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At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives unpublished and emerging fiction writers a place to find constructive feedback on their work and learn more about how to get published, finding the right agent, writing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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Advertising 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 share your item for free directly with our members. 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 (4)

Creative Writing Workshop (London Bridge)

The George Inn

£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. A reading slot is roughly 10-15 minutes of reading and then 10-15 minutes spent on feedback from the group. Feedback is moderated and is always constructive and respectful. If you are reading, please bring at least 10 copies so members can make additional notes during the reading. NOTE: Booking a slot but failing to show up will mean removal from the group. 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. Location: The George Inn is two minutes walk from London Bridge station (take Borough High Street exit). Please see full address above. We are upstairs in The Talbot Room. It's a huge pub so just ask bar staff if lost! 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.

Creative Writing Workshop (King's Cross)

The Star of Kings

£7.50

Writers read their own work, listeners give feedback - everyone learns something new! Hear what other writers 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 4 readings take place per meeting. A reading slot is roughly 15 minutes (3,500 words or less) of reading and then 5-10 minutes spent on feedback from the group. Feedback is moderated and is always constructive and respectful. If you are reading, please bring at least 10 copies so members can make additional notes during the reading. 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. Location: Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 OAX. We're in the small studio room upstairs and you need to walk past the kitchen to find it. If you get stuck, please ask bar staff. 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 I'll respond as soon as possible.

Getting to grips with Point of View and Authentic Voice w/writer Den Patrick

In this session Den will discuss the positives and pitfalls of writing from different perspectives, whether in close third person, first person, or balancing multiple narrators. Through extracts and exercises, he will explore how character and world are established through POV, as well as the restrictions of each form. You will learn how to develop convincing characters that stand out in a first person, and how to add flavour when writing in third person - close or omniscient - and how dialogue can also be a way to build an authentic voice. We will round off with a Q&A on this topic and any other burning questions you may have about the world of publishing. Den Patrick is the British Fantasy Award nominated author of The Erebus Sequence for Gollancz (Orion) and The Ashen Torment series for Harper Voyager. He has written Fantasy, Sci Fi, Horror, a Ghost Story and even a Western in short form. Den has taught at Brunel University covering world-building, point of view, character, plotting and dialogue, and at the Guardian on writing Science Fiction Fantasy and navigating the publishing world. Costs: £20.00, 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, and in the rare event of speakers cancelling, we reserve the right to provide an alternative but equivalent speaker. Location: The George Inn is two minutes walk from London Bridge station (take Borough High Street exit). Please see full address with map. We are upstairs in The Talbot Room. It's a huge pub so just ask bar staff if lost! 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.

How to Impress a Publisher (One Day Course at CityLit)

Hello everyone, City Lit have asked me to teach a one day course on how to impress a publisher. If you're preparing to submit your manuscript to agents and publishers, there are things you need to know to improve your chances of success. This day workshop led by me will offer advice and guidance to aspiring authors on how to best present their work for publication. Advice will be given on perfecting your pitch, finding the right agent for you, writing a professional cover letter and perfecting your synopsis. It brings together almost nine years of the advice given in the talks that I've organised for LWC with agents, publishers and authors. I'll also aim to cover: How do you know you're ready to submit to publishers and agents? Navigating the submission process - and how not to lose your cool The five questions to ask when meeting with agents (or publishers) Which publishers allow direct submissions - and how to approach them I thought this might be of interest to all of you so I'm sharing it here. You must book with CityLit directly to attend this event. It sold out the last time they ran this course so do book now if you'd like a place: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/how-to-impress-a-publisher Cheers, Lisa I've worked for the past 14 years in marketing departments for major publishers and book retailers: The New York Times, Waterstones, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury. See more about my professional experience via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisagoll/ Any questions, please post a comment below and I'll respond as soon as I can. This course is organised by CityLit so there may be some questions where you'll need to ask them but I'll do my best to answer. PHOTO: Molière reading Tartuffe at the literary salon of Anne “Ninon” de Lenclos in the 1660s, as depicted by Nicolas-André Monsiau in 1802: https://party-like-it-is-1660.tumblr.com

Past events (440)

Write Together (Aldgate East, E1)

The Leman Street Tavern

£7.50

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