• Write Together

    Online event

    £7.50

    Finding time to write can be a challenge and procrastination our biggest enemy. In these sessions we'll gather virtually together to actually sit down and write! You might think it a strange concept to do these sessions online, but they really do work!

    The focus will be on personal writing time, but there will be some creative exercises available to help move you forward. We'll also be doing a writing sprint! 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.

    After you RSVP you'll see a link in the event location box. Just click on this at the time and date of the workshop. Zoom will then automatically connect your computer to the session. If you have any problems, just cut and paste the link into your browser. If this still doesn't work then type In the number at the end of the link to the ‘join’ button in Zoom.

    Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: https://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 : )

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  • Creative Writing Workshop (with Liz)

    Online event

    £7.50

    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).

    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

    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 and if you read at my last session, please leave reading spots for this one open to new readers.

    READERS PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR PIECE TO OUR GOOGLE DRIVE AS A WORD DOC IN ADVANCE OF THE SESSION: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CsgwS93LiIIUsalDkJmhLDVTfYu0yp1U?usp=sharing Make the file name your name, and if you're a reserve reader, put Reserve1 or 2 as the file name. Thanks : )

    ****A reading slot is up to 2,500 words, 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.

    LOCATION - After you RSVP you'll see a Zoom link in the Location box. This link should automatically connect your computer to the session. If you have any problems, just cut and paste the link into your browser. If this still doesn't work then type In the 10 digit number at the end of the link (this is the Meeting ID) here: https://zoom.us/join PLEASE NOTE, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO HELP WITH TECHNICAL ISSUES ONCE THE SESSION HAS STARTED, SO PLEASE TEST THE LINK IN ADVANCE.

    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: https://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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  • Special Edition Write Together w/Tom Norman from Daily Prompt

    Online event

    £7.50

    Join us for an evening of creative writing exercises designed to help ignite your imagination and get you practicing your craft in new and imaginative ways. During this session we'll be using creative writing prompts to explore new ideas that can be used as part of your Work In Progress or as standalone exercises. On the night, each exercise we do will be followed by (optional) readings and feedback.

    This special edition Write Together will be led by Tom Norman of Daily Prompt, a writing app he has developed to help us kick start our daily writing habit. With his knowledge of combining inspiration, accountability and feedback, Tom will help us get into the habit of writing every day, even when new ideas seem hard to reach. I've been using the app daily and have found it mega useful, so wanted to share the experience with you guys! Tom will also give a month's free premium membership to everyone who attends the session.

    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.

    After you RSVP you'll see a link in the event location box. Just click on this at the time and date of the workshop. Zoom will then automatically connect your computer to the session. If you have any problems, just cut and paste the link into your browser. If this still doesn't work then type In the number at the end of the link to the ‘join’ button in Zoom.

    Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: https://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 : )

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  • Creative Writing Workshop (online with Lisa)

    Online event

    £7.50

    ***UPDATE*** Restrictions are not being lifted so this will be an online event instead.

    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 3 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. If restrictions stay in place and mean it needs to be cancelled, you'll be given a credit for another meeting.

    Location: Online. See link attached. Cut and paste into your browser and use the browser version.

    Any questions, please post a comment below and I'll respond as soon as possible.

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  • Write Together

    Online event

    £7.50

    Finding time to write can be a challenge and procrastination our biggest enemy. In these sessions we'll gather virtually together to actually sit down and write! You might think it a strange concept to do these sessions online, but they really do work!

    The focus will be on personal writing time, but there will be some creative exercises available to help move you forward. We'll also be doing a writing sprint! 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.

    After you RSVP you'll see a link in the event location box. Just click on this at the time and date of the workshop. Zoom will then automatically connect your computer to the session. If you have any problems, just cut and paste the link into your browser. If this still doesn't work then type In the number at the end of the link to the ‘join’ button in Zoom.

    Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: https://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 : )

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  • Creative Writing Workshop (with Liz)

    Online event

    £7.50

    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).

    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

    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 and if you read at my last session, please leave reading spots for this one open to new readers.

    READERS PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR PIECE TO OUR GOOGLE DRIVE AS A WORD DOC IN ADVANCE OF THE SESSION: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CsgwS93LiIIUsalDkJmhLDVTfYu0yp1U?usp=sharing Make the file name your name, and if you're a reserve reader, put Reserve1 or 2 as the file name. Thanks : )

    ****A reading slot is up to 2,500 words, 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.

    LOCATION - After you RSVP you'll see a Zoom link in the Location box. This link should automatically connect your computer to the session. If you have any problems, just cut and paste the link into your browser. If this still doesn't work then type In the 10 digit number at the end of the link (this is the Meeting ID) here: https://zoom.us/join PLEASE NOTE, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO HELP WITH TECHNICAL ISSUES ONCE THE SESSION HAS STARTED, SO PLEASE TEST THE LINK IN ADVANCE.

    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: https://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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  • Finding your voice w/Emily Devane

    Online event

    £20.00

    You asked for her back and we listened! After her splendid session on sensory writing, Emily will explore one of those ‘X factor’ elements of writing - voice. And, as she says, it takes some unpicking.

    Much is made of ‘voice’ in fiction, but how do you create a voice that is particular to you? And how do you choose the best voice for the story you want to tell? At one end of the spectrum, writing can feel intimate and confessional, while at the other end, it might be coolly detached and impersonal.

    Through discussion of craft, writing exercises and extracts, Emily Devane will guide you through the choices at your disposal. She will show you how ‘voice’ can be used to create compelling, memorable fiction, and demonstrate the ways in which syntax, tense, perspective, structure and tone can influence how a story is read. If you want to create narrative voices that are truly authentic then this session is for you!

    Emily Devane is a writer, teacher and editor. Her stories and essays have been widely published in anthologies and literary journals, in print and online. Her story 'Something Like Happy' was recently selected for the Best Microfiction Anthology 2021. She has won prizes including the Bath Flash Fiction Award, a Northern Writers' Award and a Word Factory apprenticeship. Her work has been nominated for Best Small Fictions (finalist), a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net (finalist). Emily is an experienced teacher. She has delivered workshops and courses for Word Factory, Comma Press, the 100 Voices project and Moor Words. Emily is an editor at Saboteur-nominated online journal FlashBack Fiction. She tweets at @DevaneEmily and @WordsMoor.

    Costs: £20.00 per session. Follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP and refunds will only be offered if the meetup is cancelled.

    Location: After you RSVP you'll see a link in the event location box. Simply click that link at the time and date of the session to enter the event and you'll be connected to our virtual room for this workshop. If you don't have the Zoom app you may need to cut and paste the meeting link into your browser. Please log on a wee bit in advance. I won't be able to help with any technical issues once the session has started. Many thanks.

    Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: https://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 : )

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  • Creative Writing Workshop (with Lisa)

    Online event

    £7.50

    In this brave new world of online creative writing workshops, this session will have three writers reading their work aloud to the group in exchange for constructive feedback.

    Part of what I love about our face-to-face sessions is hearing the work fresh, and for the first time, when it is read aloud by the writer, so I'll be asking the readers to share their writing with us on screen via the BlueJeans platform that I'll be using to host these sessions.

    I will guide anyone reading as to how to share their screen.

    Others attending will need to make notes as the piece is read aloud and we will see how we go with giving feedback. It might not work, I admit, because normally everyone would have a printed version to follow, but we can only try this way and see what happens. Hope to see you there!

    Best, Lisa

    *NOTE* You do not need to email your piece to me in advance. That's something Liz is doing in her sessions but I'm not.

    ****A reading slot is roughly 15-20 minutes of reading and then 5-10 minutes spent on feedback from the group. Feedback will be moderated by me so it's constructive and respectful. Please keep pieces to 3,500 words max.

    Make a comment below if you'd like to read at this meeting and I'll confirm readers the day before the event. Slots are assigned on a first ask, first served basis. Please book and pay for this event before requesting a reading spot.

    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.

    Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: https://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/

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  • Creating your author platform online (Masterclass at CityLit)

    Hello everyone,
    CityLit have asked me to teach this course on building a community of readers and fans around you and your works.

    ***You must book your place on the CityLit website to join this course tonight*** Here is the booking link: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/creating-your-author-platform-online
    Tickets are £69 for three week course.

    Split over three online sessions (June 2nd - 16th), I'll show you tried and tested digital marketing techniques and how to use the basic tools available to all writers to raise your profile, build a 'platform' and ensure you know how to achieve good traction (and sales!) when the time comes.

    It's aimed at published authors but I believe that all writers can gain a lot by knowing these methods before they are published and start creating, and bolstering, your platform now rather than later.

    I thought this course might be of interest to all of you so I'm sharing it here.

    They've asked me to cover the following:
    - Creating a professional and AUTHENTIC author persona.
    - The essence of a good website (SEO, email and content)
    - Using social media effectively to how to gain a genuine following of loyal and engaged readers
    - Getting out there : moving from the online to the real world
    - Making contacts in the industry to secure events, interviews and public appearances.

    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 book soon if you'd like a place. Booking now: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/creating-your-author-platform-online

    Cheers, Lisa

    Outside of my role at LWC, I work in digital marketing and events for major publishers and book retailers: The New York Times, Waterstones, HarperCollins, Southbank Centre and Bloomsbury for the past 17 years. 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!

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  • Fundamentals of Plot and Structure with Jonathan Gibbs

    Online event

    £20.00

    Plot and structure can be one of the hardest parts of writing fiction to get a handle on. Do you plan ahead, or feel your way? When you’ve finished a draft, or are paused halfway, what tools can you use to assess what you’ve got?

    In this workshop novelist Jonathan Gibbs will discuss theories of plot and structure, and look at ways to use and subvert tools like the three act structure and the Freytag Pyramid so they don't turn your stories into clichéd carbon copies. With examples and exercises to help you analyse and rethink your works in progress and finished drafts, this session aims to give you insight to your writing practice.

    This workshop is for novelists with a work-in-progress but may also be useful to writers of short stories who want a grounding in structure and plot for their storytelling.

    Jonathan Gibbs is the author of two novels, Randall, or The Painted Grape (“intelligent and fiercely gripping” – Alex Preston) and The Large Door (“poised, suspenseful and enigmatic” – The Financial Times), and Spring Journal, a book-length poem written on Twitter during lockdown and published in December 2020 by CB Editions. His short stories have been anthologised in Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015. He is Programme Director for the MA and MFA Creative Writing at City, University of London, and also curates the online short story project A Personal Anthology.

    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.

    Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: https://www.meetup.com/meetup_api/apps/

    Please change you're RSVP to 'not going' if you can no longer attend as we often have people on the wait list. Thank you.

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