TLC March Newsletter
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Dear Friends of TLC,

Welcome to TLC's March Newsletter. Spring has sprung, and with the new season comes a host of new offers and events in our monthly update.

We're pleased to announce that we'll be celebrating
International Women's Day by offering a 15.5% flash discount to all women writers that purchase TLC services next week (8th-12th March). This is in line with the average pay gap here in the UK according to the latest ONS statistics. Details to claim this special one-off discount can be found here. The discount also applies to selected events, including....

A series of brand new TLC marketing mini-Masterclasses with writer and communications consultant Anna Caig. Places are limited to allow for maximum interactivity and support; early booking is recommended. If you want something a little different, why not come along to our Writing & Movement workshop, which will use movement techniques accessible to all to boost your creativity.

We also feature a shout-out to a magazine for underrepresented writers, UNTITLED, who are currently seeking submissions. And we have a powerful, moving blog from TLC Free Read recipient Jon Ransom - his first ever piece of non-fiction in this month's TLC Blog on loss, grief, and whales. Finally, we're excited to feature Amanda Epe's wonderful children's book on pioneering women in aviation - Fly Girls. Read the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African American and Native American woman with a pilot’s license, in this month's Showcase.

We're really looking forward to hosting those of you who will be attending our first ever Online Writers' Day on Saturday 13th March. Do look out for an email from us next week with log-in details for the Online Writers' Day portal, which will give you access to all of your sessions, our Video Library, and a special forum. If you entered the TLC Pen Factor Competition, the judges are currently deliberating and we will be announcing a long and shortlist, and of course the winner, live at the event! 

As always, happy writing, reading, and editing. 


TLC Mini Masterclasses

In this brand new TLC mini-Masterclass series, writer and communications consultant Anna Caig has designed three two-hour workshops to help writers think about effective strategies for marketing their work, including how to articulate your key motivations and aims, how to create and deliver an effective marketing strategy, and how to pitch yourself and your work. This series of three mini Masterclasses is ideal for writers who are wanting to find out more about how to connect with potential readers, how to create engaged online communities, and how to boost sales of published work. You might be unpublished, self published, or published but wanting to do more to boost your current sales. 

This mini-series is competitively priced at just £100+VAT for all three sessions. Being A Writer members receive 10% discount. Capacity is limited to 25 places for this series.

5th May 2021; 12th May 2021; 19th May 2021
£100+VAT for all three sessions (10% discount for Being a Writer members)


International Women's Day 2021: Flash Sale

According to the Office of National Statistics, the average gender pay gap in the UK is 15.5%. In recognition of this, in the week of International Women’s Day (8th-12th March 2021), we are offering all women writers 15.5% off TLC services and events.

The discount can be used on TLC services including Manuscript Assessment, Mentoring, Submission Package Reports and Online Writers' Surgeries. The discount is also valid on selected events.

If you are a woman writer based anywhere in the world, please do get in touch to claim your discount at any time between 9am Monday 8th March and 9am Friday 12th March 2021.

Wishing you all a happy International Women’s Day.

Find out more about this offer, and how to claim here.

UNTITLED Seeking Submissions

UNTITLED have opened submissions for the third issue of their global online journal UNTITLED: VOICES, working to uplift and amplify underrepresented writers from around the world. They are looking for poetry, prose, articles and anything in between.

Submissions close on 19 March and full submission guidelines can be found here:

Writing Through Movement Workshop

Get out of your head and into your body.

Through gentle movement and writing activities you will explore how breath, posture, and a wide range of movement, from gesture to dance, can shape your writing in new and exciting directions. Simple physical exercises accessible to all will help you access the subconscious, explore new pathways to characterisation, and bring awareness to the physicality of writing itself. You will discover how to use your body to unlock your creativity and develop engaging characters. So go on, turn off your webcam and get moving with us as we test out new dimensions for your writing. This workshop is wheelchair user-friendly.

5-7.30pm, 22nd April 2021
Tickets: £15/£25 inc. a copy of the book (10% discount for Being A Writer members)


TLC Showcase: Amanda Epe

"Mama Coleman soothed Bessie’s sore feet, massaging them from the four-mile daily walk to school and back. It was a Friday evening and the miles had accumulated. The relaxing massage allowed her mind to wander. She loved to dream. If only I could fly and give my poor feet a break. They need a rest from the walking, she had thought. Most children would have missed a day or two but not Bessie Coleman. Bessie loved learning and she exceled in everything she was taught. She mastered all her subjects and was ahead in her mathematics lessons. “This is a compass. Look, I’ve written it down. Say C-c-c-om...” Bessie was showing her young sisters her mathematics set."

This month we're very pleased to be featuring a children's book from TLC writer Amanda Epe. Amanda's book Fly Girls is part of her 'FLY titles', aviation and adventure collection for young people and young adults. The book shares stories of three biographies of fearless females from the African diaspora in the USA and UK who had challenging circumstances including grief; economic deprivation and exclusion, yet surmounted these circumstances to attain their dreams with missions to empower others in their community. 

You can read an extract from Fly Girls, and more about Amanda's writing, in the March Showcase.

TLC Blog: Where Words Come From

*Content warning: death, illness, grief*

"My mum was a diver.

            Whenever I was restless, she would tell me how falling felt. The air rushing by like nothing’s really there. Until it was, busting through the wet beneath. Mum reckoned falling was freedom. The faster you fell, the freer you were. Falling is clever like that. Then mum would light another John Player Special. Smoke metallic and blue blown about us. Tell me she was not much older when some lad pushed her off the high board. She never dived again."

This month’s TLC Blog is from writer, Free Read recipient, and soon-to-be published author Jon Ransom. An early draft of his forthcoming novel The Whale Tattoo (Muswell Press, Spring 2022) first appeared in the TLC/AM Heath Free Reads Anthology in 2019. This is his first piece of non-fiction, and we’re delighted to feature it in this month's Blog.

Read Jon'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:

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...

* RSL have recently launched a Digital Events Pass – access all RSL online events for £25 a year.
* The Write & Shine spring season kicks off this month with 'Imagine,' a two-part writing event on 15 & 16 March.
* Creative Future have opened submissions for their annual award for underrepresented writers.

Atmosphere Press is an author-first collaborative publisher open to book-length submissions in all genres year-round. 
* The White Review Short Story Prize is now open for submissions. The prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal, and it is supported by the RCW Literary Agency.
* The Hammond House International Literary Prize is now open for submissions. Short story, scriptwriting, poetry and songwriting categories, with cash prizes up to £1,000.
* 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

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Writing Through Movement

April 22nd 2021

Bring mind and body together in this interactive workshop, suitable for writers of any fitness level.


TLC Mini Marketing Masterclass

5th-19th May 2021

Think about effective strategies for markting your work with these three mini-masterclasses.

"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."

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