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The National Academy of Writing Public Edit - Emma Healey

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15th March 2016 - 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 winner Emma Healey will talk about her 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 4th March. 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.

Emma Healey

Emma Healey grew up in London where she completed her first degree in bookbinding and was the third generation of women in her family to go to art college. She then worked for two libraries, two bookshops, two art galleries and two universities, and was busily pursuing a career in the art world before writing overtook everything. In 2008, after the death of one grandmother and the decline of the other, she began to explore the idea of dementia in fiction, and she moved to Norwich in 2010 to study for the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. Her first novel, Elizabeth is Missing, was published to critical acclaim in 2014, became a Sunday Times bestseller and won the Costa First Novel Award.

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.