TLC June Newsletter
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Dear Friends of TLC,

Welcome to TLC's June Newsletter.

There is still just about time to get your hands on a Festival Pass for our Being a Writer Festival, which begins on 20th June. Individual session tickets will remain on sale, but Festival Passes giving access to all twelve sessions for just £99 are only on sale until June 19th. All ticket-holders get the chance to enter the TLC Pen Factor Prize (
deadline extended to 9am (BST), Monday 20th June 2022). 

Also in our June newsletter, we have news about the return of the TLC LGBTQ+ Free Reads with novelist and writing tutor Michael Langan, and a brand new partnership for 2022. We bring you the latest Being a Writer workshop, with performance artist and author Lucy English. 'The Art of Reading Aloud' will help you find your voice and make you a more powerful storyteller. In our monthly Showcase, read an extract from Lauren Nathan-Lane's important and timely manifesto 'It's time we got more radical about care', which explores how we live alongside illness and all its complexities. And we have a fantastic piece in our monthly TLC Blog from writer Agnes Halvorssen on the notion of 'rejection'.

As always, happy writing, reading, and editing. 


Last Chance to Buy Being a Writer Festival Tickets

A final reminder that tickets are still available for TLC's first ever Being a Writer Festival, which will be held online June 20th - July 21st 2022. Individual tickets will continue to be on sale throughout the programme, as well as our £30 Video Tickets, but Festival Passes which grant access to all sessions are only on sale until June 19th - so don't delay!

Across five weeks and twelve inspiring sessions, we invite you to hear from a range of speakers across the publishing and wellbeing industries. Programme highlights include a keynote by writer and activist Nikesh Shukla on June 20th, sessions on writing and sustainability, an interactive creativity incubator, a publishers' panel that looks to the future of literary production, a discussion about reading culture, a debut novelists' roundtable, and writing craft Masterclasses with Dorothy Koomson, Vaseem Khan, Paul McVeigh and Monique Roffey. All sessions will be captioned, and our keynote will be live-captioned by StageText.

All Being A Writer Festival ticket-holders are welcome to submit their work to the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition for the opportunity to pitch your writing to a live panel of industry judges. 2022 marks 10 years of TLC Pen Factor, and as a competition it has an impressive track record for finding talent, with many of our previous finalists going on to be published - including as a direct result of meeting their agent there! The prize bundle this year is worth £2,000 and we’re very grateful to our wonderful prize partners for their generous support. To be in with a chance of winning, you need a ticket to the Being a Writer Festival, which you can pick up

Join us for this unique summer event and learn how to write well, and feel well.

BUY NOW Being a Writer Festival Pass (access all areas): £99

BUY NOW Being a Writer Member Festival Pass (access all areas): £60

CLICK HERE for Full Programme and further details.

LGBTQ+ Free Reads

We are delighted to announce we are once more partnering with novelist and writing tutor Michael Langan to offer six UK-based LGBTQ+ writers free professional feedback on the first 15,000 words of their novels or novels-in progress. We’re also very excited to announce that this year, we are partnering with writing organisation Out on the Page who do wonderful work uplifting and empowering LGBTQ+ writers. Winners of the bursaries will receive a Writer Development 1:1 with Out on the Page Founder and Director Paul Bradley. These one to ones have been designed to enable writers to take stock of their development, gain new insights, and build achievable plans.

Applications for TLC’s 2022 LGBTQ+ Free Reads are open now, and will close at 9am BST on Thursday 30th June 2022.

Read more about the scheme, and apply here.


Being a Writer: The Art of Reading Aloud

Master the art of reading your writing aloud, with performance artist and author Lucy English. Learn to become a more powerful storyteller with practical tips to help you communicate effectively, and with impact, engaging your audiences and allowing your writing to speak from a place of maximum authenticity.
22nd September 2022, 5pm-6:30pm BST (Online)

Book your place now.

These workshops are FREE for members of the TLC Being A Writer platform with extremely limited £25 non-member tickets. Details about how to become a member for access to events, workshops, courses, podcasts and more can be found here.

TLC Showcase: Lauren Nathan-Lane

“Self-care when you’re long term sick is incredibly important but sadly the idea of self-care seems to have been hijacked by the more toxic side of ‘wellness’. In this chapter I’ll discuss what self/care might look like if we move away from the expectation of always having to self/care alone and move more towards mutual aid and community care.”

We're excited to feature a wonderful writer in our monthly Showcase - read an extract from Lauren Nathan-Lane's important and timely manifesto 'It's time we got more radical about care', which explores how we live alongside illness and all its complexities. Lauren undertook ACE-funded mentoring with TLC via Wasafiri, with Michelle Yaa Asantewa, and is working hard on finishing her full manuscript.

Read more about Lauren's work in the June Showcase.

TLC Blog: Reflections on 'rejection'

"I am a writer and have submitted to many publications and competitions, occasionally successfully, mostly not. At first, it hurt a lot, but I have found that the more I submit, the more resilient I become. But what really helped me to accept the ‘nos’ was a recent experience where I was on the other side."

In this month's TLC Blog, we re-examine the idea of 'rejection', as Agnes Halvorssen reflects on how we can approach having our writing 'rejected' in a more constructive way. She shares lots of practical insights into how to feel more positive about persevering with submissions in the face of adversity.

Read Agnes' full blog here.

Do you have something on your mind, about books, literature and the value of literature, or publishing, that you'd like to blog about for us? We are actively seeking pitches to: We pay an honorarium of £50 per blog.

Women Poets' Circle: Rebecca Swift Foundation

Do you feel like you’re out of sync with your creativity? Are you struggling to find confidence in how you’re expressing yourself through your work? 

On Wednesday 29 June at 7pm, the Rebecca Swift Foundation are hosting an online Women Poets' Circle all about developing creativity and confidence, with poet and life coach Shamshad Kahn on hand to facilitate a discussion designed to encourage and empower you and your poetry. The topic has been selected by members of the Women Poet's Network based on Shamshad's article, which you can read here.

Tickets are just £5 or free if you're a #WomenPoetsNetwork member. Women poets of all experience levels are warmly invited to bring questions, comments, and personal experiences on the topic in hand and contribute to a lively, thought-provoking, and useful discussion. 


Writing Inspiration

A word here for TLC friend/former client Winnie M Li, whose second novel Complicit comes out this month. Winnie benefited from a TLC Free Read on her first draft of Complicit, and you can preorder your own copy of the finished book here. Those of you who are Being a Writer members can listen to her BAW podcast on 'Writing & Motherhood' which will be out later this month, and in July she’ll be sharing some insight on her writing process in our July Blog.

Other things from around the web to inspire you this month...

* Book now for events for writers at Crossing the Tees Book Festival throughout June, online and in person in the North East.
* Some writing exercises we published earlier in May for Mental Health Awareness Week.

The 2022 Mslexia Writing Competitions are open for entries until 19th September.
* The Royal Society of Literature's V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is now open for entries.
* The creative benefits of writing longhand, via Psychology Today.

* TLC Press Craft and Creativity Mini Guides are on sale and cover such craft elements as 'Dialogue', 'Plot' and 'Voice'. Pick them up for just £1 each (or the full bundle for £8) here.
Thank you for reading this newsletter. For further information on TLC's core services including manuscript assessment, mentoring, and other editing services including copy-editing and proofreading, do visit our website. All general enquiries and manuscript submissions should be sent to Writing Services Officer Nelima Begum at

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A brand new digital literary festival from TLC, taking place June 20th-July 21st 2022. With interviews, readings, panels, Masterclasses and the return of the hugely popular TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition in its 10th anniversary.

Come and join us and learn how to be a writer... and thrive.

"My TLC reader read my novel and her feedback was excellent. She helped me see what didn't quite work with the pacing and storyline, and she helped me see that I was writing a thriller; I'd been unsure of the genre up to that point. She was also very encouraging, which is exactly what I needed. After working on my manuscript, TLC put me in touch with Sapere Books, who are publishing Running in Circles. I'm so grateful to everyone at TLC; I feel like they offer something very special, and they have kickstarted my career."

Claire Gray, Running in Circles.
"I feel the scheme has set me up for a writing life. In this sense, it really has been priceless."

Rachel Connor, Sisterwives (Crocus Books)

"[Chapter and Verse's] combination of personal attention and truthful critical advice is ideal for anyone who is serious about their writing."

Joanna Briscoe, Sleep With Me (Bloomsbury)

"In a nutshell, I now have a novel on its way to completion with the possibility of being read by someone."

Jennifer Makumbi, Kintu (Oneworld)

"It's been the best investment I have ever spent."

Liz Harris, author  

Find out more here
"Having my manuscript assessed by TLC was the best investment I've made in years." 

Kerry Young, Pao.

Published by Bloomsbury

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize
"The team at TLC were very helpful. I got a detailed report back on the manuscript which encouraged me to look at it through the editor's eyes. I used it to edit and hone the story. The novel read so much better afterwards. My experience with TLC was wonderful and I'm so glad I chose them."

Faiqa Mansab, This House of Clay and Water
The Art of Reading Aloud (Being a Writer)

22nd September 2022, 5pm-6:30pm (Online)

Master the art of reading your writing aloud, with performance artist and author Lucy English.

Bright Energy
by Lisa Robbins

Licensed homeopath Lisa Robbins gives her top tips on staying healthy and in tune with your body's energy.

"My TLC Reader responded with professional warmth, enthusiasm and detailed, critical feedback. Her suggestions and responses (including writing exercises to get under the skin of less developed characters) were invaluable. It was a no-brainer to send TLC my second manuscript and once again I received detailed, critical and constructive feedback. The bottom line is that this service empowered the writer in me."

Mish Cromer, Alabama Chrome
Quick-Fire Chakras
by Julia Forster

Spark your inner energy centres and further connect with the artistic impulse which has led to you becoming a writer with these seven meditations for the seven chakras.

Three Poems
by Alex Vellis

Alex Vellis reads poems by Anthony Anaxagorou, John McCullough, and Joelle Taylor.

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