Irenosen Okojie is to open Comma Press' National Creative Writing Industry Day, which will be held as a week-long online conference this year.
Held in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, the conference will run from 26th to 30th October, and include author talks, panel discussions with industry professionals and pitching workshops with literary agents. The full programme is still to be announced.
Okojie, whose novels include the Betty Trask award-winning Butterfly Fish, will open the conference with a keynote speech, which will be free to watch. She said: "I'm thrilled to be opening the sixth National Creative Writing Industry Conference. This vital, inspiring conference energises aspiring writers. I'm looking forward to sharing experiences on finding my authorial voice, navigating the industry and methods to staying curious about the world which connects us to the writing process in rewarding ways."
The conference will run free panel discussions with industry professionals throughout the week, and will offer two-day £20 ticketed packages which will include one workshop and one meeting with a literary agent.
Reduced ticket prices are available to residents living in Manchester and under-represented writers. The conference can be accessed via the National Creative Writing Industry Conference website.
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