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.


  • 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

  • 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 ;-)

      Yesterday 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 :)

      Yesterday 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

  • Kat

    Kat: I have uploaded the minutes from the AGM. Unlike most minutes, I think it will actually be a good idea to read them especially if you didn't make it to the meeting, as we did make some changes. If you were at the meeting it's less important, though you might want to check what you signed up for. They're in the admin section of the LWAP dropbox folder, or here is a link, which I only have about 50% faith will work:

    Tue 6th Nov 2018 at 20:28

  • Michelle Koleszko

    Michelle Koleszko: Hi all. Is there only 4 items that have been submitted for this Thursday (8th) or am I not accessing the drop box correctly? Michelle

    Tue 6th Nov 2018 at 10:37

    • Kat

      Kat: No - that looks right to me. Four pieces if you disregard Adam's Pandemonium one...

      Tue 6th Nov 2018 at 19:43

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: Sorry guys. I can’t go this Thursday. Forgot I have a gig at the Chemic. I’ll resubmit my piece next time.

    Sun 4th Nov 2018 at 15:02

  • Kat

    Kat: Classmate of the person below?

    A message from Charlotte Hobbs.
    Email Address charlotte.louise.hobbs@gmail.com
    Hi, my name is Charlotte Hobbs and I'm a student from Leeds Art University. I'm studying photography and exploring the concept of narrative photography in terms of literature. I'm looking at Raymond Carver in a lot of detail and wanting to explore dirty realism, minimalism e.t.c. I wondered if you could put me in contact with someone who writes short stories for us to discuss and possibly collaborate. I am wanting to shoot images inspired by a short story of this genre. I have a relatively quick turn around so this wouldn't need to be a large story just something to inspire me and my work. Thank you Charlotte Hobbs charlotte.louise.hobbs@gmail.com

    Thu 1st Nov 2018 at 20:47

  • Kev (A local nobody)

    Kev (A local nobody): I will actually be there.

    Thu 25th Oct 2018 at 15:22

  • 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