The Writers’ Conference 2018 

Saturday 3rd March – against the odds

Late in February, 2018, a sudden stratospheric warming made temperatures in the Arctic rise, causing the jet stream to weaken and disrupt the flow of warm air which moves from the Atlantic towards Britain. It brought with it the coldest weather experienced on the isle since 1991, some 27 years before.

On March 3rd 2018, Writing East Midlands held its traditionally-annual Writers’ Conference at Nottingham Trent University. With a packed programme of speakers and stallholders, masterclasses and key-note speakers, delegates were travelling from far-and-wide, all over the country.

See the correlation?

Yes, one of the first challenges to the writers at this year’s conference was to get there. Thankfully, with a day to go, the weather made a subtle shift, making travel safe (enough), and we were able to welcome most of the people who were due to attend. There were a few last-minute amendments to the programme, and some heroic step-ins from our brilliant network of writing professionals, but the conference continued – exhibiting the fortitude us writers need – and delivered a day of provocative and informative talks, challenging workshops, networking opportunities and a boat load of warmth from the region’s writing community.

Highlights included a rousing keynote from poetry pioneer Malika Booker, an insightful opening by Booker-longlisted Richard House and lots of industry insight from (amongst many others) Jonathan Emmett, Mashuda Snaith, Emteaz Hussain, Kim Slater, Stephen Booth, literary agent Kate Barker and four modern-themed workshops by Nottingham Trent University.

We also welcomed The Society of Authors, The Writer’s Guild, Five Leaves Bookshop, Arts Council England, Nottingham Writers Studio, The Literary Consultancy, Arvon and Bromley House Library in our market place, and in some cases on our panels.

photographs by Electric Egg


“I can’t remember the last time I learnt so much in a single day.” – Kristina Adams, writer and conference attendee.

2019 will be a fallow year for the conference, as we explore other opportunities and look at ways of developing the event for the future.

Thank you to our hosts Nottingham Trent University, thank you to everyone who came, thank you for every inspiring word spoken and heard. See you in 2020.