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Literary Agents

Literary Link details are provided by organisations and individuals themselves and are separate from YouWriteOn.com with their own guidelines and policies.

www.annettegreenagency.co.uk The Annette Green Agency. Client list includes Meg Cabot author of the bestselling The Princess Diaries series, and youwriteon member and author Charlotte Betts.This is an independent literary agency founded in 1998 by Annette Green.  After several years at A M Heath & Co - one of the oldest agencies in London - Annette Green decided to set up her own business and seek out new, exciting writers of fiction and non-fiction. Annette Green is a consultant to the Creative Writing MA course at Middlesex University.

"Pen Heaven was started in 2008 and is a privately owned, online retailer based in London specialising in engraved pens and leather journals. Through their blog they publish a number of writing resources, including their Authors' Corner devoted to articles that offer advice to aspiring writers. The Authors' Corner is currently home to the likes of interviews, advice about self-publishing and tips to combat clichés in the hope that it will inspire new writers to pick up their pens and get writing."

Link through to the Author's Corner section is: www.penheaven.co.uk/blog/authors-corner/



The Poetry School - http://www.poetryschool.com/

"We offer a programme of classes both online and face to face, to teach adults to write poetry. From the ongoing commitment of a year-long course to a burst of inspiration from a one-day workshop, we offer poets of all levels the opportunity to improve their skills. We are open to everyone, regardless of qualifications or experience."

The Writers Workshop
http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/
The Writers' Workshop offers editorial advice to new writers. It also runs creative writing courses and hosts the WW Festival of Writing at York every September.

Agent Hunter
http://www.agenthunter.co.uk/
Agent Hunter is a new way for writers to search for literary agents. Instead of just getting a list of names and addresses you get full information on every agent (photos, biographies, submission advice and much more) - and you can search the list according to your own selection criteria.


New Literary Agency - Whispering Buffalo Literary Agency Ltd

Mariam Keen,  previously an assistant to Darley Anderson & Ali Gunn, launched The Whispering Buffalo Literary Agency in 2008.   The agency specializes in breaking debut names into the market &  is actively building its  list across commercial/literary fiction/non-fiction & children's/YA fiction with particular interest in book to film adaptations.    Whispering Buffalo provides a high level of personal representation & also handles merchandising. 

The agency does not handle poetry, plays or academic/textbooks.  Scripts are handled for existing clients only.

 

Submission guidelines: Approach in writing in first instance - please send  three sample chapters with cover letter, synopsis and SAE to ensure return of hard copy material.    

Mariam Keen - Managing Director
Whispering Buffalo Literary Agency Ltd
97 Chesson Road
London
W14  9QS
 Tel  +44 (0)20 7 565 4737
mariam@whisperingbuffalo.com

Cornerstones
Cornerstones is a founding literary consultancy with one of the best reputations in the trade. They scout for agents; offer professional editorial feedback on manuscripts; launch new writers and run specialist workshops."  Visit   www.cornerstones.co.uk

Script Editor
Script Angel - Leading Script Editor Hayley McKenzie offers a one-to-one script feedback, development and mentoring service.  She covers all genres of drama and narrative comedy (including children's) in many forms including television (singles, serials and series), feature films, short films, radio plays and stage plays.  For more information go to www.scriptangel.co.uk

                    

Click here to view a List of Members' Writers' Groups and Websites  


Join A Creative Writing Group or Class

Find a Course or Writing Group - click on this link to go to a BBC page where you can enter your postcode to find creative writing resources and classes that are near you.
Group and Individual membership
Bi-monthly Link magazine
Free Annual Writing Competition for members
Annual Festival of Writing
Further details from: www.nawg.co.uk


London Writer's Cafe

London Writers’ Café is a bi-monthly creative writing group for all writers.

London Writers' Cafe (LWC) was started in 2006, and gives London writers a chance to get constructive, but friendly, feedback on their work from their peers. It’s informal, relaxed and designed to support all writers in improving and making the most of their writing efforts. We now have more than 910 members and still growing...
We meet bi-monthly to share, read and discuss all aspects our writing projects; from sharing new stories or chapters in a novel to overcoming blocks or tips on getting published, there's something useful to anyone who wants to grow as a writer.

We also host talks, events and workshops from editors, authors and publishing professionals. If you'd like to join us, please visit our website or Facebook page or to contact the group organiser, Lisa Goll, with any queries or questions. 

LWC's Website: http://www.meetup.com/londonwriterscafe/
Join LWC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/London-Writers-Cafe/114085828633479



London Metropolitan University. BA Creative Writing (single and combined honours)  


Spread The Word - Literature Development for London  Spread the Word works with London writers at all stages of their careers to help them achieve their full potential. Using professional writers they provide expert advice, training and guidance, as well as public performances and an extensive range of online resources 

 
Writers' Magazines

KUDOS Writing At least 50 competitions for poetry, around 40 for short stories. Plus collections, anthologies, playwriting, non fiction, books etc. Only £2.50 per issue and you may subscribe as and when, 1, 2, 3 etc. Or save time and postage with subs for a year, 6 issues: 15 pounds.

The New Writer   Bi-monthly magazine which publishes the best in fact, fiction and poetry; packed full of market information, monthly email Newsletter included in subscription package, administers annual Prose & Poetry Prizes.

The View from Here Magazine The View From Here is a literary print and on-line magazine with author interviews, book reviews, news & events, original fiction, cartoons, articles and behind the scenes features.
We exist to provide an environment for authors and poets to feel connected and inspired and to showcase new talent. We are currently open for submissions.

Writers' News and Writing Magazine


Writing Magazine prides itself on providing aspiring and published writers with informative, practical how-to advice on a wide range of genres, insightful interviews with leading authors and monthly competitions where readers can win cash prizes and the opportunity to see their winning entry published in our bestselling magazines.

Writers' News is our exclusive monthly subscriber-only publication produced to keep our readers informed of the publishers, agents and editors looking for submissions. It also contains news of literature festivals and workshops to attend, and other useful information for writers. 

Subscriptions to these bestselling writing publications are available throughout the UK, Europe and rest of the world through the Writers’ News website or by calling 01778 392482.

Wasafari Magazine Magazine of International Contemporary Writing with a special focus on India, Africa and the Caribbean. Features new and established writers and poets, also essays, interviews, art and reviews. 


Original Short Story Magazines

TTA Press is named after the magazine it founded in 1994, The Third Alternative, which is renowned for its slipstream/horror fiction and introduction (or early publication) of writers such as Nicholas Royle, Justina Robson, Neal Asher and a great many others. The magazine has also published  authors including Muriel Gray,  Brian Aldiss, Elizabeth Bear and many others. The magazine is twice winner of the British Fantasy Award.

TTA Press now publish: 

short science fiction and fantasy in Interzone
short form crime fiction in Crimewave
short form horror genre fiction in Black Static 

TTA Press Submission Guidelines: It is strongly recommended that you study the magazines before submitting.

Member Blogs

Mike French  The View from Here is a magazine style literary blog with author interviews, book reviews, Behind the Scenes features and articles sprinkled with the personal musings and progress of writer Mike French.


Writers' Circles and Group - contact us if you would like a link to your writers' group

King's Lynn Writers' Circle


Magneticnorthwriters.co.uk  'We are a friendly, open writers' group, based in South London. New faces are always welcome. We bring work in progress to read aloud, and receive feedback and constructive criticism. We cover poetry, novels, short fiction, screenplays and non-fiction. The group meets each Monday  See magneticnorthwriters.co.uk 
to find out more.


Writers' Websites


The Biography Club

An online writing club dedicated to writing biographies and memoirs.
Whether you are recording your memoirs, researching a book about a historical figure, or just want to be updated on the latest books, The Biography Club is a valuable resource.

The website features writing tips, new book releases, news reports from the world of biographies, interviews with published biographers, a forum, online seminars, advice pieces from authors, and more. Every six weeks, a new edition of the website goes online (a bit like the publication of a magazine). Guest speakers for seminars are drawn from the publishing world, and focus on diverse topics such as ‘How to inject humour into a biography’ to self publishing and researching family history records.

Members are encouraged to get involved, such as by commenting on each others’ work, discussing books, and posting advice tips/questions in the forum.

With a fast-growing membership base, it is set to be one of the most active groups of its kind online.

www.thebiographyclub.com


http://www.horrorwriters.net     A site for all writers of horror fiction. Post your own stories for feedback, interact with other horror writers, and more.

The Writers' Den

http://www.writebuzz.com    is a writer's showcase where amateur and professional writers publish sound-bites of their work for feedback and review.

With over 6,000 publications, including poetry, short-stories, lyrics, and journalism, together with regular writing competitions, there's plenty of reading matter to inspire.



On the following pages are links to resources and exercises to help new writers develop their work. We’re starting off with some excellent articles for aspiring writers from the BBC website, just click on the underlined links below to access them:

Anatomy of a Story Charles Pallister, author of The Quincunx, advises on what makes a story work from beginning to end.

Capturing Places Journalist Sue Chester explains how to let your readers see, touch and taste the world in your work.

Develop Your Voice Stella Duffy, author of Eating Cake and Immaculate Conceit, introduces how you can decide what style of writing is for you, how to use point of view and language to create a distinctive voice.

Poison Pens: Writing Crime Fiction At the London Book Fair in March 2004, authors Minette Walters (The Ice House, The Sculptress) and Mark Billingham (Sleepyhead, Lazybones) held a crime writing masterclass, discussing their experiences in writing for the genre as well as dishing out plenty of useful advice for aspiring writers.

Try This – Try these Free Mini-Creative Writing Exercises

Try This – Finding Inspiration - Discover how to find ideas for your writing in everyday life, adapting your own memories and experiences, or using observations and overheard conversations.

Try This – First Person - Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the first person perspective and learn about the importance of dramatic irony. 

Try This: Genre Buster - Children’s Fiction Discover how to write stories which will grab children's attention with exciting characters and situations. 

Try This – Preparing for Publication First impressions are important, so this minicourse will help you make sure your work is in tip-top condition before sending it out to prospective editors or publishers. 






YouWriteOn Members' Writers' Circles, Groups & Websites

NEW - we have just started to add details of writers' groups. If you are a writers' group and wish to have your details added, please contact us.

 A Creative Writing network to share resources, discuss books, get help with novels you're currently working on and generally speak about all things creative. View Website


Harrow Writers  
www.harrowwriters.org.uk   A Writers Group, based in Harrow, to help with your Writing Skills

Founded in 1948, the Harrow Writers' Circle is a group of 30 or so amateur and professional writers of fiction and non-fiction.

Our President is Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, the well known novelist.

Please visit us whatever your level of experience.

You are sure to improve your writing skills and to meet a friendly and supportive group 


Paddington Writers' Group ( supported by Westminster Libraries) has been running since September 2006 and meets on the second and fourth Thursday each month from 7.00pm - 9.00pm at Paddington Library, Porchester Hall, Porchester Road, London W2 5DU.

The nearest tube stations are
Royal Oak , Queensway and Bayswater and buses Numbers 7,18,23,27 and 36 serve the area.

The Group's website is at 'www.paddingtonwriters.blog.com'. Scroll down for tips on improving writing and short pieces of members' work. Submissions and any queries should be emailed to the Group at
'
paddingtonwriters@hotmail.com
'.

First-timers to meetings are advised to email to confirm the date of the next meeting.

There is a core membership of both published and newer writers and all newcomers are welcome ( Guidelines for members are published on the website ).

At each meeting there are readings from the floor followed by constructive feedback comments for the writer. There are also timed written exercises to improve writing skills, discussions , print-outs of tips to take away and different topics addressed at each meeting.

Forthcoming will be visiting authors, competitions and, hopefully, live events of readings to the public. 
 

thamesvalleywriterscircle.org The Circle is not a tutor-led group but consists of writers and poets of mixed abilities and ages, who take turns to read their work and offer comments on that of others.

We have about 30 members, including two corresponding members in Australia and one in Turkey.  Some members have been published, others write purely for pleasure.

We endeavour to publish at least one collection or anthology of our work each year - all members are encouraged to contribute to our publications.

There is no annual membership fee, subscriptions are on a pay-as-you-attend basis.  We meet every Tuesday in Tilehurst near Reading. 

Wimpole Street Writers' Workshop (WSWW) www.wimpolestreetwriters.com   Jill Robinson started the WSWW in 1991. Jill Robinson has published nine books including bestsellers Perdido and Bed/Time/Story.  Robinson grew up in Hollywood where her father, Dore Schary, was head of MGM in the 1950s. He used to have his troupe of writers over for Sunday brunch; they'd complain, coach each other, urge each other on.  So she figured that she'd get together with some other writers who felt scared and just as committed. The WSWW works because writers need other writers, a deadline, and someone they trust eager to see their work. Robinson says of the workshops: 'We can't always tell each other what is wrong, exactly how to fix it, but as we listen to each other talk, our issues with our own work come into focus. We hone our instincts, become sharper, and seduce each other to reach for new levels of excellence. We court each other's attention, and as the years have gone on, we've become secure enough, so that when new writers join us, they settle in quickly.'


www.writebuzz.com is a writer's showcase where amateur and professional writers publish sound-bites of their work for feedback and review.

With over 6,000 publications, including poetry, short-stories, lyrics, and journalism, together with regular writing competitions, there's plenty of reading matter to inspire.



Scotland

Angus Writers' Circle

President: Wilma Thomson. Vice President: Chris Longmuir

Angus Writers' circle meets at 7.30pm on the first and third Wednesday of every month in the Viewfield Hotel, Viewfield Road, Arbroath, Angus. The programme of meetings includes speakers, workshops and club nights when members read their work and crits are given. New members can expect a warm welcome. Website Link



Visible Ink Writers' Group meets every Tuesday from 7-9pm in The Gray
Room/Meeting Room at the Nelson Hall Community Centre, 5 Spittalfield
Crescent, Edinburgh EH8 9QZ (Tel: 0131 667 8838 Fax: 0131 667 5045 Web:
Nelson Hall). There is a map showing the location on our website:

http://www.visible-ink.co.uk
enquiries to: info@visible-ink.co.uk

We're a mixed, friendly bunch and welcome everyone. 


France

Writers In France    
www.writersinfrance.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







 

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