• Building an intricate plot with a side order of tension w/ author Stuart Turton
    In this session we'll learn the art of intricate plotting and tension building; a chance to really shake things up in your writing. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a time-travel, body-hopping murder-mystery novel with three principal plot lines, eight protagonists, a victim who won't stay dead, and a detective who jumps between bodies. Answers are delivered before the questions are asked, and nothing ever happens in the right order. Stuart will discuss how he planned such a complex plot, the mistakes made, lessons learned, and the art of building tension through confusion. We're biting our nails already! Stuart Turton is debut author of the high concept crime novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Waterstones' October book of the month). He is winner of the Brighton and Hove Short Story Prize and was longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition. With the novel's huge success, Stuart has been on a whirlwind worldwide tour and we're thrilled to have him make a stop for us! To get the very best from this workshop (and because it's a rollicking good read) it's advisable to read the novel in advance. Added bonus, Stuart can then sign your copies, yess. 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 Winchester 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.

    The George Inn

    The George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH · London

    £20.00
    15 comments
  • An Agent’s Editorial Process with Donald Winchester
    We're thrilled to have Donald Winchester, kingpin agent at Watson, Little, with us to talk about the editorial approach he takes when recommending changes to any piece of work with his clients. Most literary agents will to want to make their own edits to your work before they submit it to publishers, and Donald is going to tell us more about what they might request after taking you on as a new client. He'll talk about the levels of the editorial process in detail and how he works with his authors to ensure their books are snapped up by commissioning editors. Donald may touch on what an agent does, and what he's looking for in a new clients but this talk is focused on the editorial changes that an agent may recommend to new authors. NOTE: It's not the right event to ask for submission advice, how to write a cover letter or the basics of how to find an agent. I want us to find out as much as we can about how agents edit manuscripts with their clients in this session. Cheers! About Donald Winchester: After splitting his childhood between Edinburgh, Ohio and Watford, Donald gained a BA in English and History at Queen Mary, University of London and a MA in English Literature from University College London. He began his publishing career at Penguin Press – working on a variety of non-fiction titles – before moving to A P Watt. There he worked for five years with a number of acclaimed and prize-winning authors and began building a list of fiction and non-fiction for adults. He joined Watson, Little as an agent in 2013. He is currently the Secretary of the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA). Donald is building his list and is interested in literary and well-written commercial fiction – particularly debut authors – as well as memoir and writing on history, popular science, nature, music, sport, film and technology. 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: 126 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 0AX Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: http://www.meetup.com/meetup_api/apps/ CHANGE YOUR RSVP! Remember to change your RSVP answer if you can no longer attend. Follow our updates on Twitter @ldnwriterscafe and join our Facebook group for competitions, publishing requests and event news: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ldnwriterscafe/

    The Star of Kings

    126 York Way Kings Cross · London

    £20.00
    11 comments
  • Creative Writing Workshop (London Bridge)
    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.

    Needs a location

    £7.50
    33 comments
  • Creating your author platform online (One Day Course at CityLit)
    Hello everyone, City Lit have asked me to teach a one day course on building up interest in your books and writing using online marketing and the platforms available at low cost or even for free to all writers. They've asked me to cover the following: - Intro to Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Instagram and how to gain a genuine following - Basic SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) aka how to make Google work for you - Email newsletters - Building your own website and developing digital content development - Driving quality traffic to your website - Basics on how to run a publicity campaign I thought this might be of interest to all of you so I'm sharing it here. I'll be using my marketing and digital experience to outline how to build up a marketing plan for writers and then taking everyone through the above in detail, the pros and cons of each one and how to use them effectively, exercises and open discussion. There will be a lot covered on the day and I'm looking forward to sharing my strategies. I plan for it to be a practical and informative day so come along ready to contribute your own ideas and learn from others. It sold out the last time they ran this course so do read now if you'd like a place: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/creating-your-author-platform-online Cheers, Lisa I've worked for the past 14 years in digital 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.

    City Lit

    Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA · London

    26 comments
  • Bluestocking Books Tour - East London (Private Tour)
    Hello everyone, Let's get inspired to write by vising some of the best bookshops together on a Bluestocking Books Tour! I've heard amazing things about Lauren and her tours so I've booked us for a wander around the best ones in East London, Shoreditch and Brick Lane. The tour will run for two hours from 11:30 to 1:30 and we'll plan to go somewhere after for a quick tipple to debrief. Lauren's tour will include the history of each shop, information about what sort of book they sell and quirky things about them that you might never know outside of this tour. Obviously there will be 5-10mins to browse and buy at each shop but the purpose of this tour is to soak up the literary history of bookshops in the city and discover some that you never knew were there! I hope you can join. Cheers, Lisa Our Bluestocking Book Tour will be led by a classically trained librarian (Lauren) with an extroverted twist. No shushing here, we are more liable to lead in the laughter. ​ The Bluestockings will lead you on a bespoke tour of book shops, with surprises and treats around every corner. Literary history, inside glimpses of bookselling and more. https://www.bluestockingbooks.co.uk/ Costs: £12.00, 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. Also, we cannot accept cash payment on the door. Location: Meeting place at 11:30 am at the Whitechapel Gallery in the cafe. 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.

    Whitechapel Gallery

    77-82 Whitechapel High Street Nearest Tube: Aldgate East (closest), Aldgate, Whitechapel · London E1 7QX

    £12.00
    4 comments
  • Script Writing Workshop (King's Cross)
    For those of you writing for the stage or screen, we've decided to introduce a dedicated session that will allow five readers to share up to ten pages of their script for feedback from the group. These sessions will be hosted and moderated by Andrew Anderson. We hope this will mean writers of screenplays and scripts will have a place to read their work for feedback, advice and encouragement from others working on projects for the stage and screen. If you'd like to read, please make a comment below. Slots are assigned by first ask, first served. There are five reading spots for this session. Please be sure to RSVP and pay to attend before requesting a reading spot. A reading slot is roughly 10 minutes of reading time and then 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 printed copies so members can make additional notes for you on the page for you. NOTE: Booking a slot to read and 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 Star of Kings is five minutes walk from Kings Cross station. Please see full address above. We are upstairs in their function room. 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.

    The Star of Kings

    126 York Way Kings Cross · London

    £7.50
    15 comments
  • Children’s Book Publishing w/ Editorial Director Jane Griffiths
    Commissioning Editors find new talent for publishers and work closely with authors to mould and shape their draft manuscripts into novels. Tonight we will hear from Jane Griffiths, of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, about how this process really works. How are publishing deals made? What happens once a book is acquired? And perhaps most importantly of all, what is that special something that draws Jane into a children’s story? Jane will share all of these things and more, and of course, she’ll take your questions and offer general advice on publishing for children from the age of 6 up to YA. Agents pitch to Commissioning Editors and Jane will share what it is in a pitch that gets her excited. Jane joined Simon & Schuster in 2009, having previously worked at HarperCollins Children’s Books. As Editorial Director, she oversees the children’s fiction editorial team as well as working with her own authors. She publishes 6-9, middle-grade and YA fiction and has worked with bestselling authors like Abi Elphinstone, Danny Wallace, Kaye Umansky, Sophie McKenzie, Santa Montefiore and Steven Butler, as well as looking after big brands and series like Dork Diaries and Cassandra Clare. Jane has been shortlisted four times for the Branford Boase Award which recognises debut authors and their editors and was also shortlisted in the Editor of the Year category of the British Book Awards 2017. 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 Winchester 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.

    The George Inn

    The George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH · London

    £20.00
    15 comments
  • Creative Writing Workshop (King's Cross)
    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.

    The Star of Kings

    126 York Way Kings Cross · London

    £7.50
    36 comments
  • Write Together (Aldgate East, E1)
    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. Session will run from 1pm until 4pm and we have a lovely cosy room just for us. The pub does teas and coffees and some delish food for anyone working up an appetite as the afternoon progresses. NB: There is some noise from the main bar, so do bring earphones/plugs if you prefer to work in silence. 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. Location: The Leman Street Tavern is minutes from Aldgate East tube (District and Hammersmith&City lines) at 31 Leman Street. Venue tel no. is[masked]. 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/

    The Leman Street Tavern

    31, Leman Street · London

    £7.50
    10 comments
  • Creative Writing Workshop (London Bridge)
    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.

    The George Inn

    The George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH · London

    £7.50
    19 comments