with professionals and experts, and workshops exploring writing, editing, performance and marketing, and it’s the perfect place to pick up top tips and inspiration. Following on from Luke Kennard and Kit de Waal, the keynote speech this year is Eley Williams, whose short story collection, Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press), was listed among Best Books of 2017 by The GuardianThe Telegraph and The New Statesman, and was chosen by Ali Smith as one of 2017’s best debut fiction at the Cambridge Literary Festival. She is one of the contributors to We Were Strangers, the Joy Division-inspired anthology just out with Manchester indie Confingo.

Throughout the afternoon you’ll get the chance to pitch to two different agents or editors (the final list is still being shaped – watch this space!), who you’ll be paired up with depending on your chosen genre. And when you’re not pitching, there will be various masterclasses and talks to head to, from putting together a bang-on synopsis to getting to grips with the art of self-critique.

There will also be stalls from booksellers, societies and publishing organisations, and post-event drinks in the evening, great for winding down and sharing what you’ve gleaned with other delegates.

National Creative Writing Graduate Fair at MMU Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester 2 November 2018 Tickets from £40.00 Book now

Where to go near National Creative Writing Graduate Fair 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University

exterior of Contact Theatre building
Contact Theatre

Following a major redevelopment, the iconic venue on Oxford Road will be reopening its doors to welcome the public back into the building this autumn. 

Music venue
The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is a vibrant gig venue and nightclub for which it is well worth taking a jaunt out of the Northern Quarter.

Catalog Bookshop

Find Peter and his Christiania cargo bike around All Saints Park, a hop, skip and a bunnyhop from Manchester Poetry Library.

Bar or Pub

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

Johnny Roadhouse store
Johnny Roadhouse

Buffeted by fried chicken outlets, legendary musical instrument emporium Johnny Roadhouse has been serving the local music community for over 50 years.

Café or Coffee Shop
Eighth Day

Eighth Day is a co-operative shop that sells ethically-sourced food, wine and cosmetics. There’s also café that serves hearty, healthy meals in the basement.

Event venue
The Proud Place

Based in the heart of Manchester on Sidney Street, The Proud Place houses The Proud Trust and serves as a community hub for the wider LGBT+ population across Greater Manchester and beyond.

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Luke Kennard at Manchester Poetry Library

We’re looking forward to hearing from Birmingham-based poet, critic and fiction writer Luke Kennard, the third guest to appear in Manchester Poetry Library’s events programme.

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Word Central at Central Library

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