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Test your cover letter with Agent Lucy Morris
Share your cover letter with Agent Lucy Morris of Curtis Brown for professional feedback and advice. For this session, I've asked Lucy to review our cover letters in advance and share her feedback live with the group on the day. For anyone who was at our event with Lucy in September will know how helpful it is to have an agent's feedback on your submission. Lucy will give live feedback on every letter submitted to this workshop. This is a great opportunity to get feedback from a a highly sought-after literary agent at one of the world's most successful agencies. For those of you working on a novel, I'd love to see you at this meetup (and so would Lucy as she's actively seeking new authors!). I'll collate and print out all submissions but please use this layout: Your name: Letter (please address it to Lucy): NOTE: Anything not sent in the right format will be rejected and you may be denied access to this event. Send your submission to londonwriterscafe(at)gmail.com in a Word Document and use Times New Roman, 12pt font by 5pm on Friday, November 16th. THINGS TO NOTE: • Your novel can be of any genre as this is your chance to hear Lucy's feedback on your covering letter • Your submission must be related to a work of fiction, ideally a novel • Your letter must be 500 words or less • Late submissions won't be accepted More about Lucy Morris: I joined the Curtis Brown Books Department in September 2014 from Bloomsbury Publishing. After three brilliant years working with Karolina Sutton, I am now covering Felicity Blunt's maternity leave and actively building my own list of reading group and accessible literary fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir. In fiction, I look for brilliant social observation and clever storytelling. I’m on the hunt for a great returning detective like Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie or Susie Steiner’s Manon Bradshaw. I’d also be keen to find some stylish suspense in the vein of Patricia Highsmith. Stories about families are guaranteed to pique my interest. I’m a huge fan of Liane Moriarty, and some other recent favourites include Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me, Tin Man by Sarah Winman, and Katherine Heiny’s outstanding short story collection Single, Carefree, Mellow. Read more > https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/agent/lucy-morris Curtis Brown represent authors, playwrights, film and television writers and directors, theatre directors and designers, television and radio presenters and actors. See more > https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/section/about-us Costs: £25.00, please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. NOTE: Refunds will only be provided 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: Star of Kings pub (upstairs room) is located just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross station. Please note that we will start promptly at 12:30pm. 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/

The Star of Kings

126 York Way Kings Cross · London

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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. You must live in London and be writing fiction to join our community.

At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives unpublished and emerging fiction writers a place to find constructive feedback on their work and learn more about how to get published, finding the right agent, writing more frequently or smashing the blocks through galvanising talks, peer critique and workshops.

Our writers are at all stages and levels (from start to submissions) 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. However, all membership requests are reviewed by admins so please answer the questions we've asked - and you'll need to be an approved member before you can RSVP/pay for our sessions. Requests are normally approved within a few days but often faster. Please check your location is marked as London before you ask to join.

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 20-30 minutes long; time enough to read and hear feedback from listeners. Feedback is moderated, constructive and encouraging (we're not in the business of killing dreams). We also have sessions of writing together where pieces are not shared and it's all about getting words on the page. See our calendar (https://www.meetup.com/londonwriterscafe/events/calendar/) for upcoming sessions.

Talks, workshops & socials with publishing professionals

As well as feedback and writing sessions, LWC boasts an array of advice talks with leading professionals (including top Literary Agents, Publishers and Editors), technical writing workshops (characterisation/voice/POV/pacing etc) taught by experts as well as memorable social events and parties.

For writing competitions and thrilling opportunities to submit work to agents, literary journals and publishers and magazines, join our community on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ldnwriterscafe/). Tweet with us @ldnwriterscafe (https://twitter.com/LDNwriterscafe) or connect with writing competitions via our group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ldnwriterscafe/) for extras from our community.

If needs must, send us an email and we'll do our best to send a prompt reply.

We hope to meet you very soon and happy writing!

Lisa & Liz

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