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


‘Feminist publishing – then, now and in the future’

presented by Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
22 April 2017

Speakers include novelist Zoe Fairbairns (ex-Spare Rib) who teaches Creative Writing, Debbie Taylor, Editor of Mslexia magazine and Ailah Ahmed, who is commisioning editor at Virago Press.

More information available from Five Leaves Bookshop.

Date:  22 April 2017
Time:  2pm – 5pm
Venue:  Nottingham Mechanics Institute
Tickets:  £5 (£4 cons)

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Mslexia at Winchester Writers Festival

16-18 June 2017

Mslexia is delighted to be taking part in the annual Winchester Writers Festival 2017 with two exciting Mslexia events included in their packed programme that runs from 16-18 June 2017. Writers are invited to join in our popular ‘How to write a synopsis workshop’ led by Editor Debbie Taylor who also plays host to our ‘Meet the Editors’ event.

More information and a full list of festival activities and information about booking tickets will be available soon from Winchester Writers Festival website:


Meet the Editors with Mslexia

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 three specially invited editors, and find out what they can do for you. Chaired by Mslexia’s Editor Debbie Taylor.

Date:  16 June 2017
Time:  7.45pm – 9.15pm
Venue:  TBC
Tickets:  FREE


How to write a synopsis

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.

Date:  17 June 2017
Time:  10.30am – 12.30pm
Venue:  TBC
Tickets:  TBC
Tutor:  Debbie Taylor

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Mslexia at Ledbury Poetry Festival

1-3 July 2017

Mslexia will be making an appearance at the UK’s most popular poetry festival in Ledbury during its opening weekend.


Meet the Poetry Editors

Poets are invited to come along to our ‘Meet the Poetry Editors’ event featuring an informal Q&A session with Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books), Amy Wack (Seren) and Luke Allen (Carcanet Press and PN Review), come along to pitch your questions alongside host Mslexia Editor Debbie Taylor.

Date:  2 July 2017
Time:  TBC
Venue:  TBC


How to put a poetry manuscript together – with Clare Pollard

If you have lots of poems and feel ready to start sending them out, whether as pamphlet or full-length collection, this workshop is for you. We will cover all the essentials – from editing, ordering and titles to covering letters and targeting the right publisher – with group exercises and insider tips.

‪Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and lives in London. She has published five collections of poetry including The Heavy-Petting Zoo, which she wrote while still at school, and her latest Incarnation. Her first play The Weather premièred at the Royal Court Theatre and her documentary for radio, My Male Muse, was a Radio 4 Pick of the Year.  Her new translation of Ovid’s Heroines has recently toured as a one-woman show.

Date:  3 July 2017
Time:  TBC
Venue:  TBC

The Mslexia team will be hanging around the Burgage Hall during the weekend, so please pop by for a chat; we would love to meet you.

For more information, to book tickets, and to find a full list of all the festival activities please go to

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