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


  • 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

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Hi everyone, As we've been getting so busy lately, me, Kat and Andrey had a bit of a heads together to see if there's any ways in which we can make the remote sessions run a bit more smoothly. Below is a list of suggestions we'd be keen to give a whirl. If anyone's got anything else to add, or if they feel something would have a detrimental impact, it'd be great to know. 1. To cover a maximum of 7 submissions in a session. This should also help to make reading time during the week a bit more manageable . 2. Submissions to be critiqued in the order they were submitted 3. The call for submissions to be sent out straight after a critique session/workshop, so members can submit any point they are ready. 4. Members given the option to login at 1845 if they need to test connections, sound etc. Starting promptly at 1900 5. A timer to be displayed on someone's screen, so the member actively talking has a clearer guideline of their time allocation 6. More of a guideline to help people organise their thoughts, finally. It may be useful for members to try and concentrate their comments on more top-down issues for why a piece does/doesn't work for them, and leave line edits to the annotated text we generally submit after. Let me know if there's anything else we could try and catch up with you all shortly

    Mon 18th May 2020 at 09:42

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Hello! In light of the ongoing coronavirus faff it looks like we'll be doing our next session via Google Hangouts, at the usual time (7:30pm, Mar 26th). If you want to participate, please make sure that you've put yourself down as "attending" so we know to invite you to the meeting when the time comes. If you're not confident about using Google Hangouts or webcams or whatever, feel free to drop me a message (andrey [dot] pissantchev [at] protonmail [another dot] com) and we could give it a try beforehand so you're all set up for Thursday. Thank you!

    Sat 21th Mar 2020 at 19:23

    • Kat

      Kat: Thanks so much for taking point on this Andrey :)

      Mon 23th Mar 2020 at 20:31

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Hello! We've only got a couple of submissions for this week. Just wanted to clarify that the meeting is still happening - there's two people (myself included) coming as readers so there should be enough discussion going round. I'm gonna submit something small tomorrow morning just to round things off though obviously no worries if it doesn't get read.

    Mon 9th Mar 2020 at 21:26

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      Andrey Pissantchev: Sorry, to clarify, that's two people coming who haven't submitted something already.

      Mon 9th Mar 2020 at 21:27

    • Amanda

      Amanda: Hello I’m coming as a reader with three submissions.

      Thu 12th Mar 2020 at 08:20

    • Amanda

      Amanda: Can we contact the other two submissions to check that they’re definitely coming?

      Thu 12th Mar 2020 at 08:21

  • Richard

    Richard: An anthology update. Please use 'LWAP-anthology@protonmail.com' when sending your submissions. (The username 'LWAPanthology' was already taken, which is either an incredible coincidence or we used it before.) If I have them by March 1st that should be fine. Ta

    Thu 20th Feb 2020 at 13:26

  • Richard

    Richard: Hey all, Traditionally in February/March LWAP has put together an anthology. Previous ones have had a theme (though my mind has completely blanked on examples) but this year the intention is that it be left open for people to put forward whatever piece they feel best represents their work, or that they're most proud of. It would be great to have everyone represented. I'll put an email address on the Whatsapp group to send the pieces to. We've entered the anthology in a competition before, I'm not sure when the deadline for that is but I'll post it on here when I know. Most likely I'll need to start gathering things together about the end of Feb. If there's anyone who takes inspiriration from being given a theme, or a prompt, then I suggest 'home'. There's a book of that name by Marilynne Robinson that I've thought of a lot recently. If there's anything here I haven't covered then do please send me a message. I'm looking forward to reading your work. Richard

    Mon 27th Jan 2020 at 17:55

    • Kat

      Kat: Thanks for this Richard - that's great! The deadline is the 30th March, which means I'll need to have all the pieces by mid-March at the absolute latest to have a chance to collate everything into a book, get copies printed and send it off. So Richard may need to nudge his deadline up a little to give him time to read, format etc the entries. More info about the comp we want to enter here: https://www.nawg.co.uk/competitions For those that don't know, we've placed pretty much every time we've entered, but not managed to come first yet...

      Tue 28th Jan 2020 at 19:39

  • Kat

    Kat: Hi all - in my haste to submit yesterday, I forgot that my piece is almost 4,000 words, and I didn't mark the 2,000 word point. Most of you have probably read it already as it was my competition entry piece, so hopefully it won't be too much of a problem, but apologies and obvs feel free to stop halfway if you're short of time.

    Mon 6th Jan 2020 at 11:57