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 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

  • Richard

    Richard: Really sorry to be late. Yesterday was the first day of the NFL season and although I'd set aside the evening to write I got completely distracted by my fantasy team.

    Mon 10th Sep 2018 at 21:45

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    Keith Fenton: Hello everyone, acutely aware I have not been in a while. Also, I will not be there for the next couple of months. Meanwhile, I might see who is interested in reviving the Sunday dinnertime Library Clubs, so if anyone plans on doing one, post it here.

    Also, for any poets who may be reading this, I came across this:


    Fri 7th Sep 2018 at 14:30

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      Andrey Pissantchev: You mean the "sitting in the library and writing" kind of thing? I'd be up for that! Next weekend will likely be pretty busy, but I can do the weekend around 22nd/23rd.

      Mon 10th Sep 2018 at 10:48

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: If Andrey is guessing correctly then I'd be up for this too. Should be available for both next weekend and the 23rd, unless I've not been writing things on my calendar

      Mon 10th Sep 2018 at 20:33

  • Kat

    Kat: Hello Leeds Writers and Poets, My name is Patrick Green and I am a creative writing facilitator based near Richmond. I now have a new venue for Out The Box Poetry that I hope people in North Yorkshire will be interested in. I was wanting to know if it were possible to be shared? Richmond Library Poetry and Prose Open Mic - We are joined by guest poets Gill Lambert and Simma Singer. Tuesday October 2nd Richmond Library Queens Road Richmond North Yorkshire DL10 4AE Doors: 7:15pm - 8:45pm Entry: £4 Free Refreshments Come and deliver your poetry and prose. Enjoy an evening with two brilliant poets. The event on FB is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2086063854993524/ The two guest poets are brilliant and I look forward to hearing them and the people that attend. Kind Regards Patrick Green

    Thu 6th Sep 2018 at 15:28

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    Andrey Pissantchev: This may be of interest to people: Northern Short Story Festival Academy. You write stories and get feedback on 'em, once a month for 6 months in 2019: http://www.bigbookend.co.uk/come-and-join-the-northern-short-story-festival-academy/

    I'm thinking of applying.

    Thu 6th Sep 2018 at 10:54

    • Kat

      Kat: This looks fantastic! I'm definitely going to apply. Also, there's this: https://www.facebook.com/NoShoStoBookClub
      I'm going to try to go along if I can find someone to hold the kids...

      Thu 6th Sep 2018 at 15:22

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Any Sci-Fi/speculative fiction-minded people interested in going to next year's WorldCon? It's in Dublin in August 2019: https://dublin2019.com/

    They give out the Hugo awards there so it's pretty damn prestigious.

    Wed 15th Aug 2018 at 15:28

    • Kat

      Kat: That looks awesome! Don't think I'll make it next year, but it's definitely one to go on the list...

      Thu 6th Sep 2018 at 15:23

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      Andrey Pissantchev: They do it all over the world (most often the US), so it's probably worth clearing that schedule.

      Fri 7th Sep 2018 at 09:32

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: I've just got back from a festival and am working on a late submission for Thursday. Should be in by this afternoon, if you have time for it.

    Tue 7th Aug 2018 at 12:19

    • Kat

      Kat: I have also only just put my submission in...

      Tue 7th Aug 2018 at 20:12

  • Russell Lloyd

    Russell Lloyd: Sorry, folks, away caravaning next week. Hope it goes well??????

    Fri 3rd Aug 2018 at 21:27

  • Kat

    Kat: Sent out the call for submissions already - get me all organised! And Ian is the official moderator this time - so Andrey, better get your timer ready...

    Thu 2nd Aug 2018 at 19:29

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I'm not sure how I feel about being the timer mule for everyone else.

      Sat 4th Aug 2018 at 09:51

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: You don't have to feel, you just have to time

      Sun 5th Aug 2018 at 19:34

    • Kat

      Kat: It's been a while since a comment has made me snort tea out of my nose : )

      Tue 7th Aug 2018 at 20:13

  • Kat

    Kat: Hachette creates new award for northern children's writers
    Published July 13, 2018 by Katherine Cowdrey
    Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) and New Writing North (NWN) are creating a new award for debut children’s writers from the North of England.

    The prize is aimed at debut writers of middle-grade and young teen fiction who currently live and work in the North of England. At stake is a publishing deal for their book with the Hachette Children’s Group, whose fiction list includes authors such as David Almond (Skellig), Cressida Cowell (Wizards of Once and the How To Train Your Dragon series), Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor), Will Mabbitt (Embassy of the Dead), and Patrice Lawrence (Orange Boy).


    Tue 31th Jul 2018 at 09:46