Forthcoming Conference Presentation: NAWE, November 2015

I will be delivering a conference presentation on Friday 13th November 2015 at the National Association of Writers in Education annual conference in Durham.

The Writer’s (Career) Journey

This session will look at how to use the techniques and principles of careers advice and guidance in creative writing courses. The workshop will present tools, relevant career counselling techniques, group work and individual exercises that can be used to help students understand why they want to write and where it might take them. Participants will engage in practical, adaptable activities and learn how career planning can benefit the writing workshop for students of all ages. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to help learners map their writer’s journey, identify career support networks and develop careers in writing.

The presentation will draw directly on career development theory and the importance of the role of non-careers professionals in career information, advice and guidance provision to learners. I will also be drawing on the research I have undertaken in working towards my submission for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) this year. 

This year's conference will also feature presentations from Claire Dean and Jane Alexander, not just good friends but also fellow writers and doctoral researchers and whose work (creative and academic) I cannot recommend highly enough. 

Bookings for the conference can be made here. A full conference programme will be available shortly. All NAWE members, including student members, are eligible for member discounts. 

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Emma Bolger @bolger_emma
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Jane Alexander @finsey_obay


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