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 (5)

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. **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. 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 : )

How to thrive as a writer with Martin Edwards

Online event

£20.00

How do you stay motivated as an emerging writer? How do you make the most of your talents and build your career (and morale) while contending with the ups and downs of the writing life? Writing is such a deeply personal activity that there are no ‘rules’ that suit everyone – so how do you figure out what will work best for you? In this virtual round table talk and discussion, Martin Edwards offers practical guidance derived from a long and distinguished career as a novelist, critic, and editor. He masterminded, 'Howdunit', fresh off the press and containing invaluable advice from such authors as Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, and John Le Carre. Martin will talk about his personal journey as a writer and draw on many years of tackling the challenges facing us as writers, whatever genre we're writing in, or stage of the game we're at. The pandemic has brought particular challenges for many of us, but our concerns are timeless. We will discuss motivation, coping with rejection, writer’s block, improvisation techniques, dealing with editors, and varying what you write. Above all, this is a chance for you to put your own concerns and questions to a multi-award winning author whose enthusiasm for writing remains as fresh as ever after decades on the literary roller coaster. The editor of 'Howdunit', a new writing masterclass published by HarperCollins, Martin Edwards is the latest winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in UK crime writing, awarded for the sustained excellence of his work. He is the author of nineteen novels, most recently Mortmain Hall and Gallows Court. His books have received numerous major awards in the UK and United States, and he has published seventy short stories as well as editing forty anthologies of crime writing. www.martinedwardsbooks.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Edwards_(author) https://doyouwriteunderyourownname.blogspot.com/ @medwardsbooks Facebook - @MartinEdwardsBooks 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 : )

On working with Literary Agents Q&A

Online event

£10.00

There's a lot of information out there about finding the right agent for you and your debt novel but not enough information that tells you how the process works in practical terms. Over the last ten years of running events for London Writers' Cafe, working in publishing and attending countless writing events and festivals, I've heard the same advice over and over from more than 25 literary agents about their selection process, their likes and dislikes, and I thought I'd bring that real-world information to all of you. It's important to me that, as members of LWC, you have a good working knowledge about writing, agents and publishing. More than your peers who aren't members at the very least! It's my job as Chair to make sure you have all the facts, whether you're submitting right now or plan to in the future. I don't want anyone to be making rookie errors on my watch. In this session, I'll give a quick outline of the submission process from agent to bookseller, plus all of the tips and advice I think you absolutely must know, and then let you ask me anything (absolutely anything) you want to know or better understand about finding, meeting and working with agents. I know a lot of you have many questions! I hope you'll come along. Cheers, Lisa *** HOW TO JOIN: Please click the link provided. BlueJeans software (it's just like Zoom) works best if used in a Firefox or Chrome web browser. Costs: £10, please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. 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. HOSTED ONLINE via video conferencing link that works in most web browsers. Chrome and Firefox are best. You won't need to download the BlueJeans app unless viewing on an iPad/MAC.

Online (Zoom) Creative Writing Workshop

Online event

£7.50

Writers improve with quality peer feedback and exposure to a wide range of styles and genres. Join us to hear what other members are working on, get notes on your own work-in-progress (when you’re ready) or just be there to see how we work (it’s fine to come along and listen). Workshop sessions are open to writers of all forms of fiction - novels, short stories, scripts etc. Sessions are friendly and the format is simple; four writers volunteer to read their work for applause, discussion and feedback from the group. Make a comment below if you'd like to read at this meeting. Slots are assigned by first ask, first served. Only FOUR places per meeting. Please be sure to RSVP before requesting a reading spot. READERS MUST EMAIL IN THEIR PIECES AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE SESSION. Pls send to [masked] ****A reading slot is roughly 10-15 minutes of reading (practice reading aloud beforehand to make sure your piece fills the time slot) and then 10-15 minutes spent on feedback from the group. Feedback is moderated and is always constructive and respectful. PLEASE NOTE: Booking a reading slot but failing to show up will mean removal from the group. **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. Zoom will then automatically connect your computer to the session. Costs: £7.50, please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. Refunds will only be provided if the meetup is cancelled by admin, no exceptions. Also, we cannot accept cash payment on the door. Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: http://www.meetup.com/meetup_api/apps/ Instructions on how to change your RSVP: http://help.meetup.com/customer/portal/articles/615554 For help with PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/helpcenter/helphub/home/ Any questions, please post a comment below and an organiser will respond.

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Online (Zoom) Creative Writing Workshop

Online event

£7.50

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