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.

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    Adam Sewell : Hi all, can’t make this Thursday’s Session as I’m out of Leeds for a wedding. Unfortunately not a Viking one.

    Mon 8th Oct 2018 at 08:31

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: Take the situation by the horns and make it a Viking one. Trust me.

      Mon 8th Oct 2018 at 21:09


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    Andrey Pissantchev: So I had to miss last week's critique session and I'm mildly bitter about it.

    Would people be interested in converting next week's workshop into another critique session? Attendance for the workshop seems a bit thin at the moment.

    Mon 1st Oct 2018 at 19:17

    • Kat

      Kat: Oh, and it was a brilliant one as well! I am fine with it changing to critique...

      Tue 2nd Oct 2018 at 21:07

    • Kat

      Kat: Does anyone else have any thoughts on the next session? If everyone wants it to be critique I'll change it and send out the call for submissions...

      Thu 4th Oct 2018 at 09:29

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      Andrey Pissantchev: Do it.

      Fri 5th Oct 2018 at 16:33

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: I'd be up for a critique - I prefer them to the workshops anyway.

      Plus, I've already been emailed a piece from one of the new people

      Sat 6th Oct 2018 at 15:29

    • Adam Wolstenholme

      Adam Wolstenholme: I'd prefer a critique. I have something that needs your help …

      Sat 6th Oct 2018 at 17:06


  • Russell Lloyd

    Russell Lloyd: Well done, Andrey...so deserved. Soz I ve been in Whitby or Silsden the summer but hope to be back soon. Hope everybody s chipper ????????????

    Thu 27th Sep 2018 at 19:51

    • Kat

      Kat: Hope you've had a nice time - looking forward to seeing you back at group!

      Tue 2nd Oct 2018 at 21:08


  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: Hi all, just noticed I am down to moderate this evening and am unable to attend any meetings at the moment. I am really sorry I didn't realise before and hope someone can stand in for me. Apologies to you all.

    Thu 27th Sep 2018 at 13:27

    • Kat

      Kat: Obviously this is a bit late to be of much use, but just wanted to say that it's really no problem. The correlation between people being marked as moderating and actually turning up to that session is thin to say the least, and it doesn't seem to be a problem at all. Someone steps up (or usually, Ian pretends to try to do it, but acts so completely useless at managing the function of a timer that Andrey, sighing heavily, takes over). But it is a shame you can't make it for a while - hope you're back soon!

      Tue 2nd Oct 2018 at 21:10


  • Kev (A local nobody)

    Kev (A local nobody): Wanted to be there tonight, but commitment renders this unmanageable.
    Can't possibly make the following workshop, but will definitely be at the AGM... To gloat.

    Thu 27th Sep 2018 at 12:33

    • Kat

      Kat: Shame! Hope you can grace us with your newly grammatical presence soon... *dives for cover*

      Tue 2nd Oct 2018 at 21:11


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    Adam Sewell : Hi all, sorry I’ve not been around over the summer, been a bit crazy. And a MASSIVE apology for not making it to Mark’s garden party. Totally slid on that one. Should be back with more Vikings in October. Thanks.

    Sat 22th Sep 2018 at 16:21

    • Kat

      Kat: No worries - but hope you can make it back soon, looking forward to reading some more Viking luvvin.

      Tue 2nd Oct 2018 at 21:11


  • Kat

    Kat: And an event - quite pricey though: A message from Lauren Beharrell.
    Email Address lauren.beharrell@warnersgroup.co.uk
    To whom it may concern, Lauren here, marketing manager for Writing Magazine. I’d like to inform you of our new creative writing workshop taking place at Leeds City Museum on Saturday 20th October. It’s a full day event aimed at helping writers kick start their next novel. They will be talks from James McCreet and Lynne Hackles that cover: - Ideas and inspiration - Plot and structure - How to bring your story to life Plus a chance to network with fellow writers! Tickets can be bought online- https://writ.rs/sysleeds and includes lunch, refreshments and a surprise goody bag! It would be wonderful if you could share this news with your members. Kind regards

    Sat 22th Sep 2018 at 14:15


  • Kat

    Kat: Hi all, not sure if I already shared this with you:
    Dear Leeds Writers & Poets,
    Our annual writing competitions, awarded by the University Centre Grimsby, provide an ideal focus for writers’ groups around the world. The 2017 competition saw entries from 25 countries and a total of 70 stories and poems were published in our annual anthology.
    Let us know if your writers’ group is participating and we will post details on our website.
    Full details are at: www.hammondhousepublishing.com, but feel free to contact me if you need further information, or if you wish to be removed from our mailing lists.

    Ted Stanley

    Sat 22th Sep 2018 at 14:15

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      Andrey Pissantchev: Interesting, the story I'm gonna submit for this week's session might fit the theme. This means 3 days to revise it though, which is a lot tighter than I'm used to. I might give it a shot.

      Sat 22th Sep 2018 at 14:52


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    Andrey Pissantchev: Here's some shameless self-promotion from me:

    1. My toilet-based horror short story "The Unnatural Call" just got published in Grotesque Magazine's latest issue: http://www.grotesque-magazine.com/grotesque-volume-2-issue-3/. If you feel like buying a copy, here's an affiliate link which will siphon some of your hard-earned money towards my personal booze fund: https://payhip.com/b/Qq7N/af5ba4ba5c5fc77

    2. I mentioned I have a blog now, where I keep track of what I've published and where. Here it is: https://write.as/andrey-p/

    Sat 22th Sep 2018 at 12:30

    • Kat

      Kat: Well done! And this is the perfect place for self-promotion! You are now on the member's achievements page :)

      Sat 22th Sep 2018 at 14:21

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      Andrey Pissantchev: Yess. Validation!

      Sat 22th Sep 2018 at 14:52

    • Richard

      Richard: Cool. Congratulations.

      Mon 24th Sep 2018 at 12:24

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett: Well done Andrey, thoroughly deserved going by what I have read of your work thus far :)

      Thu 27th Sep 2018 at 13:22


  • Kat

    Kat: Hi guys,
    We've had a pretty cool sounding offer:

    Hi I was recommended to make contact. I am a London based creative producer who will be in Leeds Sun Sept 23 and Sun 30 running sessions to shape ideas/screenplays into a pitch/treatment that can move and have traction. I share my experiences having worked with talent Charlie Kaufman and Lynne Ramsay, from working for the producer of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' to more recently for Maven Pictures ('American Honey') - owned by the produce of 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'.) It would be great to talk to someone more from your group and see if these might spark for some of your writers. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Julia

    Here are the full details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-talent-campus-idea-into-a-pitch-in-partnership-with-team-author-uk-tickets-48982336487

    Julia has offered our members are exclusive 40% off if we'd like to go. I'm tempted - is anyone else interested?


    Mon 17th Sep 2018 at 12:40

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: you're right, that does sound pretty interesting. I'd be up for coming but am away for the second weekend

      Thu 20th Sep 2018 at 20:35

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett: This looks great, hope it happens again when I am able to attend, would really be useful I think.

      Thu 27th Sep 2018 at 13:25