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
Socialise with us
Tweets about writing, publishing and competitions: https://twitter.com/LDNwriterscafe
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The place to find links to competitions, writing opportunities and invitations to submit on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ldnwriterscafe/
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.