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At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives unpublished and emerging fiction writers a place to find constructive feedback on their work and learn more about how to get published, finding the right agent, writing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 (5)

The Secrets of Storytelling w/ Writer, Producer and Lecturer, John Yorke.

Back by popular demand for a repeat of his extra special Masterclass, writing guru, John Yorke, will take us on a journey to the heart of storytelling, revealing that whatever your fiction genre there truly is a unifying shape to narrative forms, and how that structure manifests in all aspects of fiction, from characterisation to dialogue and beyond. We will explore not only how, but why stories are told and that, throughout the ages, there is one motif that continually recurs – the journey into the woods to find the dark but life-giving secret within. In this session, John will help us find what lurks at the heart of the forest. All stories begin here… John Yorke is a Narrative and Storytelling Consultant, and a former Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama. As a Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer he has championed BAFTA award winning drama from Shameless to Life On Mars and his book 'Into the Woods, How Stories Work And Why We Tell Them', is a the go-to work for writers across all genres. Creator of the BBC Writers’ Academy, John lectures extensively on narrative structure and is Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Costs: £25.00, 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 Railway Tavern is at 15 Liverpool Street. Take the exit by MacDonald's from Liverpool Street Station (escalator opp platform 1) and the pub is on the left hand side of the road when you exit the station. We are in a private room upstairs. 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 : ) 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 (EC2)

The Globe

£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 Globe is at 83 Moorgate, EC2M 6SA. It's spitting distance from Moorgate tube and a 7min walk from Liverpool Street or Bank. Venue tel. number is[masked]. We're in a private room upstairs. 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 : ) 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 20 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. Any questions, please post a comment below and I'll respond as soon as possible.

Writing Character with w/ award-winning author Tim Lott

The George Inn

£20.00

In this session we will explore the central issue of character with acclaimed writer, Tim Lott. What constitutes a well rounded character is one of the most basic keys to successful writing. What is the difference between a two and three dimensional character? Should they be consistent throughout the narrative or should they change - and are personality traits contradictory? Does a character need to be likeable? And what is the connection between character and plot? Tim will examine all this and more, and of course will answer any burning questions you may still have. Tim Lott has been writing books for 20 years. His tenth, ‘When We Were Rich’ is published in June 2019, and is the sequel to his first novel, ‘White City Blue’ which won the Whitbread First Novel award. His memoir, ‘The Scent of Dried Roses’ is a Penguin Modern Classic. He has written two Young Adult novels, as well as his literary fiction and has featured prominently in the literary magazine Granta, appearing in its 21st anniversary edition as having authored one of the most significant pieces published in the previous 21 years. A former teacher of the Writing a Novel six-month course at the Faber Academy, Tim now teaches for Guardian Masterclasses. 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/ and please do change your RSVP by clicking on the cross if you find you can no longer attend. Many thanks : ) 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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Creative Writing Workshop (King's Cross)

The Star of Kings

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