London Lit Lab was created by Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert.
We believe writers can learn a huge amount from each other. We set up London Lit Lab to share our writerly experience, knowledge and inspiration with up-and-coming writers.
Since 2016, we have been designing and teaching our own London Lit Lab courses, and mentoring writers of both fiction and non-fiction. We also teach creative writing courses at other organisations including the British Library, Riba, Mslexia, Arvon Foundation, St Mungo’s, Bath Spa and Birkbeck universities, the IPA and Google.
Lily Dunn is an author, mentor, editor and creative writing teacher. She has written two novels (Portobello Books), a handful of short stories (Matter magazine) and creative nonfiction (Granta; Litro), and is currently working on a PhD in creative writing. She is a trained editor and journalist and has written for Time Out magazine, the Guardian, the Telegraph and numerous other publications. She is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and Bath Spa University, where she teaches undergraduates. She also has experience teaching marginalised groups, specifically those in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. As chair of North London Writers, she has many years experience in critiquing novel manuscripts and short stories. She is co-director of London Lit Lab.
“Lily is a thoughtful, supportive critic of works-in-progress. A fine balance is needed – praising what works, analysing what doesn’t – and she brought that sensitivity to all the fiction we read at North London Writers.” – Alix
“Lily’s lessons were very enjoyable; she was confident and had good control over the class. Lily always brought something new and interesting and it never felt like another boring class I had to go to.” – Ellie
Zoe Gilbert is an author, creative writing teacher and mentor specialising in short fiction. Her stories have been published in anthologies and journals around the world, and have won prizes including the Costa Short Story Award. Her first book, Folk, is published in 2018 by Bloomsbury. She is working on a PhD in Fiction and Creative Writing, focusing on the influence of folk tales on contemporary short stories. As host of the Short Story Critique Group at Waterstones Piccadilly, and co-host the Short Story Club at the Word Factory (where she is Associate Editor), she has many years’ experience of critiquing fiction. She is co-director of London Lit Lab.
“Zoe consistently offers excellent insights and points to consider that never fail to strengthen my work and help me see problems I’ve hitherto been blind to. Her sensitivity and positive approach ensure the critique group is always supportive and the advice constructive.” – Kerry
“Zoe has an enviable ability to get to the true heart of your work and tease out what the reader wants to see, hear and experience.” – Ali
“Before I started coming to Zoe’s critique group, I doubted my ability to write short stories. But in large measure thanks to Zoe’s thoughtful, supportive and perceptive suggestions and edits, I’ve now had two stories published in anthologies.” – Sharon
Robin Mukherjee has contributed extensively to television drama, both returning series (The Bill, Eastenders, Casualty, Medics, etc.) and serials (including Grushko with Brian Cox and Andy Serkis, and Plastic Man with John Thaw and Frances Barber). He has also written for radio and theatre. His most recent film, Lore, was critically acclaimed worldwide, winning Best Adapted Screenplay at the Australian Writers Guild Awards, the Public Prize at Locarno, and many others. It was Australia’s official entry to the Oscars. His original three part serial, Combat Kids, for CBBC/BBC1 was nominated for a BAFTA. Recent work includes Hetty Feather for CBBC, and Judge Dee for Endemol. He is currently adapting Paul Scott’s (Booker Prize winning) novel Staying On for cinema, supported by the BFI. His book, The Art of Screenplays – A Writer’s Guide, is published by Kamera Press, and his novel, Hillstation, by Oldcastle Books. He teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University, and is an associate tutor at London Lit Lab.