The Literary Consultancy, Editorial and Manuscript Services


TLC's readers combine decades of industry experience to provide writers with the feedback they need to move their writing projects forward.
TLC is the UK's first and leading editorial assessment service,

Manuscript Assessment

providing honest feedback and market advice for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, scripts and screenplays.


Chapter and Verse offers the opportunity for exclusive online tuition by an experienced mentor, a TLC read and Industry Day.
Online mentoring for writers wanting world class one-on-one tuition,

Chapter and Verse

for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories.

Success Stories

TLC is proud to have helped writers from all over the world achieve publication success, across both traditional and digital environments.

TLC Success Stories

TLC is proud to have helped writers from all over the world achieve publication success,
across both traditional and new digital publishing environments.

Writers' Day 2017

Mapping the Novel, An Editor's Perspective, Finding Markets, and the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition

TLC Writers' Day 2017

Saturday June 24th, Free Word Centre
Mapping the Novel, An Editor's Perspective and Finding Markets. Come and hear from leading speakers, and enter your writing into the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition for the chance to pitch to agents.

Literary Adventures

TLC's annual writing retreat to Casa Ana in Spain, with workshops led by acclaimed writers and tutors.

Literary Adventures

Find space, time and inspiration in the Andalucian mountains.
TLC returns to the idyllic Casa Ana for its Guardian-recommended writing retreat. September 16th-22nd 2017



  • TLC Pen Factor winner special – Neema Shah

    "Asha walked out towards the vast water, stretching so far that it looked more like an ocean. She’d met Pran for the first time…

  • Tia Williams

    “Feet first. I supposed that would be the way to do it, the way that made the most sense. I could visualise myself curling…

  • Akeem Balogun

    “She watched with her hands holding onto her knees and her legs tightly closed. As the minutes passed her lips dried, and she started…



  • Rebecca Swift 20th Anniversary Keynote speech - 'The Book Inside'

    TLC Director Rebecca Swift discusses the notion of ‘The Book Inside’ in her keynote speech at TLC’s 20th Anniversary Symposium on November 11th 2016 at the Free Word Centre.

  • Lemn Sissay - 'The Book Inside' Poems

    Poet Lemn Sissay OBE opens The Literary Consultancy’s 20th Anniversary Symposium at the Free Word Centre on November 11th 2016 with two specially commissioned poems.

  • Quality Writing for All Launch 2015

    TLC launched its Quality Writing for All Campaign in 2015. Hear from Director and Founder Rebecca Swift, novelist, publisher and TLC editor Jacob Ross, and TLC Free Read recipient, novelist Liam Brown.