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The National Academy of Writing Public Edit - Benjamin Wood

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26th November 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


The National Academy of Writing presents a two-hour masterclass offering essential insights into the skills you need to craft a complete, thoroughly-edited manuscript. 

The first hour is the unique NAW Public Edit. Everyone attending this event may submit a text of up to 2000 words, in any genre of fiction or narrative non-fiction. Two texts will be chosen at random and distributed to the audience in advance - novelist, non-fiction writer and NAW Director Richard Beard will then publicly edit these texts, working on the principle that writers face similar challenges and an edit for one is an edit for all. 

In the second hour, Costa First Novel Award- and Commonwealth Book Prize-shortlisted author Benjamin Wood will talk about his process as a writer, taking the 'pen or word-processor?' question seriously. How do writers get the work done? What does it take to fix the words on the page? 

There will be plenty of time for questions.  

After booking, please send your public edit submissions to by Friday 20th November. This is optional and two selected texts will be circulated ahead of the event. 

Speaker Profiles

Richard Beard

Richard Beard has published three books of narrative non-fiction and six novels including Lazarus is Dead and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and his latest novel is Acts of the Assassins.

Benjamin Wood

Benjamin Wood was born in 1981 and grew up in northwest England. His first novel The Bellwether Revivals was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and in France won Le Prix du Roman Fnac. Film rights to the novel have been sold to NOHO Film & Television in a collaboration with BBC Films.

After living in Istanbul as the British Council's Writer in Residence Benjamin Wood’s second novel The Ecliptic was published by Scribner (UK) in July 2015.

Event details

The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 6pm, with drinks provided upon arrival.

Drinks will start at 6pm and your editorial workshop begins at 6.30pm prompt, finishing at 8.30pm.