Leeds City Guide

“Writing is often a solitary process. While many writers prefer to do it alone, it is always good to know who else is out there and perhaps that extra bit of support is just what you need to take you to your next stage. Here are a few groups and events in Leeds which you may find useful.

No matter what your writing style and genre is, the best advice is: just keep writing! Good luck!”


Joyce Lee

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The Leeds Writers Circle

The Leeds Writers Circle is probably the first port of call when it comes to writers’ support in Leeds. The circle welcomes writers of all genres regardless of experiences and stages of their careers.

Members meet fortnightly at the Carriageworks on Monday evenings, where members are invited to read their work to the group and receive feedback in a supportive environment.

You can turn up to a few of these manuscript evenings before deciding to become a member. You can see the events calendar on their website.


Apple and Snakes North

Although not Leeds specific, Apple and Snakes North provides fantastic resources and links to various opportunities for writers in the north, especially if you are a poet or spoken word performer.

If you use social media, go to the Facebook page or their North Producer Kirsten Luckins on Twitter @applesNorth for latest news including call outs for writers, training opportunities, residencies and events.



Off Yours

Off Yours is a new monthly open mic and poetry night held at Nation of Shopkeepers. If you love a good night out, Off Yours is an ideal event to meet like-minded people and see some of the most talented poets in Leeds and across Yorkshire.

Information is currently only available on the Facebook page. Their next open mic is on 2 May 7pm. Guaranteed to be friendly, welcoming and fun, why not dare yourself to sign up to an open mic slot and see how your work goes down in front of a real audience?



The Sunday Practise

Another friendly open mic event for poets and spoken word artists in Leeds, their Facebook page details free events every first Sunday of the month in Sela Bar, from 8pm.

Diverse and dynamic, The Sunday Practise is primarily aimed at, but not restricted to, young and emerging writers.

Apart from events and opportunities, their Facebook page often shares inspiring articles.


Script Yorkshire

Script Yorkshire is a writer-led membership organisation for script writers across performance and broadcast media.

Besides running branches in Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, York and Bradford, it also organises workshops, talks and events.



Fisher King Publishing Limited

If you think you are ready to be published, Fisher King Publishing Limited could be the first publisher that helps you make the break. Based in Pool in Wharfedale, Fisher King publishes both fiction and non-fiction. 

The company promises to read every submission and it endeavours to respond within 8 weeks.



Leeds Big Bookend

Big Bookend runs some really interesting writing events throughout the year in venues across the city. They’re often free and are a great way to meet other writers in an unpressured setting.The website also features information on local writing competitions and opportunities.


Chapel FM

If you like the idea of writing for radio the best place to go is East Leeds community radio station, Chapel FM. It welcomes volunteers to work on both production and content, and is open to new approaches and new ideas.



Furnace Social Club

Furnace is a talent development scheme and network of artists run by the West Yorkshire Playhouse. More suitable for playwrights, Furnace Social Club is a way to get the latest news and access the untapped support from the region’s largest theatre.

The Playhouse offers lots of different opportunities to further your work and develop you as a writer for stage (found here) including ‘Script Reading Window’, ‘Summer Sublets’ and ‘Scratch’. Find your match, be bold and approach the team.



Joyce Lee

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Joyce Lee, performer, director and writer, has put together the Bi’an Leeds Guide. Joyce currently works at Mind The Gap Theatre.

mind-the-gap.org.uk