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.


  • Dan Collins

    Dan Collins: Hi group, I'm not on WhatsApp I'm afraid so don't have anybody's number. I can't make the party tonight as I'm not very well but I'm excited to have the competition results! If somebody can text or call 07963078660, I'll let you know. Thanks, Dan

    Fri 7th Dec 2018 at 18:10

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I'll let the others know. Sorry to hear you can't make it, Dan, hope you're well!

      Fri 7th Dec 2018 at 18:13

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Is there anyone intending to turn up the the Christmas party (this Friday, my house, 1900) that isn't in the WhatsApp group?

    I don't particularly want post my address up, so will put it in the Dropbox if required, although i had issues with it being accessible last time I tried that trick

    Mon 3rd Dec 2018 at 21:42

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: I'll be sure to check back here before Friday, so don't worry about me missing your request for an address.

      Also, if you have any requests for food and booze beyond Kat's 'wotsits and baked Camembert,' let me know, otherwise it'll be a menagerie of whatever i happen to grab after work.

      Plus wotsits and baked Camembert

      Mon 3rd Dec 2018 at 21:44

    • Dan Collins

      Dan Collins: Hi Ian, really sorry but I'm a bit crook at the moment so won't be able to make your shindig - hope you have a great time and hopefully see you soon. I've emailed the competition results to Katja but in case she doesn't see the email, my mobile is 07963978660 so somebody can call me if you need the results. Cheers, Dan

      Fri 7th Dec 2018 at 16:35

  • Dan Collins

    Dan Collins: A big thank you to everybody who submitted an entry for the LWP 2018 Competition. There are four entries in the folder. Sorry for the tight deadline, but please could you read the 4 entries and send me your votes for 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th place by the end of Thursday 6th? The winner(s) will be announced on Friday at the party. Thank you in advance for your time and votes. Best, Dan email: yelsk67@gmail.com

    Sun 2nd Dec 2018 at 16:18

    • Dan Collins

      Dan Collins: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Leeds%20Writers%20and%20Poets

      Sun 2nd Dec 2018 at 16:19

    • Richard

      Richard: Thanks Dan. Sorry I didn't write anything but I'll let you know my votes.

      Sun 2nd Dec 2018 at 19:13

    • Kat

      Kat: I can actually see six entries in there - although two of them are by the same person, and as you may have guessed, not anonymous... Any guidance for how to proceed, Dan?

      Thu 6th Dec 2018 at 14:31

    • Kat

      Kat: Ignore me, I've just actually looked at all the entries properly and those two are not actually comp entries...

      Thu 6th Dec 2018 at 14:34

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Speaking of writing retreats, here's a much lazier version of that organized by Big Bookend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urbiwrite-the-urban-writing-retreat-for-you-tickets-53143856706

    Basically turn up to a place in town and write kind of thing.

    Thu 29th Nov 2018 at 21:34

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Here's a silly idea that has been floating in my head for a bit. Do you guys want to do a writer's retreat at some point?

    Basically, go off to a B&B or similar somewhere in the hills, write a bit, brood around the windswept moors, write some more, pint or two in the evening. Do this over a long weekend, and hope we don't end up in a Lord of the Flies-style standoff by the end of it.

    Thu 22th Nov 2018 at 11:13

    • Kat

      Kat: I love the idea!

      Fri 23th Nov 2018 at 08:17

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      Andrey Pissantchev: A few others yesterday (Adam W and Ian) sounded like they were up for it. I'm tentatively gonna call it 4th-6th May, Early bank holiday weekend, and plan and pester people about it as it gets closer.

      Fri 23th Nov 2018 at 11:14

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett: I'm a big fan of brooding so this might work for me. I also like windswept moors for the most part, although have never combined the two. I like a pint, and the descent into barbarism has its own merits, so it's a tentative yes for now.

      Fri 23th Nov 2018 at 13:21

    • Adam Burton

      Adam Burton: I’d be up for this

      Sat 24th Nov 2018 at 12:05

    • Richard

      Richard: I like this idea, though not the windswept part. Maybe we could find a nice French chateau....

      Wed 28th Nov 2018 at 19:10

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: Hello guys. I don't see a folder for tomorrow in Dropbox. Can anyone help?

    Wed 21th Nov 2018 at 21:35

    • Adam Wolstenholme

      Adam Wolstenholme: Found them! It was showing up as 2 November for some reason.

      Wed 21th Nov 2018 at 21:44

  • Kat

    Kat: Hi all, I'm going to this and it would be cool if some of you wanted to come too:
    It's at a really cool 'secret' library in the centre of town, it's free and there's likely to be free wine, so not sure there's any reason not to go... However, if you need more reasons: it'll be a good place to meet other local writers and people in the industry and mingle with people who are actually published in the hope that some of the stardust might rub off... I've met Ali Harper and she's really awesome and supportive of other local writers :) Her agent, who is also very cool and approachable is also likely to be there, I assume.

    Wed 21th Nov 2018 at 11:02

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      Andrey Pissantchev: This looks good, I might join. The book launch for that anthology I went to was also in the Leeds Library - it's a cool place.

      Wed 21th Nov 2018 at 11:09

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett: Just signed up for it :)

      Wed 21th Nov 2018 at 11:23

    • Michelle Koleszko

      Michelle Koleszko: I've just signed up too

      Wed 21th Nov 2018 at 20:31

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      Andrey Pissantchev: Likewise. LWAP takeover!

      Thu 22th Nov 2018 at 11:05

    • Adam Burton

      Adam Burton: Also signed up, any excuse to be in the library

      Sat 24th Nov 2018 at 12:04

  • Adam Burton

    Adam Burton: Hello everyone, Katja and I are organising the anthology for this year (hopefully with more luck than last time with Katja at the helm...).

    It was decided at the AGM that we’d stick with last year’s unfulfilled theme of ‘Miscommunication’.

    Piece limits for submission are as follows:

    One piece of prose up to 5000 words,
    Two pieces of poetry with a line limit of ‘within reason’,
    One piece of prose up to 2500 words AND one piece of poetry with a line limit of ‘within reason’.

    Please ensure any submissions are sent to me by February 28th at the latest.

    To pique some interest there was discussion at the last meet about making one of the January sessions an ‘Anthology Workshop’ to stoke some inspiration.

    Sun 11th Nov 2018 at 14:38

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      Wed 21th Nov 2018 at 10:58

  • Dan Collins

    Dan Collins: Hey gang
    it's competition time!!! If you copy and paste the link below into your search bar, it should take you to the competition page. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 25 November and we'll announce the winner at the LWP Christmas party on Friday 7 December.
    Many thanks and best wishes

    Thu 8th Nov 2018 at 12:54

    • Dan Collins

      Dan Collins: Oh, you can just click directly on the link! Shows what a technotard I am!

      Thu 8th Nov 2018 at 12:55

    • Dan Collins

      Dan Collins: This year's topic might not be the most cheerful one - I thought about whether to use it for a long time or whether to choose a less challenging image - but then I then I went with my gut instinct and used it anyway. I think it's good for writers to be pushed out of their comfort zones, and sometimes in life, uncomfortable topics just won't go away. If anybody wants any more background on the photo, email me yelsk67@gmail.com
      Feel free to ignore the photo and just use the word prompt as inspiration if you prefer.
      All the best and I look forward to reading your work. Dan x

      Sun 11th Nov 2018 at 07:36

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      Andrey Pissantchev: You're asking me to write politically aware horror, Dan.

      I'll give it a shot.

      Sun 11th Nov 2018 at 09:00

    • Dan Collins

      Dan Collins: Being human is a political act ;-)

      Mon 12th Nov 2018 at 08:21

    • Dan Collins

      Dan Collins: Good point though, Andre - it really doesn't have to be a politically aware piece - it can be an emotional reaction, it can be a character's reaction to the picture, the picture might only play a background part - it's up to you, they're only prompts, not compulsory elements :)

      Mon 12th Nov 2018 at 18:06

  • Kat

    Kat: New members - please can you RSVP on the schedule if you are coming to the session? It's our fault for not explaining what you need to do, but it helps us make sure there are enough people coming. See the navigation bar above, then click:
    Meetings >> Schedule >> View details >> Yes I can make it

    Tue 6th Nov 2018 at 20:37