TLC April Newsletter
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Dear Friends of TLC,

Welcome to TLC's April Newsletter.

We have plenty of quality content in this month's newsletter, but first a bit of housekeeping relating to our manuscript assessment ser
vice. For the first time since 2019, and for us to maintain a fair pay rate to our editors, we have marginally increased our fees for our core editorial services. This is not only to ensure we remain competitive, but also to help us continue to offer first-rate manuscript assessment, mentoring, and events as well as a range of free and low-cost resources to support writers. We remain grateful to Arts Council England for funding our Free Reads scheme for low-income writers, which is now open again for 2022. 

A reminder that tickets are on sale for our first ever
Being a Writer Festival. Our Festival Passes are excellent value for money, at just £99 for access to all 12 events including four Masterclasses across June and July (£60 for Being a Writer Members!). In comparison, a single Guardian Masterclass is costed at £49 for 2.5 hours. You can also Create Your Own ticket to pick and choose the events you'd like to attend. Alternatively, purchase a Digital Ticket for access to videos of all events after the festival. All tickets also come with entrance to our coveted TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition, which is in its tenth year, and for which we will be announcing the prize pot soon...

Also in our April newsletter:
- We have a wonderful Showcase this month, as we feature co-authors for the first time. Read more about Kate and Toby Oliver's non-fiction book Rise & Shine - How to transform your life, morning by morning , and let some positivity into your day.

- There's a non-fiction theme to our TLC Blog this month too, as lifeguard, journalist and author Adam Steiner shares his tips on 'Being Heard, Being Seen and Being Read'. A must-read for those of you looking to promote your non-fiction book.

- There are just a handful of tickets left for our next Being a Writer workshop 'Write Without Fear'. Join us on the 18th May to release your inhibitions and realise your most creative self in this inspiring workshop with writer and creative facilitator Kat Francois.

- And as ever we finish with a round-up of resources and opportunities from around the web, including a fully-funded Poetry School MA.

As always, happy writing, reading, and editing. 


Being a Writer Festival

We're very excited to announce that tickets are available for TLC's first ever Being a Writer Festival, which will be held online June 20th - July 21st 2022.

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, sessions on writing and sustainability, a creativity incubator, a publishers' panel, a discussion about reading culture, a debut novelists' roundtable, and creative writing Masterclasses with Dorothy Koomson, Vaseem Khan, Paul McVeigh and Monique Roffey. All sessions will be captioned.

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!

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

CLICK HERE for Full Programme and further details.

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

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

Individual sessions and Masterclasses priced separately.
Digital Ticket: £30 for Members and non-Members.

Being a Writer: Write Without Fear

Release your inhibitions and realise your most creative self in this inspiring workshop with writer and creative facilitator Kat Francois. Learn how to deal with your inner critic, and find ways to write with more bravery, courage, and authenticity. This Being A Writer workshop is free for Being A Writer members – please log into your BAW account to book your place on the Events page. A very limited number of non-member tickets are available to book below.

BOOK NOW for Write Without Fear 18.05.22 5-6.30pm BST (ONLINE)

Not yet a member of Being A Writer? Sign up here for £12/month.

TLC Showcase: Kate and Toby Oliver

“ Rise and Shine is our first book and our first time working together, and as brother and sister this wasn’t without its challenges. But it was also a great experience. We learnt from each other and, through the process of collaboration, created something much better than either of us could have done on our own. The accountability we felt to each other helped keep us on track and we were able to re-motivate each other at points where one or other of our spirits dipped, as we navigated the lengthy process and the ups and downs of writing and publishing."

We have a wonderful Showcase this month, as we feature co-authors for the first time. Read more about brother and sister co-authors Kate and Toby Oliver's non-fiction book Rise & Shine - How to transform your life, morning by morning, and let some positivity into your day.

Read more about Kate & Toby's work in the April Showcase.

TLC Blog: Being Seen, Being Heard, Being Read

"You have committed yourself to your subject, dedicated yourself to hours of research, and asked the big questions with passionate intensity, then put all of this into your book. Ultimately, you the author, are the best person to champion your book which is special and unique and has its own voice, it is best to make your promotional work reflect that."

There's a non-fiction theme to our TLC Blog this month too, as lifeguard, journalist and author Adam Steiner shares his tips on 'Being Heard, Being Seen and Being Read'. A must-read for those of you looking to promote your non-fiction book.

Read Adam'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.

Poetry School MA in Writing Poetry Scholarship 2022

The Poetry School MA in Writing Poetry Scholarship 2022 is currently open to applications. For a second year, Poetry School is offering a full fees scholarship award for the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry to an outstanding applicant who is currently underrepresented in the poetry world and who chooses London as their place of study. 

This accredited MA uniquely combines masterclasses, workshops, and individual teaching with a core footing in the professional poetry world, encompassing all aspects of creative practice. For more information, please visit the website, or contact MA Manager Sarala Estruch at  

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...

A final reminder that the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is still open for submissions until 15th April.
* The Bridport Prize, including its First Novel Award, is open till May 31st for entries

Shape Arts are looking for works that respond to the theme ‘In the mirror’ as part of their Shape Open online exhibition. 
* An excellent list of South East Asian speculative fiction from LitHub.
* Writing East Midlands' Aurora Prize for short fiction  and poetry is now open until 13th June 2022.

* 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
Bringing Your Characters to Life
by Emma Pass

Award-winning YA novelist Emma Pass takes you through some fun exercises to deepen your understanding of your characters.

"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.

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