Beginning to write

A six-week course, on Thursdays 7-9pm, beginning on 20th April 2017, at Leila’s Cafe, Shoreditch.

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Have you promised yourself that you’ll start writing this year? Or do you have a few short stories that need attention, or an idea for a novel? It’s not too late.

Our spring six-week course is designed for those who have just started writing fiction, or those who want to develop their skills. Over six evenings throughout April and May, in a cosy Shoreditch café (tea and cake optional), you’ll be set writing exercises. We’ll focus on both novels and short stories. There will be an option to critique other class members’ work, but it’s not a requirement. The main aim is to put pen to paper, to get the words flowing and to learn about your strengths and weaknesses.

Our exercises will focus on point of view, setting, character, openers, description and dialogue. You will have the option to further develop what we’ve covered in class at home and work towards a finished piece of writing by the end of the course. Everyone will have the option to read their work in the last session if they want to, but this will not be obligatory.

Our aim is to offer an affordable home-from-home experience, friendly and comfortable. You’ll leave the course with a toolbox of literary skills, a few new friends, and the confidence to keep on writing.

You can read some feedback from writers who attended our course in 2016 here.

Course fee: Early bird £239. Full price £259.

Date and time: every Thursday evening 7-9pm for six weeks, beginning 20th April 2017

Location: Leila’s Cafe, Shoreditch

Tutors: This course will be taught by both Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert of London Lit Lab. By leading workshops together, we are able to bring two perspectives to everything we teach, and therefore everything is up for discussion! Sharing our differing approaches to writing helps to create a richer learning experience, which we believe benefits everyone who comes on our courses

Places are limited, so if you would like to register for this course, or if you would like roe information, please email