Back for a fifth year, the National Creative Writing Industry Day is the largest conference of its kind taking place in the north of England, drawing over 150 delegates annually. Run by Manchester’s Comma Press in partnership with The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, the day is designed for all new writers aspiring to publication. They are promised an insight into the publishing industry, with experts on hand to help hone their skills needed to enter it.
This year’s opening keynote speech comes courtesy Sharlene Teo, the award-winning debut author of Ponti, which came out last year on Picador. The rest of the morning consists of panel discussions, while the afternoon is split into two halves: a workshop and a pitching opportunity with two literary agents, editors and publishers, from Carcanet to Curtis Brown. Workshops include marketing skills and author rights, plus Feminist, Queer and Own Voices Fantasy with Kirsty Logan and Writing Fiction from Secrets, Rumours and Lies with Lucie McKnight Hardy.