Welcome to Leeds Writers and Poets

Leeds Writers and Poets provides a forum for aspiring writers and poets to gain quality feedback from other people with similar interests.

We get together twice a month, usually to give feedback on each other's writing, but also to take part in workshops and generally share the experience of writing.

We have members of all levels of experience, 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.

New members are warmly welcomed, and are welcome to come along for two sessions with no obligations, to see if it might suit you.

If you'd like to learn more, have a browse around the website, or email us at leedswritersandpoets@gmail.com


  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: If anyone is interested, we received this communication recently: Dear Leeds Writers & Poets, I am writing to you about Aspects of History, the new website and magazine dedicated to history and historical fiction, which may be of interest to you and your members. We will be launching the website and magazine in December - and are currently accepting submissions for 2021. Aspects of History publishes and promotes established and new authors alike - and the site should be of interest to both readers and writers of history and historical fiction. I would be grateful if you could forward on this email to your members and anyone interested our site. The first issue of our magazine will be available from our website to download on Dec 20th. It will also be available on Amazon as a kindle and print edition. Aspects of History features articles, author interviews, short stories and book reviews. Our first issue includes pieces by Ben Macintyre, Antonia Senior, William Boyd, Anne O’Brien, and EC Fremantle. The first issue will be at the special price of £1.99, with annual subscriptions at £9.99. pastedImagebase641.png As you will see from our website, we have a special page devoted to groups interested in creative writing. We are keen to foster relationships with new writers and creative writing groups. Eventually we will be arranging writing competitions, book awards, special offers on books, and helping authors to publish and promote their works. Members may want to sign-up to our mailing list at https://aspectsofhistory.com/ and receive a number of complimentary books whilst doing so. Our newsletter will update you on news, special offers and other information. Members may also want to follow us on Twitter @aspectshistory Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aspectsofhistory We can be in touch in the new year with further details about submitting to the magazine - and how we can help publish and promote writers from your group. There may be members of your group, past and present, interested in publishing their novels and short stories. Your members may want to write a book review or blog post for us. You may also want to publish an anthology of short stories or arrange an Author Platform on site for your group. It may also be the case that you would like to invite our editor and/or one of our authors to give a talk to your members once it is convenient to do so. Please do get in touch should you have any questions. It would be great to start a lasting, ongoing relationship that will benefit your members and help to spread the word about the magazine and website. Amie Bawa Editorial Staff www.facebook.com/aspectsofhistory https://twitter.com/AspectsHistory

    Mon 16th Nov 2020 at 19:09

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: I'm in on this. Also, I presume that those October 6th/10th deadlines you've posted are meant to be Dec. I know time travel isn't a problem for most of us, but I feel it would unfairly disadvantage those who can't transcend time and space at will.

    Sun 15th Nov 2020 at 17:37

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      Andrey Pissantchev: Err. Yes. I forgot it was only us Bulgarians who can do that.

      Sun 15th Nov 2020 at 18:09

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Hey all! We normally our hold Christmas social in December but we're not having one this year for a big, obvious reason. Instead of a social we'll be hosting our first Imposter Critique on December 10th, a Secret Santa-flavoured critique session that will go something like this: 1. If you're interested in participating, let me know (reply to this, message me via WhatsApp, or write to leedswritersandpoets@gmail.com). Please do this by *November 26th*. 2. After the 26th, you will be given a name of another participant, drawn at random. You now have to write a brief piece of up to 500 words in their style. As per normal critique submission rules, you'll have until *October 6th* to submit this. (If you're not sure what their style is like, I'll make sure you receive a representative sample of their work.) 3. Everybody has until *October 10th* to read the pieces. Then, on October 10th, we meet as usual and try to figure out: A) whose style the piece is meant to impersonate; B) who wrote the piece. Hopefully, much joy and hilarity will ensue. We will also announce the LWAP competition winner at this event, and generally shoot the breeze for a bit.

    Sun 15th Nov 2020 at 17:33

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I'm not sure why but I wrote October instead of December a couple of times there. Shoulda got someone to critique this before I pressed "send"... Hopefully it still makes sense though.

      Sun 15th Nov 2020 at 17:44

  • Richard

    Richard: https://www.bulwer-lytton.com/2020 Write a bad opening sentence. I'm sure I've inadvertently written many that would be contenders.

    Sat 7th Nov 2020 at 09:27

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Some of you may remember the short story submission workshop-like session I did a few months ago. I just realized I never put the notes for that up anywhere. You can now find them in the shared Dropbox folder, under Workshop Resources. (It has a couple of new links I've found since then.)

    Mon 2nd Nov 2020 at 18:08

  • Kat

    Kat: Hello all! This is your friendly reminder to please pay your membership fees and show your love and appreciation for the outstanding work the membership team does by doing it right away and not making us keep sending out nagging messages! You need to have paid up in order to enter the competition, and this year the winners will receive snazzy trophies, so if that doesn't excite you, I don't know what will (a fairer world with leaders who inspire rather than embarrass, you say? Pah! You could have a little wooden and metal thing with your name etched on. YOUR NAME!) Bank details were sent out in the call for submissions on the 11th of October, but you may need to put Tim Kaine rather than Leeds Writers and Poets if the bank gets huffy with you. And to those of you who have already paid, frabtious salutations. Ta Katja

    Fri 30th Oct 2020 at 16:37

  • Kat

    Kat: Hello lovelies! If you receive this, it means our website chat notifications are working again, and you're signed up. If you would not like to receive these notifications, you can change your settings by logging into the website, or contacting me. Happy writing! Katja

    Tue 13th Oct 2020 at 12:50

  • Kat

    Kat: Here's the guardian article written by a robot: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/08/robot-wrote-this-article-gpt-3

    Sun 11th Oct 2020 at 13:30

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: To all those at the AGM, this is the AI generated Harry Potter story I mentioned: https://botnik.org/content/harry-potter.html

    Thu 8th Oct 2020 at 22:04

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I have to admit, this was much funnier than I anticipated. I like how polite all the Death Eaters are.

      Sun 11th Oct 2020 at 11:05

    • Kat

      Kat: Okay yeah, that was hilarious, way better than I was expecting. BEEF WOMEN is my new password too.

      Sun 11th Oct 2020 at 12:48

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Hey all! Just a reminder that the AGM is this Thursday. I sent an email out with the Zoom link, but just in case it didn't reach you, drop me a message (andrey [dot] pissantchev [at] protonmail [another dot] com).

    Tue 6th Oct 2020 at 10:37