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Dear Friends of TLC,


Welcome to TLC's December Newsletter.

Firstly, a huge thank you to all who attended our recent 25th Birthday celebrations, either in person, or via the online livestream. It was wonderful to see so many positive comments about TLC's impact, and well wishes, as we celebrated a quarter of a century of supporting writers. You can watch back the livestream by clicking here. You can also read a write-up of the party here.

We would love you to be part of helping us develop our future plans and services over the next 25 years, to make sure that TLC continues to offer relevant, high-calibre services to writers. To that end, we have designed a new audience sur
vey. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and there's a chance to win a £100 book voucher. More information below, or you can click here to take part now.

There are now just 6 spaces left on our exclusive Write Club Plus programme for next year, and the deadline for sign-ups is fast-approaching. You only have until the 3rd January 2022 to sign up and receive your welcome pack, so move quickly to secure your place. Or why not treat the writer in your life (or yourself!) to a place on the programme as an early Christmas gift? On that note, a reminder that we still have personalised Christmas vouchers available for our editorial services until Monday 13th December.

If you're looking to start a new project, then Write Club Plus might be for you - but if you've got your manuscript done and polished, and are looking to send it out into the world - we've got two fantastic new workshops via our Being a Writer Platform. In
February, we'll be running two online workshops for both Fiction and Non-Fiction writers with Jamie Cowen, Managing Director and Literary Agent at The Ampersand Agency, and Silé Edwards, Literary Agent at Mushens Entertainment. Learn the art of pitching fiction whilst managing anxiety, confidence, and resilience, with our 'Pitch with Confidence' workshops. FREE for Being a Writer members, with just five non-member tickets available at each workshop for £25. To gain access to year-round member free-to-members events, as well as digital courses, podcasts, and resources, do have a look at our membership.

We're delighted to welcome back TLC Reader Ashley Stokes for Part Two of his TLC Blog, The Art of Not Giving In, as he concludes the story of how his novel burst into life. And we have a fantastically talented writer for our Showcase this month, as we spotlight the work of Free Read mentee Alinah Azadeh. Alinah was awarded a place on our mentoring scheme via SABLE LitMag earlier this year. She's been longlisted for the SI Leeds Prize, and her artist memoir In the Skin of a Stranger is our showcase this month.

A very merry festive season to you all, and we hope you have a positive, restful end to the year.


As always, happy writing, reading, and editing. 

TLC

Complete Our Audience Survey

As we approach the New Year, we’re carrying out some audience research to better understand who our writers are; where you are in youry writing journey, and what you'd like to see from TLC.

Complete our audience survey via the link below and you can enter a prize draw to win a £100 book voucher. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and the information will be used to help us develop our future plans and services.

In addition, we’ll be scheduling some individual 30-40 minute research interviews in January 2022, which will take place via Zoom. These sessions will gather additional information on how writers develop their craft and approach publishing.  

If you would like to take part as an interviewee, please register your interest now and email Amy Lord at amy@literaryconsultancy.co.uk. Participants will receive a £25 thank you payment for their time. Spaces are limited.

Take the survey HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C5WFTJ9

Being a Writer: Write Club Plus LAST CHANCE TO JOIN

We now only have 5 spaces left for our new 12-month facilitated writing programme, Write Club Plus. The programme includes practical workshops, motivational masterclasses, monthly writing groups, weekly inspirational prompts, and much more.

Sign up now to receive your Welcome Pack which includes a 12-month creative roadmap for the year ahead

Write Club Plus includes:
•Write Club Plus Roadmap to map out your year of writing
•Goal setting worksheets to stay on track
•Monthly Write Clubs to keep momentum going
•Quarterly check-ins with fellow members to keep you accountable
•Group workshops to help motivate and inspire
•Motivational Masterclasses with special guest tutors
•Weekly creative prompts delivered straight to your inbox
•An end-of-year sharing circle to celebrate our writing together
•Access to a supportive community of peers
•A private digital space to share your work and chat with other members

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Being a Writer: Pitch with Confidence

If you've completed your manuscript, and are looking to send it out into the world, we've got two fantastic new workshops via our Being a Writer Platform coming up in 2022. Learn the art of pitching fiction whilst managing anxiety, confidence, and resilience, with our 'Pitch with Confidence' workshops. In February, we'll be running two online workshops for both Fiction and Non-Fiction writers with Jamie Cowen, Managing Director and Literary Agent at The Ampersand Agency, and Silé Edwards, Literary Agent at Mushens Entertainment.

These workshops are free for Being a Writer members, included with your membership. An extremely limited number of non-member tickets are available for £25.

BOOK NOW for Pitch with Confidence: Fiction 15.02.22 5-6.30pm GMT
BOOK NOW for Pitch with Confidence: Non-Fiction. 17.02.22 5-6.30pm GMT

Not yet a member of Being A Writer? Sign up here.

TLC Christmas Vouchers

Personalised TLC Christmas gift vouchers are still available, redeemable against manuscript assessment and mentoring (fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry and scripts), Online Writers' Surgeries, and Submission Package ReportsA unique and inspiring gift for the serious writer in your life, offering them professional feedback on their creative project by a highly experienced editor. You can also buy a voucher for £50, £100, £200, or any custom amount.

Some ideas:

For the Short Story Writer: Gift a critical assessment of a short story by a short fiction specialist (up to 2,000 words, £100 inc. VAT)
For the Budding Writer: Gift a professional
 assessment of the first 15,000 words of their novel-in-progress (£225 inc. VAT)
For the Intermediate Writer: Gift a full manuscript assessment (from £450 inc. VAT)
For the Writer who's about to Submit to Agents: Gift a
Submission Package Report (£280 inc. VAT)
For the Writer with a Project: Help them realise their dream by gifting, or putting money towards, a unique TLC
 mentorship to help get their book to completion working one-to-one with a professional editor, plus the chance to meet agents and publishers (£2,200 + VAT, Classic / £3,499 + VAT Premium, 12-18 month programme)

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TLC Blog: The Art of Not Giving In (Part Two)

"I didn’t think anything was going to happen when I submitted the book. I was so numb at the time. All I could see in my personal and professional life was the road ahead running out or ending at a cliff. It was not a good time generally. I didn’t really give this submission much thought. I certainly wasn’t waiting in nervous anticipation."

PREVIOUSLY, in 'The Art of Not Giving In', Ashley Stokes described how he went from abandoning his novel, The North Surrey Gigantopithecus, in 2017, to witnessing its publication with Unsung Stories in 2021 to some acclaim. He had seen the story as a voice exercise and was besotted by the idea of literary voice. Things started to change when he sent the book to a friend who runs an imprint specialising in voice pieces... Read Part Two of TLC Reader, Mentor and novelist, Ashley Stokes' TLC Blog now.

Read Ashley's 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: joe@literaryconsultancy.co.uk We pay an honorarium of £50 per blog.

TLC Showcase: Alinah Azadeh

“When it was longlisted for the S.I. Leeds Literary prize last year, In the Skin of a Stranger was a ‘fiction novel based on real events’. After being offered a Sable Lit mentoring scholarship earlier this year by Kadija George and TLC, working with editor Thalia Suzuma to restructure and complete my book (to whom I am extremely grateful for her rigour and strong belief in my work), I was advised to claim it as my artist memoir, which I now have. Time, space, TLC and so many other brilliant key allies and beta readers have been crucial in the completion of this book (thankyou) which, after five years is now ready to send out for representation and eventual publication.”

We're delighted to feature a fantastically talented writer for our Showcase this month, as we spotlight the work of Free Read mentee Alinah Azadeh. Alinah was awarded a place on our mentoring scheme via SABLE LitMag earlier this year. She's been longlisted for the SI Leeds Prize, and her artist memoir In the Skin of a Stranger is our showcase this month.

Read more about Alinah's work in the December Showcase.

Writing Inspiration

Are you on Twitter? If so, make sure you're following our page @TLCUK for all the latest news, tips and inspiration, including our #TLCTips series of writing tips.

Remember to also follow us on Instagram.

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

* The Northern Writers' Awards, which we're proud to support, are open for submissions now.
* We're featuring 25 TLC Heroes and 25 TLC Talent on our Twitter feed this month.
* It's the time of year for end of year round-ups - the Guardian has a good fiction one here.
*
Free Reads partner Literature Works are open for applications for writers in the South East of England until 31st Dec 2021.
* Representing Wales is a 12 month programme which provides development opportunities for writers from low-income backgrounds in Wales. Open until 14th Dec 2021.

* 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 info@literaryconsultancy.co.uk.

We also have Facebook and Twitter pages where we share information and insights, articles on writing, editing and the publishing industry, as well as tips and recommendations. 
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WATCH TLC's 25th Anniversary Party livestream

Watch a speech from TLC Director Aki Schilz, the screening of a specially commissioned short film with novelist Ashley Hickson-Lovence, a dance-poetry performance from Dancing With Words, and a special ‘What Editors Want’ podcast with Philip Connor speaking to Marianne Tatepo.

You can leave a birthday message for us on our Kitchen Table here.
Why not sign up for Being A Writer, our programme of online courses, podcasts and other resources designed with creativity and resilience in mind? You can sign up now by clicking the Being A Writer button.
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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.

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"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
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‘Why I Write’ is a project in partnership with Story Machine, as part of a year-long programme celebrating TLC’s 25th Anniversary.

Read more about the films and watch them here.
You can donate to the Associate Artist fund by clicking here.
"Since the day I mailed my manuscript to TLC, they would not stop until I was accepted by a top literary agent. The result: my novel, The Black Coat, being published by Penguin Books in India in 2013 and Periscope in the UK in 2015. Thank you to my TLC reader Kavita Bhanot, for her insightful report, and to Rebecca Swift for her personal encouragement. TLC has been with me at every step since 2011.

Neamat Imam, The Black Coat (Penguin India/ Periscope UK)
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