Online Writers’ Day – Norwich Region

The National Centre for Writing and Creative Future present the 2020 Norwich Writers’ Day online: short talks and Q&A sessions for under-represented writers.  Find out how to start and advance yourself as a writer and what support is out there.

The Writers’ Day is aimed at new/emerging writers who face barriers to opportunity, due to health, mental health, identity or social circumstance.

The day will be held via Zoom teleconferencing.  After booking, you’ll receive a link and password to the session, as well as a brief guide to getting started on Zoom.


  • 10-10:30: Welcome from Creative Future & National Centre for Writing, including Q&A
  • 10:30-11: Joey Connolly, Head of Faber Academy
  • Break
  • 11:30-12: Paul Couch, National Centre for Writing Escalator programme
  • Break
  • 13:30-14:30: Isobel Dixon, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
  • Break
  • 15:00-16:30:‘Are you Al(write)?’ workshop with Lewis Buxton.A 90-minute workshop with poet, performer and arts producer Lewis Buxton. This is an interactive workshop designed to help you look after yourself as a writer. This workshop will cover everything from dealing with rejection to daily routines (or lack thereof) to deciding what the best biscuits for making yourself feel better are. Lewis will talk about his experience as a self-employed writer, take questions and give you activities and strategies to better look after yourself.
  • 16:30-16:45 Close and thanks from Creative Future and NCW

About The Speakers

Joey Connolly is Head of Faber Academy. The Academy provides writing courses that bring together the best creative writing teachers on rigorous programmes to support you whatever stage of your writing journey you are on. Joey has been a student and a teacher of creative writing, as well as a critic and a prize-winning author. He founded a literary journal, Kaffeeklatsch, and was Manager of the Poetry Book Fair for several years.

Paul Couch was selected for the 2020 NCW Escalator programme. He was born in South Wales and has lived all over the world before settling in Suffolk in 1986. He has been passionate about writing since an early age and worked as a journalist, playwright, in corporate communications, and as a performance poet. He says that his biggest hurdles as a writer are prevarication and having too many projects on the go, both of which he hopes the Escalator opportunity will help him overcome.

Isobel Dixon is MD and Head of Books at the Blake Friedman Literary Agency, where she represents bestselling and prizewinning writers from around the world. Her clients’ work includes contemporary, historical and literary fiction, crime and thrillers, memoir, biography and narrative history. She is a Trustee of the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, on the Board of BTBS The Book Trade Charity and President of the Association of Authors’ Agents. As a poet, her most recent collection, Bearings, is published by Nine Arches, who will also bring out The Landing in 2021.

Lewis Buxton is a poet, performer & arts producer. He was selected as one of the Poetry School & Nine Arches Press Primers Volume 4 poets and been published in Magma, Ambit, The Rialto & Oxford Poetry. He is a Norwich Arts Centre writer-in-residence and currently lives in Norwich.


When you book your place, you will be emailed a link and a password to access the Writers’ Day via Zoom.

How to book

Bookings are closed for this event.

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