What we're about

Dear writers, hello! If you're in need of a fiction writing group of like-minded individuals for writing encouragement, advice and support, congratulations you've found it. 
At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives emerging fiction writers a place to find writing support and development for their novels, short stories and scripts. Join us and learn more about finding the right publisher, the motivation to write more frequently, editing your own work, story structure, and become more confident through our professional talks, critique and craft workshops with authors, editors and agents.
Our writers are in the process of writing fiction at every stage so it doesn't matter if you've been writing for years, or just a few short months, we're here for every kind of writer and we'd love to meet you.
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
We were founded in June 2006 in a lovely pub near Liverpool Street with only a few members and now we're a bustling community of 3,800+ members. NOTE: All membership requests are reviewed by Lisa or Elizabeth before approval so please answer the questions we've asked in a sentence or two. You can do better than one word answers.

Group feedback, writing advice & writing sessions 
In our regular CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS, writers 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 and we're not in the business of killing dreams. We're here to give each writer a place to improve their skills as a storyteller.
We also host regular WRITE TOGETHER sessions where it's all about getting words on the page and we offer quick exercises and writing prompts for those of you who need a kick up the bum.
Talks, workshops & socials with publishing professionals
In addition to creative writing critiques and writing together sessions, we host an array of professional seminars and technical writing workshops on elements of craft and creative process i.e. characterisation, pacing, plot, tension and much more that are taught by literary agents, editors, book doctors, script writers and publishers. 
We're also known for our memorable social events and parties. 
We hope to meet you very soon and happy writing!
Lisa & Liz 
Follow on Twitter for more about us. We are: @LisasShare @ElizabethWaight
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Socialise with us
Tweets about writing, publishing and competitions: https://twitter.com/LDNwriterscafe
See our pics on Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/londonwriterscafe/
The place to find links to competitions, writing opportunities and invitations to submit on our Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ldnwriterscafe/
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A note about advertising, competitions and promotional requests:
If you'd like to promote a competition, paid writing job or publishing opportunity to our writers, email us via londonwriterscafe[@]gmail[.]com
NOTE: All proposals are reviewed by Lisa on their suitability for our writers, and many are rejected because they don't match their needs, but posts we love are shared on with delight. Please see our Twitter @ldnwriterscafe for examples of things we've shared. Thank you.

Upcoming events (4+)

Creative Writing Workshop (In Person)

Williamson'S Tavern

£8.50

We're back hosting events in real life. Hope you can join us!
In these fiction writing workshops, we have 3-4 writers reading their work aloud for editorial feedback, advice and encouragement. You're very welcome to come along to listen as you'll not be asked to contribute to the group feedback until you decide to do so. Most writers come along to a few sessions before offering feedback, commenting or requesting to read. Observe first and contribute whenever you want to, that's completely all right by us. You'll be surprised by how much you can learn by listening to others' work and feedback.

For people reading, pieces must be 3,500 words or less as you'll have 15-20mins reading time and 10mins of group feedback (30mins total) and all discussion is moderated by your host. We ensure that all writing feedback is constructive and respectful and we've been running these workshops as a safe place for writers since 2006.

If you'd like to read, please post a comment below. Spots are given on a first ask, first given basis with a couple of reserve spots. You must have booked your place before making a request to read.

If you are reading, please bring 5-10 copies of your pages so members can make additional editing notes for you during the reading. Please notify us by commenting below if you have to pull out of reading after your place has been confirmed. Pulling out too many times may result in us refusing your next request to read.

TICKETS: £8.50 and please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP

NOTE: Refunds will only be provided if the meetup is cancelled by us. No exceptions. We cannot offer credit for another session if you decide not to attend on the day. Please change your status to NOT GOING if you no longer plan to attend. We often have people on the waiting list and we'd hate for them to miss out.

Location: Williamsons Tavern is located in a courtyard off Bow Lane in Cheapside, closest tube station is Bank. Address: 1 Groveland Ct, London EC4M 9EH. Come to the basement room downstairs.

Any questions, please post a comment below, and I'll respond as soon as possible.

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Nailing fight scenes and combat in your fiction with Anna Stephens (In Person)

Williamson'S Tavern

£20.00

Whether it’s a duel to the death with a rapier, a martial arts rumble or a full-scale battle, whichever genre you are writing in there are a surprising number of common elements to be explored and mastered when it comes to building a good fight scene on the page.

In this unique and exciting workshop, Anna Stephens will focus on the nitty-gritty of on-paper fights and combat; from researching tactics and troop movements to what not to take from Hollywood movies, as well as more plot-driven aspects of incorporating fight scenes into your writing. We’ll look at how combat furthers the plot instead of just being a showpiece, and how we can use violence to deepen characterisation.

Anna Stephens is the author of the Godblind trilogy (Godblind, Darksoul, Bloodchild) and The Songs of the Drowned series, which begins with The Stone Knife with The Jaguar Path due out later in 2022. All are available worldwide. Anna also writes for Black Library in their Age of Sigmar and Warhammer Horror worlds, and for Marvel Comics through their tie-in publisher Aconyte Books.
As a black belt in Shotokan Karate and a practitioner of 14th century Italian longsword, Anna’s no stranger to the feeling of being hit in the face, which is more help than you would expect when writing fight scenes!

For more info on Anna:
Twitter: @AnnaSmithWrites
Website: http://anna-stephens.com

Photo credit Jonathan Prime www.jonathanprime.com

TICKETS: £20 and please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. NOTE: Refunds will only be provided if the meetup is cancelled by us. No exceptions. We cannot offer credit for another session if you decide not to attend on the day. Please change your status to NOT GOING if you no longer plan to attend. We often have people on the waiting list and we'd hate for them to miss out.

Location: Williamsons Tavern is located in a courtyard off Bow Lane in Cheapside, closest tube station is Bank. Address: 1 Groveland Ct, London EC4M 9EH. Come to the basement room downstairs.

Any questions, please post a comment below, and I'll respond as soon as possible.

Creative Writing Workshop (online)

Online event

£7.50

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).

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

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 and if you read at my last session, please leave reading spots for this one open to new readers.

****A reading slot is up to 2,500 words, 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. READERS, please have your pieces ready to share on screen, but also upload them here, in case you have issues on the night: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CsgwS93LiIIUsalDkJmhLDVTfYu0yp1U?usp=sharing Many thanks!

LOCATION - After you RSVP you'll see a Google Meet link in the Location box. This link should automatically connect your computer to the session. You will need to use Chrome for optimum use of Google Meet. If you have any problems, comment in the event discussion and I'll try to help. PLEASE NOTE, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO HELP WITH TECHNICAL ISSUES ONCE THE SESSION HAS STARTED, SO PLEASE TEST THE LINK IN ADVANCE.

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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Writing stretch and sprint (online)

Online event

£6.50

In these sessions we'll gather virtually together to actually sit down and write. For the evening session we'll limber up with a writing exercise, then we'll sprint, before finishing up with an hour of free writing time. Boom! You might think it a strange concept to do these sessions online, but they really do work!
Schedule:
6.45pm: Welcome and introductions
7pm: Exercise (30 mins)
7.30pm: Writing sprint (25 mins)
8.00pm: Final push - I hour free writing - develop exercise from earlier, edit writing sprint or keep going with WIP, it’s your time.
9.00pm -HOORAH! Celebrate your hard work with your favourite tipple.

Costs: £6.50 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, a few days before the event. Just click on this at the time and date of the workshop. Google Meets will then automatically connect your computer to the session. Google meets works best with Chrome, so use this browser if possible.

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 : )

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