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Are you a writer? Are you looking for advice on how to write a synopsis? How to format a manuscript before submission? How to deal with feedback? Here at TLC we have been working with writers for over 25 years. We have created a set of completely free resources for writers to support your writing life, addressing some of the key topics, questions and challenges. If you enjoy them, do let us know by tagging us on social media (just search ‘The Literary Consultancy’) or by dropping us an email. We’d love to hear from you!

How to Write a Synopsis

TLC Director Aki Schilz guides you through how to write a synopsis.

How to Pitch to a Literary Agent

Learn how to pitch your book to a literary agent, with this handy guide.

How to Format a Manuscript

Struggling with formatting, indents, speech marks, or paragraphs? This useful template will show you how to format your manuscript.

How to Give and Receive Feedback

This resource, on setting up a writing group, is in two parts. The first part focusses on how to set up a writing group. The second focusses on how to give and receive (peer) feedback.

How to Write when Life Gets in the Way

Writing can be isolating even in good times, and in times of high stress it’s important
to remember to take care of yourself as well as you can. This guide has helpful resources and advice to help you keep going.

How to Edit Your Own Writing 

TLC’s Top Ten Tips on self-editing your own writing.

How to Improve Your Writing

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new writer, or more confident about editing your work, there are always small things you can do to improve your writing.

In this post, we share 42 pieces of advice from the TLC Team and our guest authors, which explore different aspects of writing craft.

Other Free Things from TLC

Is There Anybody Reading Me? TLC’s Founding Principles

A free ebook of TLC Founder Rebecca Swift’s psychoanalytic exploration of the relationships between those who write, and those working in the publishing industry.

Funding for UK Writers: Links and Webinar Video 

Some organisations that can support you with funding for your writing.

Why I Write: A Short Film Series by TLC 

The Literary Consultancy presents four specially commissioned short films featuring some of the UK’s most exciting writers, telling their story of how they became writers; and how you can too. 

Hanif Kureishi

Kit de Waal

Ashley Hickson Lovence

Elle McNicoll

TLC Blog

In 2016, TLC’s 20th anniversary year, we launched a blog as a space for thoughtful, non-promotional pieces on all things writing, editing and publishing. The TLC Blog is split into three key areas: Personal blogs, Writing Craft blogs, and Publishing Industry blogs. We have an extensive archive of over five years of monthly insights from writers, publishers and friends of TLC

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