On the 2nd August, Comma announced that the award-winning debut novelist Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti (Pan Macmillan 2018), will give the keynote speech at this year’s National Creative Writing Industry Day.

The National Creative Writing Industry Day 2019, now in its fifth year, is the largest conference of its kind taking place in the North of England. Drawing over 150 delegates annually, the event is run in partnership with The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is designed for all new writers aspiring to publication to gain an insight into the publishing industry from its experts, and to help them hone their skills needed to enter it.

The keynote speaker, Sharlene Teo, was born in Singapore and lives in London. She completed an MA and PhD at the University of East Anglia, where she received the UEA Booker Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellowship. She was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize and holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. 

Her debut novel Ponti won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award, was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Award, longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and selected by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction of 2018.

"I am honoured and excited to give the keynote speech for the fifth National Creative Writing Industry Day 2019. I look forward to setting the tone for what promises to be an inspiring and invigorating day full of practical industry insights and networking opportunities."  - Sharlene.

Beyond the keynote speech, the Industry Day will be comprised of one-to-one pitching sessions with literary agents and editors; panel discussions ranging from representation in Children’s literature and how a publisher works with its writers, to how to be taken seriously as a poet and how to keep writing through self-doubt; workshops focusing on both creative practice and practical skills, as well as stalls, drop ins and networking opportunities.

For the first time, The Good Literary Agency will join the Industry Day to hear pitches exclusively from underrepresented (BAME, LGBTQ+, working class, disabled) writers, and two workshops will be sponsored by Writers & Artists and the Society of Authors.

The full programme is due to be announced on the 30th August, when tickets will go on sale.

Tickets will be £45pp (£40pp group discount/reduced place prices and sponsored tickets will be available).

The conference will run on the 1st November at Manchester Metropolitan University. Find out more at: https://ncwindustryday.weebly.com/

Source: https://commapress.co.uk/resources/national-creative-writing-graduate-day/