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Week 7: National Centre for Writing

For this session, we met at the National Centre for Writing, where they explained what they were all about. According to their website:

The National Centre for Writing celebrates and explores the artistic and social power of creative writing and literary translation. Our on-going programme of innovative collaborations engages writers, literary translators and readers, in person and online, in projects that support new voices and new stories, and respond to the rapidly changing world of writing.

Mostly, we spent the time discussing residencies and funding, two essential tools to help any writer complete their project. The NCW has a farmhouse on its premises which they’ve been extending to visiting authors to work on their projects. Also, we learned about the history of the UNESCO City of Literature program. These designated cities also often have their own special residency guidelines, requiring affiliation with any one city to establish a link with all of the others. As a soon-to-be graduate of UEA at Norwich, I’m pretty excited to be able to take advantage of this and see where else I can be shuffled off to.