Welcome to Leeds Writers and Poets

Leeds Writers and PoetsLeeds Writers and Poets was founded in May 2012 to provide a forum for aspiring writers and poets to gain quality feedback from other people with similar interests.

We are a small group of writers and poets who get together a couple of times a month to give feedback on each other's writing, take part in workshops and generally share the experience of writing.

We have members of all levels, from those who are just starting out to people with several novels under their belt.

We have an ethos of inclusion and support, and welcome writers and poets of all levels of ability – the only pre-requisite is a positive attitude and willingness to give as well as take.


  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: on my way!

    Thu 23th Mar 2017 at 19:16

  • Richard

    Richard: There's a meeting down for April 17th on the schedule - I think it should be the 27th, right?

    Wed 22th Mar 2017 at 08:46

    • Kat

      Kat: Well spotted! Fixed.

      Thu 23th Mar 2017 at 10:15

  • Kat

    Kat: To Ian - I have just checked and there are both snakes and lizards in Yellowstone National Park: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/reptiles.htm

    Sun 19th Mar 2017 at 15:27

  • Kat

    Kat: Hi all, here is the link for submitting to the Anthology again:
    It doesn't need to be anonymous, so don't worry about that. I've uploaded files fro Steph and Seb. If you sent me a piece to upload and you're not either of those, then please send it to me again. I'm happy to upload pieces if you're having trouble.
    Don't forget the theme is Exposure, but I'm sure we'd rather people submitted than felt put off by not meeting the theme closely enough. No word limit and poetry and flash fiction very welcome.
    Deadline is tonight!

    Sun 19th Mar 2017 at 14:27

  • Kat

    Kat: Can't remember if I already posted this:
    A message from Alex .
    Email Address Alex@thelittleyorkshirecandlecompany.co.uk
    Hi I am a newly founded business and wanting to commission some local poetry ideally written in Yorkshire dialect , do you have any members that work in this style ? Or write about local places ? Kind Regards Alex

    Sun 19th Mar 2017 at 14:20

  • Kat

    Kat: hello!
    the next open letters is very soon, on monday 20/03/17. it's at hyde park book club, as usual, and starts at 8pm. it would be lovely to see you there! pls invite everyone you know!
    >>> https://www.facebook.com/events/216732728795609/
    ALSO, v. exciting, on thursday 23/03/17 (the very same week), the leeds creative family tree launches at the corn exchange. amongst food, art & performances, open letters is going to have about an hour of readings on the night - if you'd like a slot to read a letter, pls get in touch (first come first served?)
    >>> https://www.facebook.com/events/213597692378720/
    AND we're currently looking for submissions to the podcast version of open letters - if you have a letter you'd like to read, record yrself reading it on yr phone & email it to this address, or openletterspodcast@gmail.com, as an audio file, and it'll go onto a special episode of the podcast. no restrictions: fiction or nonfiction, real or unreal.
    >>> https://soundcloud.com/user-44879612
    that's everything i think, all the best,

    Sun 19th Mar 2017 at 14:18

  • Dan Collins

    Dan Collins: Hi Kat and Beth, does it have to be a story or can we submit poems? Also, is there a word limit for stories? Many thanks, Dan x

    Sat 18th Mar 2017 at 08:55

    • Kat

      Kat: Poems are A OK. No word limit : )

      Sat 18th Mar 2017 at 13:01

  • Kat

    Kat: Hi all! Please note that it's the Anthology deadline this Sunday. Please drop your submissions in the dropbox folder, or email them to me. The theme is Exposure, but if you have a story that you'd like to submit but aren't sure if it fits, please do submit it anyway. If you'd really like to submit but can't make the deadline then make some kind of pleading comment and Beth can judge you...

    Wed 15th Mar 2017 at 18:43

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      Sebastian: Hi Kat, I've emailed you but not heard back yet - I can't access the dropbox to upload. I can see in it though and my anthology submission isn't there (I emailed it to you the other day). Thanks - Seb

      Sat 18th Mar 2017 at 09:39

    • Kat

      Kat: Yes, I got it, sorry I haven't replied. I also got one from Stephanie.

      Sat 18th Mar 2017 at 13:02

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: Hi all. Just confirming I'll be doing the workshop on 23rd March. It will on the theme of Authorial Distance. About third-person and first-person narration, the effects of each on the reader's sympathies, and shit.

    Sat 11th Mar 2017 at 07:38

    • Kat

      Kat: Thanks Adam!

      Sat 18th Mar 2017 at 13:02

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Hi all.

    In the last session, a writing advice podcast I use was discussed. Links were requested, and here they are provided:


    The main hosts are all sci-fi/horror/fantasy writers, so there's a certain slant to a lot of the examples that get brought up, but there's a lot of good stuff on the nuts and bolts of writing that can be applied to any genre.

    One of the podcasters also does lectures which are pretty interesting too. Here's a link to the first one in a series of them:


    Fri 10th Mar 2017 at 17:50