Continuing to write post-MA

Ongoing Critical Workshops

Please note – the current block of London sessions is running October 2017-May 2018; Bristol sessions: December 2017-July 2018. If you would like to join the London course from June 2018 onwards, or the Bristol course from September onwards, please get in touch at

Are you reaching the end of a creative writing MA, or have you completed one in the last three years? Would you like some help getting your manuscript finished and taking the next steps towards publication?

Getting through the final stretch on your manuscript can be tough when seminars end and support from university tutors is no longer available. We know this is a common difficulty for creative writers coming out of MA courses, and we want to help you keep up your writing momentum, with the aim of finding a home for your finished book.

Starting in October 2017, we’re hosting monthly evening workshops for writers who have recently finished their creative writing MA, to help them work towards completing their manuscript.

Members take turns to share work-in-progress ahead of each workshop, which is then critiqued during the session, with constructive feedback and discussion on any problems or issues raised. We’ll also arrange occasional guest speakers such as agents, writers or editors, to help group members break into the industry.

This eight-month workshop-based course is for writers who are currently completing a creative writing MA, or have finished one in the last few years.

Whether you are writing a novel, short stories or memoir, including genre or YA fiction, you are welcome to join this course.

Cost: The initial fee of £220 will cover eight sessions, over eight months. We will continue the monthly workshops after that, so you will be able to sign up for a further block if you would like. The group will be limited to a maximum of 12, and there will be a waiting list for anyone who misses the first block but would like to join later.

Location: Arcola Theatre (private meeting room), Dalston, East London; Paintworks, Bristol, BS1

Times and dates: the London monthly meetings will be held on Monday evenings, 7-9pm, on the following dates:

  • 16 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 11 December 2017
  • 08 January 2018
  • 26 February 2018
  • 12 March 2018
  • 16 April 2018
  • 14 May 2018

Times and dates: the Bristol monthly meetings will be held on Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, on the following dates:

  • 14 December 2017
  • 11 January 2018
  • 08 February 2018
  • 08 March 2018
  • 12 April 2018
  • 10 May 2018
  • 14 June 2018
  • 12 July 2018

Tutor: the London group will be chaired by Zoe Gilbert of London Lit Lab. Zoe has chaired the North London Writers Group and her own short story critique group for many years, as well as teaching and mentoring writers at London Lit Lab. She is currently completing a creative writing PhD on folk tales in new fiction, and her book, Folk, will be published by Bloomsbury in February 2018. You can read more about her here.

Tutor: the Bristol group will be chaired by Lily Dunn of London Lit Lab. Lily is an Associate Lecturer at both Birkbeck, University of London, and Bath Spa University, and has ample experience teaching both university level students and marginalised groups. She also teaches privately through London Lit Lab. She has written two novels, and is currently writing creative nonfiction on a PhD, and her personal essays are being published by Granta. You can read more about her here.

Group members will also have the option of receiving one-to-one support or critical feedback, at an extra fee, from either Zoe Gilbert or Lily Dunn.

To ask any questions or reserve a place, please get in touch at