NAWE 2016 Conference Report

 

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I am about a month late on this report, but fortunately, the subject is not time sensitive. I spent the weekend of 11th to 13th November attending my first academic conference, which is actually only a bit different from BristolCon (Science Fiction and Fantasy convention where writers and artists gather) that I attend annually. The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) turned out to be a much more useful and fun event than I was expecting. Of course as one would assume, it was full of academics. But also, a large number of freelancers.

I met academics and freelancers from all around the UK, though we had a fair few Australians and North Americans as well. I also met some European representatives too. 

I was also fortunate enough to have a chance to talk about journaling there. I presented a paper, “Handwritten Journaling in the Digital Age,” highlighting why handwriting journals are still important, but also how we can use digital tools and technology available at our disposal to enhance that journaling practice. 

My presentation was segmented in a group with other two interesting presentations, “A Silent Journey: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Storytelling – Inés Gregori-Labarta” by Inés Gregori-Labarta and “Non-Linear Storytelling” by Chris Walker and Lara Munden. The whole weekend was actually full of many fascinating topics and presentations, as well as so many interesting chats.

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Three days in completely immersive environment in a hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. I didn’t put a foot outside the hotel until the conference was finished, because I simply didn’t have time. I was too busy attending sessions, or talking to people. Multi-stream programme was organised perfectly by lovely Seraphima. After twitter and email acquaintance over the last few months, it was a pleasure to meet her in person.

I came away from the weekend in high spirit, excited about returning to the NAWE in 2017. What’s great about a good conference is that it leaves you bursting with ideas. They may not be ground-breaking, new ideas, but just the process of conversing with like minded people, seeing somethings from a new/different perspective than your own can lead to future projects. It can leave you full of  creative energy. And that is after all what we all love and seek to express. 

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5 Responses to “NAWE 2016 Conference Report”

  1. Nathan Ohren December 13, 2016 at 18:22 # Reply

    Dear Dolly, thanks for this summary of what sounds to be an excellent conference, putting the art of writing styles into the science of education and training. I would love to get a copy of your report “Handwriting in the Digital Age,” as I have worked on a tangential project and it would be interesting to read your ideas! Many thanks.

    • Dolly Garland December 20, 2016 at 02:43 # Reply

      Hi Nathan,

      Thank you for your message. I will upload a copy of the paper shortly (either in December or early Jan at the latest).

      I will be sure to post about it on Social Media.

      Happy Holidays!

  2. Glenda December 14, 2016 at 22:34 # Reply

    Dolly, thanks for sharing. I too am quite interested in your report! I hope you plan to share or make available for download!

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