Oxford Speechwriters’ & Business Communicators’ Conference 2023

22 - 24 March 2023
  • Start: Wed 10am
  • End: Fri 12pm
  • Venue: Brasenose College
  • Address: Oxford, OX1 4AJ
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22nd UK Speechwriters’ Guild/European Speechwriter Network Conference.

Our conferences are open to people who write speeches in their organisations.

We welcome advanced speechwriters, beginners and those interested in developing skills for the future.

You’ll meet colleagues who face the same challenges.

The European Speechwriter Network, working with the UK Speechwriters’ Guild, has pioneered a format where we listen to top speechwriters, leaders and interpreters talk about their work.

We learn what techniques they use, how they craft stories and how they build relationships. We host our conferences in a university environment, enabling speechwriters to exchange ideas, make contacts and build a reputation.

Who should attend?

Previous conferences in Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin have attracted speechwriters from four Prime Ministers’ offices, the European Commission, NATO, Airbus, BMW, IBM, the CBI, Orange, Deloitte, the United Nations, the European Investment Bank, Coca Cola as well as the Dutch, Danish and British civil service.

This conference is for anyone wanting to improve their ability to write and deliver speeches.

While the conference is predominantly in English, the techniques will be transferable to other languages.

It’s also for people wishing to improve their company’s ability to communicate ideas.

The benefits

  • Acquire techniques used in the White House, European institutions and and in numerous government and multinational offices around Europe
  • Get insights into rhetoric from top writers
  • Listen to outstanding public speakers
  • Have your own work analysed in interactive sessions with top trainers
  • Meet fellow professionals from Europe and the rest of the world




DAY 1 – Pre-conference Training

Wednesday 22 March – Delegates can choose from three pre-conference training workshops:

Lawrence McEnerney – TBA
Click here for a more detailed summary of the workshop




Full Conference

Thursday 23 March – Conference takes place in the Amersi Room

10am – 4.30pm

Speakers include: Jess Cunniffe,

7.30pm – Conference Banquet

Enjoy a three-course banquet in Brasenose College dining hall.

Contact us if you would like to compete for the Fred Metcalf Memorial Trophy by delivering a 2-minute after-dinner speech.



Conference continues

Friday 24 March –

10am – 12.30pm

Speakers include: 

12.30pm – Conference closes

1pm – Optional lunch in the Nosebag, St Michael’s Street

2.00pm – Optional tour of the Oxford Union Debating Society

What you will learn and leave with

  • A better understanding of what makes an effective speech
  • Insights on how to work with multilingual audiences
  • Tips for managing your speakers
  • Strategies for dealing with interpreters
  • New contacts, ideas and perspectives on the trade


Pre-Conference Trainers

Lawrence McEnerney

Former director of the Writing Program at University of Chicago.





Jess Cunniffe MBE

Jessica has written speeches for over a decade. She was speechwriter to two prime ministers in 10 Downing Street, during which she penned David Cameron’s 2015 party conference address.

She went on to help write his bestselling memoir, For the Record. Today she writes for cabinet ministers, CEOs, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.



David Murray


David is founder and executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association, and also the Executive Communication Council. He’s also editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day magazine, and author of the communicator’s manifesto, An Effort to Understand: Hearing One Another (and Ourselves) in a Nation Cracked in Half (Disruption Books, 2021).




Guy Doza

Guy has a degree from Royal Holloway’s Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric. His research was focused on the application of classical rhetoric in modern speechwriting. He runs training courses for political writers in parliament. He has worked with a number of ministerial offices and trained Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and SNP speechwriters.

As well as his political work he has also written for a range of private clients ranging from executives at BP to academics at leading universities. Guy will be chairing the conference.



More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks…while we do our best to make sure all speakers on the programme will appear on the day, we cannot be responsible for any unforeseen cancellations.


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For an Early-Bird Residential Pre-Conference Training + Conference Pass (Wed, Thu & Fri), the cost is £1575 + VAT. For other prices please press the ‘Tickets’ button to pay by credit card through Eventbrite.

If you prefer for us to send you an invoice instead of paying through Eventbrite, please send an email and we will send you one. If you need to separate the costs into two invoices – one for training, the other for accommodation, we’re happy. Just email and ask.


Cancellation Policy

Bookings will not be accepted unless accompanied by payment and cancellations must be received no later than one month (28 days) before the conference if a full refund is to be given.

Cancellations received within 2 to 4 weeks of the first date of conference will be refunded 50%. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 14 days.

However, we are happy to discuss transferring your ticket to a future conference in the event that you can’t attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

Get to Oxford

By Air

Oxford is within easy reach of London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Birmingham International Airport.

By Train

If you arrive in the UK by Eurostar, there is a fast and frequent rail service from London Paddington.

By Coach

Coaches leave Victoria coach station at frequent intervals.


We recommend you take rooms in Brasenose College to enjoy the ‘campus’ experience. Some of the rooms are student rooms with a basin, but no ensuite toilet. What you lose in convenience, you often gain from a view and Harry Potter charm. If you absolutely want to have an ensuite room, you can buy tickets without accommodation and find accommodation elsewhere in Oxford.


There are a limited number of places available at a discount to people in full-time education who are considering a career in speechwriting. Details on application.

Join our Network

Membership of the UK Speechwriters’ Guild or European Speechwriter Network entitles you to a £50 discount on the conference fee.

You can follow the European Speechwriter Network on Twitter @EUSpeechwriters

You can apply to join our Linkedin group, European Speechwriter Network

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