TLC July Newsletter
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Dear Friends of TLC,

Welcome to TLC's July Newsletter.

We are a little over a week away from the exciting online premiere of a very special film
 to celebrate TLC's 25th Anniversary: 'Why I Write: Tales of Creativity and Resilience'. A reminder that you join us on the evening of July 15th 2021 for four specially commissioned films featuring Hanif Kureishi, Elle McNicoll, Kit de Waal, and Ashley Hickson-Lovence. 100% of the ‘Why I Write’ premiere ticket proceeds will go towards the creation of a  new TLC Associate Artist fund to support exciting storytellers of the future. We hope you will join us for this unique one-off event.

We're also very pleased to open up some of our Being a Writer events for the very first time. All Being A Writer events are free for members, but we have now opened up an extremely limited number of non-member tickets to certain workshops. You won't want to miss The Four Elements of Editing with Andrew Wille, which is taking place July 21st. Then, in October, a creative writing workshop with a twist, as Philip Cowell leads I Wrote You This - an opportunity to write for the people you love. Some events and all courses, podcasts and resources will remain members-only, so if you would like full access, do sign up for just £10+VAT a month here.

There are still a few remaining spots in our pay-what-you-feel Writing Soup for the Soul series of creative summer workshops, including a free webinar on funding for writers. Demand has been extremely high, and we've already had some workshops sell out completely, so don't wait to book onto a workshop to nourish the literary soul!

If you're a little further along with your writing project and are now at a point where you're thinking about pitching your work to an agent or publisher, do be sure to read this month's TLC Blog from our very own Joe Sedgwick. He's written an informative piece about the differences between a fiction and non-fiction submission. And as always, if you're looking for a new writing talent to indulge in - we have a wonderful TLC Showcase this month, in the form of our friend Jessica Zarins, with her modern love story Breaking Shore.

As always, happy writing, reading, and editing. 


LAST CHANCE to book tickets for the Why I Write Film Premiere

A reminder that this is your last chance to book a ticket for our upcoming digital film premiere of ‘Why I Write: Tales of Creativity and Resilience’. Join us 7pm July 15th 2021 for four specially commissioned short films featuring some of the UK’s most celebrated writers. The ‘Why I Write’ films were commissioned by TLC, and produced by Story Machine, as part of a year-long programme celebrating TLC’s 25th Anniversary


Also featured will be a crowdsourced film featuring writers from all over the world, telling us why they write, and an exclusive author Q&A with Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021 winner Elle McNicoll. All films include subtitles.

The Why I Write films will feature:

Hanif Kureishi
Elle McNicoll
Kit de Waal
Ashley Hickson-Lovence

100% of the ‘Why I Write’ premiere ticket proceeds will go towards the creation of a new TLC Associate Artist fund. The inaugural Associate Artistship will be awarded to a writer writing with creativity and imagination about the future. 

Standard £15 tickets are available, with an option to add a donation to the Associate Artist Fund. If you are on a low income, ‘Supported’ tickets are available at £5 each. If you are a Being A Writer member, please select the ‘BAW member’ ticket option to claim your 15% discount.


Being a Writer

We're very pleased to open up some of our exclusive Being a Writer events for the very first time. You can now purchase non-member tickets to the following upcoming Being A Writer workshops for just £25 each. There are just five non-member places available, to allow for priority to be given to members of our platform. 

The Four Elements of Editing with Andrew Wille 

Are you looking for inspiration in revising your writing? In this workshop we’ll explore how the symbolic powers of Fire, Water, Earth and Air can bring fresh perspectives to your practice of self-editing. Writing teacher and editor Andrew Wille will share advice on craft and offer guidance on bringing energy, feeling, substance and clarity to your work.
21st July 2021, 5pm-6:30pm (Online)

I Wrote You This with Philip Cowell

A creative writing workshop with a difference – it’s got nothing to do with you! We write for the joy of other people: little letters, poems, stories, love songs. Practise gift writing to get out of your own story for a bit. A lovely relaxing workshop with a bit of meditation and light movement thrown in. Bring three names of people you will write to, some writing equipment, and a spirit of generosity and creativity.
13th October 2021, 5pm-6:30pm (Online)

These workshops are FREE for members of the TLC Being A Writer platform. Details about how to book as a member, or how to join as a member for access to events, workshops, courses, podcasts and more can be found here.

TLC Blog: Fiction vs Non-Fiction Pitches

"One of the things we most regularly get asked at TLC is, ‘What is the difference between a fiction pitch and a non-fiction pitch, when I’m sending my work to an agent or publisher?’ Going the traditional route is incredibly competitive, so brace yourself for some rejections, and potentially for some long waiting times. A strong pitch will always put you ahead of the crowd, so work on it, have a clear pitching strategy in mind, and stay connected with your writing so it doesn’t just feel like a waiting game, but like part of a process"

If you're a little further along with your writing project and are now at a point where you're thinking about pitching your work to an agent or publisher, do be sure to read this month's TLC Blog from our very own Joe Sedgwick. He's written an informative piece about the differences between a fiction and non-fiction submission.

Read Joe'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: We pay an honorarium of £50 per blog.

Writing Soup for the Soul

A series of creative writing workshops looking at nurturing the literary soul. Celebratory, inclusive, accessible, and with creativity at their heart.

In this series of interactive, accessible online workshops, we will explore how to nourish our creativity in order to sustain a writing practice. We will focus on creating and sustaining the kind of writing practice that fits into our lives, is mindful of our individual needs, our energy levels, physical and mental health, and helps us to grow and develop as storytellers.

All workshops are ‘pay what you want’ with a suggested minimum contribution of £5 which will go directly towards workshop tutor fees. The funding webinar is free to attend.

August 4th and August 9th: Anti Productivity
, a workshop on writing as a practice of dailiness, in the context of a writing life that prioritises self-care and a culture of recuperation. With Alec Finlay SOLD OUT

August 11th: Self Love, a zine-making workshop to spark creativity and joy. With Lucy Goodwill LIMITED AVAILABILITY

August 18th: Reading Rituals, connecting with beloved texts (all languages welcome) to inspire connection and creativity. With Alex Wheatle 

August 25th: Rip up the Page, a workshop on activism, performance, and ‘the extra stuff’ that enriches our writing. With Penny Pepper

September 1st: Funding for writers, a webinar including Q&A on financial support available for writers, including who it’s for and how to apply. Free to attend but booking is essential.


TLC Showcase: Jessica Zarins

"In Breaking Shore a straight, millennial couple from London are on holiday in a small town by Lake Ontario in the days leading up to the Brexit referendum. Confronted by past mistakes, desires and responsibilities, their relationship as they know it ends and begins again, as they re-evaluate their feelings and their sense of what’s right. It’s a modern love story where the characters get to know each other and themselves through honest conversations, and discover that sometimes it’s only in the freedom of the end that things can really begin."

We're thrilled this month to feature a really talented writer who we've been fortunate to work with for a few years now. You can read an extract of Jessica Zarins' wonderful modern love novel Breaking Shore in our July Showcase.

Read more about Jessica's work in the July 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...

* Arvon have launched a whole new season of creative writing workshops and writing weeks for writers of every level.
* Write & Shine have 3 new audio courses to enjoy on their website for free.
* The TLC Team was featured in last week's RSL tinyletter. Read the full archive here.

* A wonderful piece with Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner, Why I Write contributor and all-around writer extraordinaire Elle McNicoll on representation within children's literature.
* 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 Editorial Services Assistant Nelima Begum at

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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Why I Write Film Premiere

15th July 2021, 7PM

Four celebrated writers; four unique films to celebrate TLC's 25th anniversary.

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