NAWGFest Information

NAWGFest 2017

Welcome to the NAWGFest area. Here you'll find general information about the festival. There are also plenty of links to pages with more detailed information.

Latest Festival News
  • We'll be going back to the University of Warwick for NAWGFest 2017, so mark your diary now: 1st—4th September.
  • Peter Robinson will be speaking after the Gala Dinner.
  • Note that there is now an optional extra Monday for the festival.
  • There will be an Open Mic event on Friday evening. Your chance to entertain us.
  • Meet the agents. A Q&A session with Hattie Grunewald and Kate Nash.

Festival Dates

Here are the NAWGFest dates. You can click on the event titles for more details.

Event Dates Venue Notes & Highlights
NAWGFest 2017 1st—4th Sep. University of Warwick The next one. Mark your diary now!
Previous events…
NAWGFest 2016 2nd—4th Sep. University of Warwick The most recent festival. After-dinner speaker was Gervase Phinn.
Festival 2015 4th—6th Sep. University of Warwick Welcome reception by Lady Emma & Lord Julian Fellowes. After-dinner speaker was Lynne Hackles.
Festival 2014 29th—31st Aug. University of Warwick After-dinner speaker was David Nobbs.
Festival 2013 ? ?

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Festival 2012 ? University of Nottingham
Festival 2011 ? University of Nottingham
Festival 2002 ? University of Durham

What is the Festival?

On the weekend after the August Bank Holiday, both NAWG members and like-minded writers with a broad spectrum of abilities, get together for an exceptional weekend, focussed on improving their writing.

It's a memorable weekend, which includes the use of: a fitness suite, a heated swimming pool, and workshops in state of the art classrooms. Meals created by a top chef and excellent en-suite facilities with showers.

It's an open festival, so all are welcome to join us. Don't be shy we are a friendly group.

Festival Venue

Here are the venues for the events. Follow the links for more details.

  • University of Warwick: where we've held the most recent festivals. We'll be going back there for the next one.
  • University of Nottingham: where previous festivals took place.

Workshops & Talks

The main educational components of NAWGFest are the tutored workshops. The format of these varies slightly from year to year, but you'll have a wide range of sessions to choose from.

In addition, there will be free talks to attend, if you wish.

Full details can be found in the brochure and on the NAWGFest 2017 page.


In addition to the main workshops and lectures, there will be a wide variety of additional activities you can take part in. Previous festivals' activities have included:

  • Open Mic session – your five minutes of fame,
  • Marketplace for selling books and other items,
  • Meet the author; readings from books,
  • Mini-tales competition,
  • Grand raffle.

Full details can be found in the brochure and on the NAWGFest 2017 page.

Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

One of the highlights of the festival is the Gala Dinner and its related entertainment, which takes place on the Saturday evening.

Following the dinner, is the After-dinner Talk. Each year we have a different guest speaker to entertain us.

Then we have the Awards Ceremony, where the winners of the NAWG members' competitions are announced.

Brochure & Booking

There's a great deal of useful information in our festival brochure, which you can download using the links below. Note that the brochure also contains a single booking form. If you don't want the brochure, or require additional booking forms, then you can download them separately.

NAWGFest 2017

Full Brochure


32 pages A5 + cover

(includes booking form)

NAWGFest 2017

Booking Form


2 pages A4


Prices & Payment

Please see our full price list for details on how much it costs and how you can pay.

In summary, there are three ways to pay:

  • Online using PayPal.
  • By posting us a cheque with your booking form.
  • By bank transfer using BACS.

Full details of the payment options are given in the price list.


If you've lost any of your NAWGFest documents, then don't worry, help is at hand. You can download them again from here, ready to print out or use on your mobile devices.

Document Description Links
Booking form For 2017 bookings. ViewPDFWord
Brochure The full brochure for 2017, including booking form. ViewPDFWord
Mini-tale form Entry form for the 100 words mini-tales festival competition. Coming soon…
Campus map Map of the University of Warwick campus. ViewDownload
Please note that the documents listed below are for NAWGFest 2016, not the forthcoming festival.
FAQ Frequently asked questions from UoW. ViewPDF
Delegate instructions Conference delegate joining instructions from UoW. ViewPDF
Festival timetable Workshops, talks, activities, meal times. ViewPDF
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