Online Writing Workshops

Online Writing Workshops
17 Jun 2020 at 04:00 pm
22 Jul 2020 at 06:00 pm
£35 each or £160 for all six (saving 25%)

TLC has curated a series of six online workshops, on topics that remain perennially popular among our writers and the wider writing community. We will be hosting these on Zoom, with a range of inspiring tutors. You just need a Zoom account to join us, and you can set one up easily and at no cost here.


Tickets to each individual workshop cost just £35 inclusive of VAT. Alternatively, if you would like to book all six, you can buy a series ticket for just £160 inclusive of VAT, saving you 25%. Tickets are limited to strictly 12 per workshop, to allow for the intimacy and attention of our usual TLC in person workshops. 


A limited number of free tickets are available to writers on low income. To apply in confidence for a bursary, please email  by no later than 15 May 2020, clearly stating which workshop you are applying for a bursary ticket to, and telling us why. There is a one bursary ticket limit per writer, so if you would like to include a second choice workshop you are welcome to do this in your email.

How to Book

To book your tickets, please email Nelima Begum at clearly stating which workshop or workshops you are interested in booking, or stating you are interested in purchasing a series ticket to claim your 25% discount. You will then be given a link to a secure payment portal to purchase your ticket(s). Instructions on how to join the workshops will be sent to you by email.

Please note that you will need to book these workshops by email as per the ‘How to Book’ instructions; our usual box office system is unfortunately not in operation during the lockdown. You will be provided with a fully secure payment link. Your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Workshops

First Drafts
with Nikesh Shukla

Wednesday June 17th 4-6pm SOLD OUT
If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email  

Tips and tricks for generating new ideas, pushing past the 20,000 word hurdle, and Getting It Done  

Nikesh Shukla is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Meatspace, the Costa shortlisted novel Coconut Unlimited and the award-winning novella The Time Machine. He is the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrantwhere 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK, and the co-editor of The Good Immigrant USAThe Good Immigrant won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. His first book for teenagers, Run, Riot, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for a Specsavers National Book Award and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award. His second YA, The Boxer, was published in June 2019. Nikesh also writes for TV, and wrote the short film Two Dosas and the Channel 4 sitcom Kabadasses.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Understand how to set yourself a realistic writing plan
  2. Have explored how to structure, plot, plan and keep going
  3. Have learned how to approach thinking about your edit.

Perfect Plotting
with Andrew Wille

Wednesday June 24th 4-6pm SOLD OUT
Tuesday June 30th 4-6pm SOLD OUT
If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email  

How to structure your book. Plot, story, and the mechanics of storytelling  

Andrew Wille has devoted his career to working with books and writers. As senior editor at Little, Brown in London, he edited and acquired many bestselling and critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. Subsequently, as a freelance editor he has worked for most of the UK’s largest publishers as well as many independent presses. He has also lived in the United States and Australia, and has studied and taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he developed a strong interest in contemplative and holistic approaches to writing and creativity. Andrew regularly speaks and offers editorial guidance at writing events, and as a book doctor supports many writers from the start of new projects through to publication and beyond. He also writes fiction and nonfiction. His website can be found here.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Have explored intuitive ways to structure and pace the ingredients of our stories
  2. Understand our characters as plotters
  3. Be familiar with the forms and conventions of plots for a range of genres and types of story.


Crafting Characters
with Kit de Waal

Wednesday July 1st 4-6pm SOLD OUT
Monday July 6th 4-6pm SOLD OUT

If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email  

How to develop believable characters that your readers can invest in   

Kit de Waal has won numerous awards for her short stories and flash fiction. Her debut novel, My Name is Leon won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Costa Debut Novel, the British Book Awards Debut and the Desmond Elliott Prize. In 2016, she founded the Kit de Waal Scholarship at Birkbeck University for a disadvantaged writer to study creative writing. She is the editor of an anthology of working class writing, Common People, which was published in May 2019. Her latest novel, A Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. 

By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Have a checklist of how to build stronger characters
  2. Have written at least one character study
  3. Have written a micro-story featuring your new character.


Edit That Book
with Phoebe Morgan

Wednesday July 8th 6-8pm  SOLD OUT
Monday July 13th 6-8pm SOLD OUT

If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email  

Techniques and top tips to perfect and polish your manuscript, from one of the UK’s leading commercial editors, and a bestselling author  

Phoebe Morgan is an author and editorial director. She works across HarperFiction and Avon, both commercial fiction divisions of HarperCollins, and has published a range of Sunday Times and Kindle bestsellers. She specialises in crime and suspense fiction. She is also the author of three psychological thrillers: The Doll House, The Girl Next Door, and The Babysitter (out in May with HQ). Her books have been translated into multiple languages and her fourth novel will be out in 2021. In 2018 she won a Trailblazer Award for services to the publishing industry. Phoebe is always on the look-out for talented new authors, and writes a blog about writing and publishing here

By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Understand how the book submission process works, from the moment an editor receives a new manuscript to the printed book on a shelf
  2. Understand more about what commercial fiction is, why a hook is important for your book, and what commercial fiction publishers look for
  3. Have more guidance on how to edit your own novel in order to get it up to the right standard for submission.


Submitting to a Literary Agent

with Catherine Cho

Wednesday July 15th 4-6pm  SOLD OUT
Monday July 20th 4-6pm SOLD OUT

If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email  

How best to present yourself to literary agents, getting your submission pitch perfect  

Catherine is a literary agent at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency. She specialises in adult fiction and non-fiction, and is also the Digital Rights Manager overseeing digital strategy at the Agency. Catherine studied English at New York University and received a JD from the University of Hong Kong. After leaving a career in law and public affairs, Catherine began her publishing career at Folio Literary Management in New York as a contracts manager and literary assistant. She then moved to Curtis Brown in London, as an assistant to Jonny Geller, where she worked with clients such as John le Carré, Nigella Lawson and David Nicholls. She was promoted to Associate Agent in 2018, building a list of reading group fiction and non-fiction authors. She joined Madeleine Milburn Ltd in 2019. She is also the author of a memoir, Inferno, which was published by Bloomsbury Circus in 2020.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Understand what agents are looking for, with tips on how to choose which agent to submit to and the mindset of the person on the other side of the screen
  2. Learn all the elements of a successful cover letter
  3. Explore the importance of a logline – how to craft a compelling pitch.


Publishing with a Small Press
with Kit Caless

Wednesday July 22nd 4-6pm BOOKING NOW

Independent publishing is an exciting and innovative area to work in. What’s it like to publish with a small press? 

Kit Caless is a writer and editor based in Hackney Downs, and the co-founder of Influx Press.  Influx Press is committed to publishing innovative and challenging fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction from across the UK and beyond. Formed in 2012, its published titles range from award-nominated fiction debuts and site-specific anthologies to squatting memoirs and radical poetry. In 2018, Influx won the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams won the prestigious James Tait Black Award in 2018, and other titles have been shortlisted and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Edge Hill Prize, the Jhalak Prize, and the Gordon Burn Prize. Kit regularly contributes to magazines such as Vice and The Quietus and is the author of  Spoon’s Carpets: An Appreciation (Vintage/Square Peg 2016).

By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Understand the best way to submit your work to a publisher
  2. Understand the editing process your work will go through before it reaches shops
  3. Have a comprehensive understanding of the UK independent publishing sector.

BOOK NOW by emailing us to receive a payment link
You will receive a secure payment link to book your place for individual workshops at £35. Your place is not confirmed until payment has been received.