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, we're having a Halloween party at our house next Saturday, from 4pm till late - LWAP members are welcome! I'll give details at the meeting this week, but if you'd like to come to the party but aren't coming to the AGM, let me know and I'll send you details by email...

    Sun 21th Oct 2018 at 08:23

  • Kat

    Kat: A message from Caitlin Hall.
    Email Address ch262274@students.leeds-art.ac.uk
    Hello, I’m a student currently studying my photography degree at Leeds arts university and I am really interested in collaborating with a creative writer. I wondered if any members of your group would be interested in sharing their work with me to create a film still type of series that could accompany their written work. The area of photography I am specially interested in is called Tableau photography and comes from the French theatre term Tableau Vivant. Which is basically muse-en-scene frozen for a short period of time on stage, I like to use narrative in my work to immerse the viewer into the story or image. I am interested in collaborating with a creative writer to bring their story to life; casting actors and setting locations to create film stills or promotional shots for their work and to go alongside my dissertation. If this is something any of your group would be interested in please have them email me or I can come to one of your meetings and talk to them in person. Thank you for your time, Caitlin Hall

    Thu 18th Oct 2018 at 15:37

    • Michelle Koleszko

      Michelle Koleszko: Im interested. I'll email Caitlin.

      Fri 19th Oct 2018 at 07:09

  • Kat

    Kat: Richmond Library Poetry and Prose Open Mic - We are joined by guest poets Tim Ellis and James Roberts.
    Doors: 7:15pm - 8:45pm
    Entry: £4
    Free Refreshments

    Come and deliver your poetry and prose.

    Enjoy an evening with two brilliant poets.


    Thu 18th Oct 2018 at 15:35

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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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      Adam Sewell : Long story short. Turns out I didn’t make it to the wedding. No horns were taken.

      Fri 19th Oct 2018 at 15:18

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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