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At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives unpublished and emerging fiction writers a place to find constructive feedback on their work and learn more about how to get published, finding the right agent, writing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


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 (2)

Creative Writing Workshop (Moorgate)

The Globe


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 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/ 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.

Christmas Party at the BFI

BFI Southbank

Hello all, Liz and I hope you're free to come down to the BFI's secret room and celebrate another year of London Writers' Cafe. We'll be there from 6pm to close. There will be drinks, plenty of lively conversation (no doubt) and possibly some dancing if you're so inclined. We're absolutely to announce that we will have a very special performance by Caroline Teague! Caroline Teague is a London born and bred poet writing pieces on loss, identity and how she comes to terms with some harrowing realities of being human and being alive, in a style she calls 'tragic optimism' hoping that the honesty through her writing can translate into something positive and comforting for someone else. Creator of the musical project "Caroline Smiling" which blends music, spoken word and other forms of communication to cross platforms for mental health and queer identity through creative means. A self proclaimed soft touch poet with some sharp edges. See more: http://www.carolinesmiling.co.uk/ This year we'd love for you to bring friends along too, even if they aren't writers. Simply indicate that you're bringing a guest or two when you RSVP. Note: the Drawing Room is hidden behind a bookshelf inside the BFI's main bar and restaurant area.

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