Mslexia periodically organises events for women writers, including our popular Spotlight prose and poetry open mic nights, and writing and pitching workshops. Keep checking back for information about our next event – or you can sign up for Updates to stay informed of future events and submission opportunities.

Current events



Max’s 1st Birthday Party

Monday 2 October 10:00am – 7:00pm | Free online at Mslexia Max

Team M are incredibly excited to announce our blockbuster virtual party on 2 October, where dozens of big names will gather online to celebrate Mslexia Max’s first birthday!

We’ll be joined by major authors like Jill Mansell, Tania Hershman and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, as well as nearly a dozen literary agents and top editors on hand to give you advice and support in your writing journey, and Debbie Taylor will be running one of her coveted pitch surgeries. There will also be splashy prizes up for grabs, writing games to play and flash competitions aplenty – plus the usual buzzing community atmosphere Max is known and loved for.

So pencil the date into your diaries – proceedings will be kicking off at 10am, and will unfold throughout the day until roughly 7pm (although heaps of guests hang around on the forums until almost midnight).

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Mslexia at Birmingham Literature Festival

The last stop on Mslexia’s 2017 festival tour is Birmingham Literature Festival, where once again Editor Debbie Taylor will be leading her popular synopsis workshop as well as chairing our Meet the Editors panel discussion.


How to write a synopsis workshop

Date:   14 October 2017

Time:   11:00am – 1:00pm

Venue: Room 102, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2ND

Price:   £20 / £16 concs

Tutor:  Debbie Taylor

Debbie Taylor’s foolproof method aims to take the pain out of writing the most difficult page of text a novelist ever has to compose. This is a workshop for writers who have already started or completed a novel. We will be working with your established characters and plotlines to tease out the key features on which to concentrate. Debbie is the Editor of Mslexia and an experienced tutor as well as an acclaimed novelist. (Women only.)


Meet the Editors with Mslexia

Date:   14 October 2017

Time:   1.30pm – 3.30pm

Place: Room 102, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2ND

Price:   £5/£4 concs

Independent publishers are the first step to literary stardom for many novelists – and for writers of short fiction and poetry they are the only game in town. To find out what they are looking for and how to submit, come along to an informal discussion with our specially invited editors, including; Flarestack Poets, Mantle Lane Press, The Emma Press and Synaesthesia Magazine. Chaired by Mslexia’s Editor Debbie Taylor.

More information about Birmingham Literature Festival events are available from their website