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The 2023 Freelancers' Awayday Programme

We are thankful to Weblink Software for being the main sponsor of the 2023 Awayday. Weblink Software specializes in transforming print-based ELT and educational content into high-quality digital material for delivery in online platforms. 

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PROGRAMME FOR THURSDAY 21.09.23 (complete)

At the voco® Oxford Spires Hotel

5pm Walk & Talk Networking (free event for all)
Freelancers and Publishers are warmly invited to join the ELTpp team for a 'walk & talk' by the River Thames. All weathers; bring appropriate clothing. 

Meet outside the hotel foyer. No ticket necessary.

6pm Social drink (free event for all)

Everyone is welcome to join us in the hotel bar for a relaxed chat. Awayday newbies are particularly welcome – we'll be looking out for you. 
Purchase your own drinks. No ticket necessary. 

19.30 – 22.00 Pre-conference dinner (ticketed)

This social dinner is a great opportunity for Freelancers and Publishers to mingle and meet before the conference. The evening includes a range of grill options (dietary requirements catered for), dessert, and a fun collaborative quiz during the latter part of the evening. We are very grateful to Caroline Krantz, who is a well-known ELT author and an FPP member, for preparing and hosting the quiz. 



Click on underlined talk titles to jump to speaker details or look at the full list of speakers.

09.00 – Arrival, refreshments, networking

09.30 – Welcome and introduction


09.50AI and Accessibility key challenges and opportunities in digital content creation by Ian Johnstone, Max Bondi and Nadine Hartley from Avallain

10.50 – Top tips for networking

11.00 – Refreshments, networking, exhibition stands

11.302022 Survey of Freelance ELT Editorial Rates & Fees and 2023 Survey of Freelance ELT Author Rates & Fees: summary of findings and key points arising

12.00Buzzwords and current trends
A series of 5-minute lightning talks presented by Educational and ELT experts

12.50 – Hot & cold buffet lunch (Restaurant & Cardinal Suite)

14.00Post-lunch dynamic networking 

A dynamic organised networking session to combat the post-lunch slump! Move around a little and meet potentially useful business contacts in a fun and supported environment.

Led by Helen Holwill.

14.45Examining Nuance in DEI: A workshop for reviewing materials by Amina Douidi

15.30 – Refreshments, networking, exhibition stands

16.00Panel discussion with industry experts: 
A round up of the day, with discussion and questions from the floor on current challenges and opportunities for our industry. 


17.00 End of sessions & 'survivors' photo in front of the hotel. 

This session is sponsored by
National Geographic Learning.

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This event is sponsored and led by Rachael Roberts of Earn Learn Thrive Ltd

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The panel is sponsored by
Oxford University Press.

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Which organisations are represented?

These organisations have exhibition stands:


Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading

Creative Listening (ELT media production)

Earn Learn Thrive (ELT Business & Mindset Coach)

ELI Publishing Group

Lemonade Illustration Agency

Lottie Galpin (DEI Specialist)

National Geographic Learning

Oxford University Press

Rascom I.T. (I.T. sales and support)


York Press

The following have one or more representatives attending the day:

Digital Learning Associates (video production)

ELT Teacher 2 Writer (developing ELT writing skills)

EMC Design (design agency; publishing services)

Garnet Education

Haremi (publishing services)

Hyphen SA (publishing services)

Just Content (publishing services)

Ladybird Education; Penguin Random House

Macmillan Education

Newgen Publishing UK (publishing services)

PAH Accounting

The Content Station (publishing services)

Tom, Dick and Debbie Productions

Troika (publishing services)

Weblink Software (publishing services)

Who is the day aimed at?

Sessions are aimed at a broad range of roles within the Educational and English Language Teaching sectors of publishing. Our main audience consists of freelancers, but many representatives of publishing houses and other organisations operating in the educational publishing industry also attend, so it is a great opportunity for networking.


Venue: The voco® Oxford Spires Hotel

The Oxford Spires Hotel is just over a mile from Oxford train station. This recently refurbished venue offers:

  • excellent conference facilities

  • terrace alongside the main conference room

  • free parking (you must register your car at the reception desk)

  • free superfast wi-fi

  • sit-down hot/cold lunch, and refreshments

  • overnight accommodation at a reduced rate to delegates.


Accommodation is not included in the ticket prices. Find out about travel and accommodation.

FREE professional head-shot photos

Creative Listening is again offering the chance for you to have a free professional head-shot photo taken. 

FREE 1-2-1 sessions with an accountant

Phil Hendy of PAH Accounting is well known to many of our members and is offering free, 1-2-1, pre-bookable 15-minute sessions for those based in the UK. 

FREE laptop check-up/clean up
Robert Stokes of Rascom I.T. gives remote I.T. support, supplies equipment and offers an ongoing 5% discount on hardware for FPP members. He will be selling discounted USB memory sticks, external hard disk drives, webcams, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc. at the Awayday and is also offering a popular free while-you-wait laptop check and clean-up. 


This event has been organised with reference to the Sustainability guidelines for conference organisers document, sourced from ELT Footprint. Find out more about the measures we actively take to reduce our environmental impact

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