Next Meetup

Publishing round table: Genre vs. Plot with Jon Appleton
Hi all, expert editor, writer and publisher, Jon Appleton, will be coming in to talk with us all about genre vs. plot and what to do if you feel like your story crosses too many genres or you're struggling to identify where it would sit on the bookshelves (not always easy!). As we all know, editors and agents are obsessed by genre because it tells them how to sell your book but when you're writing it's not always easy to give your story a simple label. Jon is coming in to help. He'll also be able to give advice on plot/structure ideas and fixes that might be helping or hindering your genre-decision making. You'll be doing a short writing exercise (so bring a notebook) to show you how your story wins every time against the evil machinations of genre and plot. This session is a relaxed Q&A round table where Jon will give a brief overview and then we'll open it up to questions from all of you on genre, plotting, structure and how they all work together to sell your book. I hope to see you there! Best wishes, Lisa Cost: £20 per ticket. Please pay by paypal when you RSVP and refunds cannot be given unless the meetup is cancelled by admin so make sure your schedule is free before you book your place! Cheers. Location: The Savoy Tup is minutes walk from Charing Cross station and Waterloo Bridge. 2 Savoy St, London WC2R 0BA Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: Instructions on how to change your RSVP: For help with PayPal:

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What we're about

Public Group

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At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives unpublished and emerging fiction writers a place to find constructive feedback on their work and learn more about the path to being published, finding the right agent,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

Our criteria is very simple: you must live in London and be writing fiction. 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.

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 (

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 ( 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 ( Tweet with us @ldnwriterscafe ( or connect with writing competitions via our group on Facebook ( 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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