What we're about

Fiction writers, hello! If you're in need of a writing group of like-minded individuals - congratulations, you've found it. Welcome.

At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives emerging fiction writers a place to find constructive feedback on their work. Join us and learn more about finding the right agent or publishers, writing more frequently, editing your own work and becoming more confident through professional talks, critique and workshops.

We were founded in June 2006 in a lovely pub near Liverpool Street.

Our writers are at every stage of the writing process from first sentence to seeking an agent so it doesn't matter if you've been writing for years, or just a few months, we're here for everyone and we'd love to meet you. All membership requests are reviewed before approval so please answer the questions we've asked in a sentence or two.

Lastly, we don't believe in groups where everyone is forced to contribute/offer feedback *shudder* so we'll never pressure anyone to read before they're ready. Read more from Lisa on what makes a quality writing group (http://www.publishingtalk.eu/writing/thinking-of-joining-a-writing-group-ask-yourself-these-8-questions-first/).

Group feedback and writing advice sessions

In our regular writing workshops, members volunteer to read up to 3,500 words in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Reading spaces are 30 minutes long; time enough to read and hear feedback from the group. Feedback is moderated so it's practical, constructive and encouraging - we're not in the business of killing dreams but we are here to help each writer improve. We also have sessions of writing together where pieces are not shared and it's all about getting words on the page.

Talks, workshops & socials with publishing professionals

In addition to creative writing critiques and writing sessions, we host an array of professional seminars and technical writing workshops on elements of craft i.e. charchaterisation, pacing, plot, tension and much more that are taught by literary agents, editors, book doctors, script writers and publishers.

We're also know for our memorable social events and parties.

We hope to meet you very soon and happy writing!

Lisa & Liz

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Socialise with us

Tweets about writing, publishing and competitions: https://twitter.com/LDNwriterscafe

The place to find links to competitions, writing opportunities and invitations to submit on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ldnwriterscafe/

Fun facts, advice articles and links on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/londonwriterscafe/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/londonwriterscafe/ (https://www.instagram.com/londonwriterscafe/?hl=en)

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A note about advertising and promotional requests:

If you'd like to promote a competition, paid writing job or publishing opportunity to our writers, join our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ldnwriterscafe/) and post a link directly with our members and friends. NOTE: All posts are reviewed by Lisa on their suitability for our writers - and many are rejected because they don't match our needs - but posts we love are shared on with delight. Thank you.

Upcoming events (4)

Write Together

Online event

£7.50

Finding time to write can be a challenge and procrastination our biggest enemy. In these sessions we'll gather together to actually sit down and write! You might use this session to progress a current project or simply to get in some practice at writing characters, POV, voice and pacing etc. The focus of this session is on personal writing time, but there will be some creative exercises available to help move you forward. We'll also be doing a writing sprint! You'll leave with lots of new motivation for your writing projects. Costs: £7.50 per session. Follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP and refunds will only be offered if the meetup is cancelled. After you RSVP you'll see a link in the event location box. Just click on this at the time and date of the workshop. Zoom will then automatically connect your computer to the session. Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: http://www.meetup.com/meetup_api/apps/ and PLEASE DO CHANGE YOUR RSVP BY CLICKING THE CROSS IF YOU FIND YOU CAN NO LONGER ATTEND ONCE BOOKED. Many thanks : )

Narrative Structure Masterclass w/Ian Pike

Online event

£20.00

How do you plan and plot stories? What makes for a strong story? And how does the correct preparation make writing the first draft so much better? In this broad scope workshop we'll be tackling: Beginnings and endings, The best way to approach theme, Avoiding cliches, Self editing, Exploring the spine of a story, Pitching Working with obstacles, Playing with jeopardy, Looking at character turning points, Giving your audience what they want, but not in the way they are expecting it, Handling subtext, Finding the true purpose of every scene, Flirting with pace, Balancing your action and dialogue, AND with one or two suggested further resources to investigate later. It's safe to say you'll leave this session with a much tighter grasp on narrative structure! Not just aimed at writers of scripts; this masterclass will offer plenty of useful insights for fiction writers of all genres. Time will also be given for questions and the option to discuss participants' own writing in relation to the material covered in the workshop. Ian Pike has been writing professionally for over 25 years and will share his experiences, insights and tips gleaned from working across just about every broadcast genre, as well as published books for children. These will take the form of his rules of writing, which have been collected and honed, working on, among others, dramas, soaps and sitcoms, sketch shows, adapted horror stories and commissioned original work, as well as long running prime time programmes. Some of his career highlights include writing an original comedy drama for Armstrong and Miller, a sitcom for Angela Griffin and Stephen Graham, the BBC 3 series The Fear and at the moment he can be found working on the current series of Have I Got News For You, with two original sit coms in development, and a children’s comedy for CBBC. Ian has traveled the world talking about his work, recently visiting Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Kuala Lumpur. More information on Ian's work can be found at: www.ianpike.co.uk www.independenttalent.com/writers/ian-pike/ Costs: £20, please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. and Refunds will only be offered if the meetup is cancelled by admin, no exceptions, and in the rare event of speakers cancelling, we reserve the right to provide an alternative but equivalent speaker. Location: Zoom password no longer required. After you RSVP you'll see a link in the event location box. Just click on this at the time and date of the workshop and Zoom will automatically connect your computer to the session. Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: http://www.meetup.com/meetup_api/apps/ and PLEASE DO CHANGE YOUR RSVP BY CLICKING THE CROSS IF YOU FIND YOU CAN NO LONGER ATTEND ONCE BOOKED. Many thanks : )

Liz's book launch!

Online event

Hi all, As many of you know, my debut children's book (9-12 yrs), The Unfortunate Archibald Marble, will be published on November 21st. As a physical launch isn't possible I'm going to do a wee online event and I'd love you to join me. If you'd like a copy, signed pre-orders are available until Nov 8th via https://bollweevilpress.com/product/preorder-the-unfortunate-archibald-marble/ and you should have them in hand by the 26th : ) So come and join me in a sip of something bubbly and a cheeky surprise I made earlier ;) Love Liz x

Lit Pub Quiz & End-of-Year Shenanigans (Online)

Online event

£3.00

Hi all, We'd like to celebrate another year over (what a doozy!) with a quiz party evening, hosted by us, on all things bookish and a prize for the best party outfit (think hats, glasses, headpieces and backdrops). It won't be just a quiz though, we'll have a few other surprise activities in there too. Hope to see you there for some mingling on screens and other hijinks no doubt. Hosted online alas and login details to follow. Please bring your favourite drink and nibbles. Cheers, Lisa We're asking for £3 donation if you'd like to join us. This money helps us to fund organising events and paying guest speakers next year.

Past events (527)

Creative Writing Workshop

Online event

£7.50

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