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.


  • 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.


    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.


    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

  • Chris Kenworthy

    Chris Kenworthy: Here's a link to tonight's plan (workshop on inspiration and ideas): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VAd1Z-dLwibF7gbKYzHVQ0ngSQIFLzYvDQW7NRJlciU/edit?usp=sharing

    Thu 28th Nov 2019 at 08:01

  • Kat

    Kat: Okay, now I'm on my proper computer I'm not sure that link below will work for people, but hopefully this one will: https://www.dropbox.com/request/36trvb6uoxfa1QkUFwN5

    Mon 25th Nov 2019 at 08:41

  • Kat

    Kat: This should be the link to the Dropbox folder - but I’m doing this on the IPad so feel like I’m working with mittens and blindfold on - hopefully it will work...

    Sat 23th Nov 2019 at 16:24

    • Kat

      Kat: Folder for the competition, I mean.

      Sat 23th Nov 2019 at 16:24

  • Chris Kenworthy

    Chris Kenworthy: Our writing competition 2019 is now live. The theme is 'context'. Deadline, word count and inspiration here: http://bit.ly/LWAPCOMP2019

    Sun 3rd Nov 2019 at 16:02

  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: Hi there, if you are intending to come to the LWAP (late) Summer get together on Saturday, could you please let me know. The forecast is good, looking forward to seeing you those that can make it. Thanks.

    Mon 16th Sep 2019 at 10:14

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Someone left there phone in the room, I think it might have been you Amanda. Tried to call it to make sure but realised you'd left the WhatsApp group and we didn't have your number. It's behind the bar now though

    Thu 22th Aug 2019 at 22:21

    • Amanda

      Amanda: Hello. I did pick it up thank you!!!! Such a scatterbrain.

      Thu 12th Sep 2019 at 08:58

  • Amanda

    Amanda: Hello I’m coming tonight but may be 15 mins late....

    Thu 22th Aug 2019 at 16:21