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TLC October Newsletter
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Dear Friends of TLC,

Welcome to TLC's October Newsletter.

As the leaves change colour and the weather turns cooler, we have plenty to keep you warm in this month's newsletter. Starting with an update on a brand new tiered fee structure, to support low-income writers!

From 7th October 2021, when you purchase a manuscript assessment with TLC, you can choose to support a low-income writer by opting to pay an additional 5% or 10% at checkout. If you are on low income or need a little extra help, you can choose to ‘Be Supported’ for a 10% discount on your manuscript assessment. We hope that these new options allow those writers who want to pay something forward and support a low-income writer the chance to make a difference. 

We've also got very exciting news for those of you who are Being a Writer members, or those of you who are looking to accelarate your work-in-progress in 2022, as we launch Being a Writer: Write Club Plus. This new year-long programme of support includes practical workshops, motivational masterclasses, monthly writing groups and weekly prompts. Earlybird booking is open now for both Being a Writer members and non-members, and there are more details on how to sign up below.

There's also a final reminder for our upcoming workshop with Philip Cowell of the Good Chance Theatre, 'I Wrote You This!'. Join us as we write for the joy of other people: little letters, poems, stories, love songs. Practise gift writing to get out of your own head and story, and to feel the benefits of writing for others. 13th October, FREE for Being a Writer members, with just three non-member tickets remaining at £25.

Following on from the ACE Free Reads-funded poetry success story we had in last month's newsletter, we're thrilled this month to feature another talented poet who has been supported by the scheme! Read excerpts from Fathima Zahra's debut poetry pamphlet ‘Sargam / Swargam’ (ignition press, 2021) in our October Showcase.


This month we're delighted to feature a thoughtful, and beautifully written piece on the subject of rejection. It's often a necessary part of every writer's life, and so here A.J. Ashworth delves into the topic with sensitivity and honesty. If you read one blog this month, make sure this is it. And remember, that if you'd like to write something for the TLC Blog, we are actively seeking pitches.

As always, happy writing, reading, and editing. 

TLC

New TLC Fee Structure

We are delighted to announce a new ‘Supporter’ feature to our fee structure for our core service, Manuscript Assessment

From 1st October 2021, when you purchase a manuscript assessment with TLC, you can choose to support a low-income writer by opting to pay an additional 5% or 10% at checkout. If you are on low income or need a little extra help, you can choose to ‘Be Supported’ for a 10% discount on your manuscript assessment. 

We hope that these new options allow those writers who want to pay something forward and support a low-income writer the chance to make a difference. 

You can still choose to select the standard fee for the service, should you prefer. 

This new feature has been developed with the support of consultant Rakhee Jasani, as a complement to TLC’s Arts Council Free Reads Scheme, which supports low-income and marginalised writers across England. In the last year alone TLC has awarded 100 manuscript assessment bursaries to low-income writers through the scheme, and offered 6 year-long mentorships to low-income writers. The new tiered structure is available to writers anywhere in the world.

Read more about the Supporter feature here.

Being a Writer: Write Club Plus NEW PROGRAMME

Do you want to accelerate your work-in-progress in 2022? Are you looking for accountability, support and motivation from a group of fellow writers, in a digital space that prioritises your wellbeing and creativity?

Then Write Club Plus is for you! We’d love for you to join us. Write Club Plus is a year-long programme of inspiring online writing practice from the UK’s leading editorial consultancy. The programme includes practical workshops, motivational masterclasses, monthly writing groups, weekly inspirational prompts, and much more.

Sign up by 3rd January 2022 to receive your Welcome Pack. Earlybird booking is open now!

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

Please note that there is a capacity limit on this programme to allow for optimal interactivity. We advise early booking to secure your place. To access a Member ticket you must be logged into your Being A Writer account. If you are not yet a member of Being A Writer, you can join now, here for just £12 a month.

- Earlybird Being A Writer Member £60 (Limited availability)
The equivalent of £5/ month

- Standard Being A Writer Member £99
The equivalent of £8.25/ month

- Earlybird Non-member £120 (Limited availability)
The equivalent of £10/ month

- Standard Non-member £199
The equivalent of £16.50/ month


CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE & SIGN UP

Being a Writer: I Wrote You This!

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 BST (Online)
BOOK NOW


These workshops are FREE for members of the TLC Being A Writer platform with 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 Blog: Rejection, The Elephant in the Writing Room

"It can take us weeks, months or years to birth a new piece of writing; work that means the world to us and which we hope one day might mean the world to others too. We move from idea to realisation, following inspirations and urges along the way until we have what looks like a novel or a story, a poem or a script. Chiselling away at plots and storylines until they have the ring of truth to them; polishing words and lines until they have the gleam of silver – lighting up on the page like trout under moonlight."

This month we're delighted to feature a thoughtful, and beautifully written piece on the subject of rejection. It's often a necessary part of every writer's life, and so here A.J. Ashworth delves into the topic with sensitivity and honesty. If you read one blog this month, make sure this is it.

Read A.J.'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: Fathima Zahra

"Ramadan, 2019
 We stalk the moon all month round, lick
our lips, till the Adhan goes off on our phones,
dig our teeth into the soft flesh of dates, wash
it down with Roohafza, rinse and repeat. The
scholars paste their eyes to the sky, the crowds
trade their eyeballs for telescopes, watch the
moon turn bashful, wait for henna stains
to appear, a gunshot signal to pull our smiles
out of the closet strutting in their Eid clothes.”


Following on from the ACE Free Reads-funded poetry Success Story we had in last month's newsletter - we're thrilled this month to feature another talented poet who has been supported by the scheme! Read excerpts from Fathima Zahra's debut poetry pamphlet ‘Sargam / Swargam’ (ignition press, 2021) in our October Showcase.

Read more about Fathima's work in the October Showcase.

Find out more about the Free Reads scheme here.

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...

* In case you missed our recent 'Funding for Writers' webinar with RSL, Society of Authors, Royal Literary Fund and ACE, you can watch back and gain valuable tips on applying for funding as a writer now.
* The Untitled Writers Underrep'd Festival will take place on 31st October 2021. Booking open now.
*
The Literary Film and TV you need to Stream in October, via LitHub
* The Hay Festival have announced their Winter Weekend programme, 24th-28th November.

* 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 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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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  

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"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
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.
 
"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
Why I Write: Elle McNicoll
WATCH TLC's 'Why I Write' 25th Anniversary Films

‘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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"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
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Read more about the films and watch them here.
You can donate to the Associate Artist fund by clicking here.
 
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