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.


  • Kat

    Kat: Hi all, I have put up the next session and sent out the call for submissions. I have also emailed our new Adam members. If anybody hasn't received any of the relevant emails about any of that, please let me know. I'm having a range of computer and other issues at the moment which are making things a bit difficult to get done, so bear with me while I sort out the minutes from the AGM etc - and if there's anything urgent that I need to deal with, please do feel free to nudge me : )

    Yesterday at 19:54

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: Hey Kat,

      No link has worked for me.

      Yesterday at 21:25

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: For those who weren't aware at the meeting, Nanowrimo (https://nanowrimo.org/) was mentioned, which is a project that aims to help you write a 50000 word novel in one November.

    I don't know if anyone is intending to attempt it, but if there's any interest, I'd happily arrange some write ins somewhere to try help things progress.

    Wed 18th Oct 2017 at 21:43

  • Kat

    Kat: Hi all,
    Thanks to everyone who came to the AGM last week - everyone's enthusiasm was very encouraging. Just to let you know that I hope to get to a bunch of LWAP stuff today, including scheduling the new meetings and adding new members to the website.

    Wed 18th Oct 2017 at 11:58

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Hey, I looked at using Heart (https://www.heartcentre.org.uk/) for room bookings, and they're cool with using the meeting rooms there, as long as we book some time in advance.

    I get 4hrs per month for free, so depending on session length we may only be able to use Heart once per month without paying extra. The building generally closes at 10-11pm.

    Tue 17th Oct 2017 at 14:29

    • Kat

      Kat: Does anyone have any views on moving some of our meetings to Heart? We don't want to make travel a problem for anyone, or make it complicated by having too many venues, but if those things aren't an issue Heart might be a really nice alternative venue?

      Wed 18th Oct 2017 at 11:59

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: It'd be good to have more of a definitive close time. It could get a bit awkward if we have a large group for a session and get kicked out before we have chance to go through everyone's material

      Wed 18th Oct 2017 at 21:07

  • Kat

    Kat: Tomorrow (weds 18th oct) word up new wortley is hosting a writing workshop by the excellent knee high theatre company. It will be led by Anna Murphy - a very experienced, professional writer. She will be looking at the script writing process and how they created their latest show "The Tin Drum" (free trip to see this next week).

    The workshop will take place at New Wortley Community centre at 6.30pm. ITs free and anyone over 16 is welcome.

    Let me know if you are coming cos places are limited.

    (please pass this on to anyone who might be interested)

    Cheers all

    Tim Dawtry
    New Wortley Community Arts Project

    Tue 17th Oct 2017 at 12:18

  • Stephanie Vendryes

    Stephanie Vendryes: Hi everyone, I'm sad to say I won't be attending tonight meeting. I've moved out of Leeds and I'm afraid I won't have many opportunities to attend critique sessions anymore. Since last year I've been in charge of the LWAP's Facebook page, and maybe one of you would like to inherit of this responsability? I sincerely hope I'll have opportunities to come back: this group has been amazingly helpful and I'll miss it. Thank you so much everyone.

    Thu 12th Oct 2017 at 14:00

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett: We will miss you too. I hope to see your work in print some time, I'm sure I will x

      Fri 13th Oct 2017 at 10:31

  • Kat

    Kat: My story 'PRAY ON THE WEAK' has been published in Fabula Argentea: https://www.fabulaargentea.com/index.php/article/pray-on-the-weak-by-katja-l-kaine/

    Fri 6th Oct 2017 at 13:28

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett: Strong stuff with some nice flourishes. Congratulations Kat x

      Mon 9th Oct 2017 at 16:19

  • Kat

    Kat: H.E.Bates Short Story Competition 2017
    Write us a short story on the subject of your choice.
    * The competition is open to all writers.
    * Entries must be no longer than 2000 words.
    * 1st Prize £500 2nd Prize £200 3rd Prize £100
    * Special prize for the best story written by a Northamptonshire writer £100 (not awarded if the story has won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize)
    * The entry fee is £6 for the first story submitted. It is reduced to £10 for any entry of 2 stories. Further stories have a fee of £5 each.
    * Entrants are invited to submit as many stories as they wish, providing they have not been previously published or have been prize-winning entries in another competition.
    * The judging panel will comprise members of the Northampton Writers Group. The Head Judge is Tony Klinger. Tony has worked in the film industry for many years as a producer and director. His work includes The Avengers TV series in the sixties and the film about The Who, "The Kids Are Alright". He is the author of a book about working with The Who, "Twilight Of The Gods", and two novels, "The Butterfly Boy" and "Under God's Table".
    * Closing date for entries is Monday 4th December 2017
    * Prizes will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony on 1st February 2018
    There is no entry form. Simply send your story or stories (typed please) with a first sheet giving your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title of story or stories to H.E.Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QB. Please mark the envelope "f.a.o. Nick Hamlyn". Include a postal order or cheque (made out to N.Hamlyn).
    Alternatively, you may e-mail your story in Word format, complete with a first page as described above, to hebatescomp@gmail.com and pay by PayPal. In this case, we will invoice you on receipt of your entry.
    Further details on our website www.hebatescompetition.org.uk

    Sat 30th Sep 2017 at 20:38

  • Kat

    Kat: Good Day,

    I wish to enquire if your organisation could provide a speaker for one of the Rotary Club of Leeds regular meetings.
    We meet at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in the centre of Leeds on most Fridays at Lunchtime, and once a month on a Wednesday evening.

    As you may be aware Rotary is an organisation which supports a wide range of charities locally, nationally and internationally, and we therefore do not pay a speakers fee or expenses. Many speakers donate their normal fee to our charity funds.

    The club provides a two course lunch at Friday meetings and a single course meal at evening meetings. Travel to the venue is simple with many car parking facilities, and it is only a short walk from Leeds City station.

    The duration of the presentation would need to be around 20 minutes. The subject matter could be open to discussion, the only restrictions being that

    i) it should be non political.
    ii) We are a multifaith organisation and thus religious topics should also be avoided

    A speaker could recite some of their work ( this would need to be vetted before acceptance ) or give some general insighhts into your club, how it has helped them or something similar.

    If you would like to know more about Rotary and the projects we support please look at our website as given by the link below. This also contains links to other clubs in the UK and to the international foundation where you can discover the many varied projects we support with our fundraising efforts.

    You can also contact me direct via the telephone number or my email address.


    Stuart Mills
    Rotary Club of Leeds - Speaker Secretary

    email: stmills@btinternet.com
    Tel: 0113 2645519


    Sat 30th Sep 2017 at 20:36

  • Kat

    Kat: Dear Leeds Writers,

    We are Vanda Inman and Linda Lewis. We have just started up Write Space and wonder if your members might be interested in our writing competition.

    Theme, Secrets or Lies.
    Prizes, £250, £100 plus runner up prizes.
    Word count, up to 1,000.
    Entry fee, £6 entry, £4 optional critique.
    Closing date 30th November, 2017.

    Please see our website, www. vnlwritespace.com for full details.
    We also have a facebook page, Vanda 'n' Linda's Write Space.

    Along with competitions we also offer a critique service, courses, starters and hints and tips. Please do have a look and see if any of the above might be of interest to you.

    With very best wishes,
    Vanda and Linda.

    Sat 30th Sep 2017 at 20:35