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.
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.