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

**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. 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 and writing guides available to help move you forward. 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. 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 create authentic settings and build atmosphere with Sarah Ward

Along with relatable characters and a compelling plot, setting is a key element in successful fiction. Too often setting is overlooked when writing a novel, yet it is crucial to building atmosphere and anchoring your narrative for the reader. Using extracts from novels and through practical exercises, Sarah will look at elements such as fictional locations versus real ones, the importance of both urban and rural landscapes and how the weather, the seasons, and even time of day will help build mood for your reader. Sarah Ward is the author of four DC Childs novels set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives. She was a 2015 Amazon Rising Star, 'A Patient Fury' was The Observer's Thriller of the Month in 2017, and 'The Shrouded Path' an Amazon kindle top ten bestseller. Her new gothic thriller, 'The Quickening', written under the name of Rhiannon Ward was published this month. Oh, and she is a former member ofLWC! Sarah is an Associate Board Member of Derby Book Festival and Membership Secretary of the Crime Writers Association, and is currently working on her sixth novel. **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. 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: This session will be online and I will send out the Zoom link and password (just download the app) and any reading materials from Zelda in advance of the class. Hoorah! 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 : )

Line editing short fiction with Christopher Allen

Online event

£20.00

If you're writing short stories and flash fiction, every word matters and clarity in your writing is essential. Join this online workshop with Christopher Allen, Editor-in-Chief of SmokeLong Quarterly, an online literary magazine dedicated to flash narrative, on how to make every word count and learn how to make every sentence in your stories shine. We talk so much about structural editing and knowing when to abandon an entire scene, character or subplot to make changes in your story's pace and narrative, but knowing when to make infinitesimal change at sentence level can make all the difference too. After this workshop, you'll have more confidence to rewrite (or even delete!) a clunky sentence to improve instantly anything your write. Christopher will share his tips for line editing your own work in this one-hour workshop and then you'll have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A. This session is limited to 25 attendees. I hope you can join in. Cheers, Lisa *** Christopher Allen is the editor-in-chief of SmokeLong Quarterly and the author of the flash fiction collection Other Household Toxins (Matter Press). His work has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2019, Indiana Review, Booth, Split Lip Magazine, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere. He is a regular workshop leader at the UK Flash Fiction Festival and has been a teacher for almost three decades. Usually a nomad, Allen is stranded these days at his home in Munich, Germany. Follow him @Christopher_All Read more about SmokeLong Quaterly at http://www.smokelong.com/ *** HOW TO JOIN: Please use the link provided. BlueJeans software (it's just like Zoom) works best if used in a Firefox or Chrome web browser. Simply cut and paste the URL link to join. Costs: £20, 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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