National Academy of Writing to select 12 unpublished writers

The National Academy of Writing (NAW) is on the search for twelve talented unpublished writers to join its specialist writing course in 2012. 

The advanced course which runs from April through to November at London’s Free Word Centre is for committed writers seeking to publish a book-length work in either fiction or non-fiction.

Emerging writers will be given a taster of the course at the academy’s Demonstration Event at Foyles Bookshop, Charring Cross, on Tuesday 28th February from 6-8pm.

Designed to show committed writers how the NAW works, it will feature a conservatoire-style NAW Masterclass from the Director Richard Beard (author of Lazarus is Dead), as well as a talk from NAW Patron and best-selling novelist Jojo Moyes, who will speak about her individual experiences as a writer.

During the course, NAW Writers receive expert feedback on a scheduled, regular basis, while visiting NAW Patrons and established authors including AL Kennedy, Sara Wheeler, Jane Harris, Naomi Alderman and Monica Ali will contribute their knowledge of craft and the industry.

The search for the 2012 writers follows the huge success of the 2011 course. For 2012, NAW has generously been awarded a grant of £5000 by News International, publisher of the Times Literary Supplement, to support its unique approach to helping writers improve their work. Instead of offering this award as a bursary to one person, the grant will be divided equally between the 12 2012 NAW writers, resulting in a small reduction in the 2012 course fee of £4000.