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)

Understanding Pace and Creating High Tension with Caroline Green

Online event

£20.00

How can you nail the pace in your fiction and make sure there's enough tension to keep your readers hooked throughout? Enter Caroline Green. Through an exploration of techniques, relevant extracts and practical writing exercises, Caroline will examine the different aspects of pace - from chronology and use of language, to an analysis of all the ways you can up the stakes and make the plot as taught and compelling as possible. She'll help us a create stories that readers just can't put down. Caroline (writing as Cass) Green’s debut adult novel The Woman Next Door was a Number 1 e-book bestseller and her second, In A Cottage, In A Wood was a Sunday Times top ten and USA Today bestseller. Don’t You Cry and The Killer Inside are her other standalone thrillers. She is also an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks was recommended on Radio 4’s Open Book programme and Hold Your Breath won the Oldham Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and has taught writing for children and crime fiction at City University. She currently teaches adults on various courses for The Writers and Artist’s Yearbook. Caroline is currently working on a new genre-busting crime series for Harper Collins, with the first book out in March 2021. Just download the Zoom app onto your device and and I'll email everything else you need in advance of the session. I'll open the meeting at 6.15 to give everyone a chance to get logged in. 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 in advance of the class. 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 : )

Pitching your novel with Agent Hannah Weatherill

Online event

£25.00

Agent Hannah Weatherill of Northbank Talent Management will give a short talk on the biggest obstacles to representation and publication, which is the writer's ability to convey the concept of the book itself. In Hannah's own words: "It’s always such a shame to see talented writers work so hard on something that just doesn’t have a commercial hook, or doesn’t match up with what editors are looking for at the moment." Come along to this online event to hear Hannah's advice about writing a good pitch for your book and defining the sales 'hook' that will have agents and editors bidding against each other for your book. We talk a lot about that short paragraph that appears in your covering letter to catch the agent's interest. It's not easy to turn 90,000 words into a pitch of[masked] words so who better to advise us than an agent? Hannah will give a short talk of and then I'll ask her a few general questions about her role before we open up to all of you to ask your questions. NOTE: Hannah won't be able to give individual feedback on pitches at this event just general tips and advice aimed at everyone. Hannah is responsible for Northbank’s fiction and children’s books representation, spanning all genres of adult and children’s fiction and children’s non-fiction. She has extensive experience of the book market both in the UK and internationally, having previously worked as a literary scout for the UK market on behalf of production companies and foreign language publishers and as both an editor and translator. Northbank Talent Management is a full service agency offering joined up representation across books, screen, brands and events. More about Northbank Talent: Here at Northbank, we represent a wide range of commercial and upmarket fiction authors, including bestselling crime author Katerina Diamond, and upcoming debut novelists Victoria Scott and Gráinne Murphy. We’re always looking for beautifully written novels with a strong, pitchable concept and complex characters – something the reader can really sink their teeth into that has potential to reach not just readers in the UK but across the world via translation and book-to-screen deals. We’re particularly on the look-out for psychological thrillers, dark women’s fiction, feel-good stories, and love stories with a strong emotional pull. We love books which tells us something new about the world we live in today, but that doesn’t just mean a contemporary setting – we’re also looking for historical and timeslip novels. HOW TO JOIN: I'll send out the link via meetup to all attendees before the event. Check that 'Event updates from organizers' MUST BE TICKED or you'll not receive the link. You can check message settings here: https://www.meetup.com/account/comm/londonwriterscafe/ Costs: £25, 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. 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.

Write Together

Online event

£7.50

Just download the Zoom app onto your device and I'll email the link and password the day before. I'll open the session at 12.45 to give everyone a chance to get logged on (and make a cuppa). 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 : )

Online (Zoom) Creative Writing Workshop

Online event

£7.50

Just download the Zoom app and I'll email you all the info you need to login on the day. I'll also make the pieces available in advance of the session and will open the meeting at 6.45 to give everyone a chance to get logged on (and make a cuppa). 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 (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. 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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