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.

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  • Richard

    Richard: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/78601-bartering-with-the-facts-how-a-novelist-solves-a-historical-problem.html

    I just finished reading a really good book, and whilst finding out more about it came across this article by the author, about research and the importance of accuracy. I thought it was interesting.

    Sun 13th Jan 2019 at 16:26


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    Andrey Pissantchev: Also! I appear to have volunteered myself to organize the inaugural LWAP writing retreat for this year.

    I'd like to get a rough number of people thinking of attending and a general idea of what people are interested in, so please fill out this survey for me: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B9W923L

    (I'll be checking the results around the next session on January 24th, make sure to get your answer in before that.)

    Sat 12th Jan 2019 at 19:07

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett:

      Mon 14th Jan 2019 at 08:46

    • Kat

      Kat: Okay, I did it, but typically for me I wanted an 'other' option on almost all of them because none of the answers fitted me perfectly. I prefer August because Freyja will be older so more of a chance both Timi and I will be able to get away for the weekend if we can bribe / blackmail / surprise baby one of the nanas into it. But I can do both, technically. I put a 'maximim' budget but it's not a hard number, just a preferred. Bet you're all glad I shared this with all of you - I'm sure you have nothing better to be doing than reading this inane waffling. It's like the antithesis of Mark's comment.

      Wed 16th Jan 2019 at 21:21


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    Andrey Pissantchev: Next session is officially down as a workshop. I've not heard anything about it so I assume it's a normal critique session?

    Sat 12th Jan 2019 at 14:08

    • Richard

      Richard: Are we still doing the anthology? Maybe worth doing something around that?

      Sat 12th Jan 2019 at 16:06

    • Kat

      Kat: I'm happy to facilitate some writing exercises based around the anthology topic if there isn't too much dissent...

      Wed 16th Jan 2019 at 21:10


  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: I’m going. I’m having trouble with drop box. I’d be grateful if those submitting could email me theirs. adamwolstenholme@talktalk.net

    Tue 8th Jan 2019 at 15:20

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: I'll send you everything that's in there now

      Tue 8th Jan 2019 at 20:44


  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: I'm confused. There are three people down to attend this week and seven pieces of work, discounting my own, in the submissions file. Can anyone shed any light on this because I don't want to be critiquing work that isn't relevant to the meeting?

    Tue 8th Jan 2019 at 14:55

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: I'm working on the assumption that people have generally gotten lax about saying they're attending rather than maliciously uploading pieces with no intention of turning up.

      Although that does sound a deliciously petty way of being a troll ...

      Tue 8th Jan 2019 at 20:43

    • Kat

      Kat: Hiya! Afraid I can't make it tonight, but plan to be back with a vengeance from next session.

      Thu 10th Jan 2019 at 14:43

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett: So, did you submit one of these pieces Kat?

      Thu 10th Jan 2019 at 15:29

    • Kat

      Kat: Not guilty

      Thu 10th Jan 2019 at 20:53


  • Amanda

    Amanda: Hello and happy new year! Looking at the meeting schedule, I’m in London (work) for the January and February meet ups. Gutted! I’ll read the submitted pieces and will bring with me when I catch up with you all in March. If there’s anything happening any weekend let me know.... Manda x

    Sun 6th Jan 2019 at 16:39

    • Amanda

      Amanda: Ps I’ll carry on writing! I’ve managed to grab some time this weekend which has been good!

      Sun 6th Jan 2019 at 16:40


  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: A bit late, but I wanted to thank Ian and Imogen for hosting the LWAP Christmas Party. They were great hosts and company, and thanks to them, I am now hooked on gin martinis, which is nice. Merry Christmas to all LWAP and your loved ones. I wish you good health and phenomenal writing success in the new year x

    Thu 20th Dec 2018 at 12:07

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: Thanks very much Mark, glad to be a bad influence

      Wed 2nd Jan 2019 at 21:41

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: Thanks very much Mark, glad to be a bad influence

      Wed 2nd Jan 2019 at 21:41


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    JohnP: I have to cancel this evening, 13th Dec. See you in the new year. (My plan is to be 3 submissions ahead / in hand for meetings as a new year resolution). J.

    Thu 13th Dec 2018 at 12:27


  • Richard

    Richard: https://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/short-story-submission-guidelines.php

    They just put out an appeal of sorts on twitter for stories.

    Wed 12th Dec 2018 at 14:04


  • Richard

    Richard: http://northernwritersawards.com/enter/

    Tue 11th Dec 2018 at 16:56