National Writers’ Conference 2018

The National Writers’ Conference took place on Saturday 30 June 2018 at the Bramall Music Building on the University of Birmingham campus.

Over 150 people turned out on a beautiful sunny day to hear from keynote speakers Shoo Rayner and Jo Bell, and take part in workshops, breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

Jo Bell delivering her keynote speech at National Writers’ Conference 2018.

Poet Jo Bell’s keynote speech on Confidence struck a particular chord, and Jo has been kind enough to let us have the text so you can read it at your leisure.

Download it here: Confidence keynote by Jo Bell

The National Writers’ Conference helps writers of all skill levels to develop their craft and sustain their creative careers.

You can see the full schedule here.

Next year’s National Writers’ Conference will be Saturday 22 June. Details will be released in April 2019.


In 2017, our keynote speakers were poet Andrew McMillan and Aki Schilz, Director of The Literary Consultancy. If you missed the event, we’ve been lucky enough to have the text of Aki’s address for you to read. You can also read Andrew McMillan’s thought-piece for The Guardian which sets out a lot of what he spoke about at the Conference.


The National Writers’ Conference is presented in partnership with University of Birmingham, and supported by ALCS. We are also grateful for the support of our many panelists and speakers and their organisations.



Bramall     University of Birmingham