Novel London International Literary Competition and Festival 2023

Are you writing a novel? Diane and Stephanie are delighted to be the judges at the 2023 Novel London Literary Competition and Festival 2023. Entry is just £11.00. First prize is a critique by Stephanie Zia of CWWL and Blackbird Books, plus £500. Second prize is lunch at the Ivy with a literary agent plus £300. 

The closing date is 31st May 2023. Go to Novel London's website to enter


Discover where your imagination could take you... 

 ...with our fun, one-off, live starter creative writing workshops 

Our live workshops take place around Diane Chandler's kitchen table in Chiswick, London W4, close to tube & bus stops. Each 2-hour workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 students with the 2 published novelist tutors always present, ensuring individual attention. We offer a cosy, safe and, above all, kind space where beginners and writers of all levels may feel confident and relax into the fun. Laughter generally guaranteed.  The £40.00 live session fee includes coffee and home-made brownies at the morning sessions and wine and nibbles at the evening sessions.   

We are currently on a summer break, 
Live 2hr kitchen table workshops will start again in September 2023
Follow us on Twitter at @WritingCWWL for updates.

Stephanie has taught writing and digital publishing at many events like this London Book Fair  seminar for new writers.  She has published 2 novels with Piatkus and 2 non-fiction titles with Hamlyn. She founded  Blackbird Digital Books in 2010 where she edits both fiction and non-fiction.  She has written pieces for The Guardian and The Sunday Times amongst others, and fiction for Woman's Own. 

The sessions are enjoyable and inspirational for us too.  We love working as a team and are 

both present at all workshops. Maximum class size is 6, ensuring lots of individual attention.

Diane Chandler won The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2016 with her debut novel The Road To Donetsk. Her other novels are Moondance (2016) and Only Human (2020). Diane also offers a personal mentoring service for writers. 


'The most enjoyable and comfortable workshop I have ever done' 

'Eye-opening and inspirational ... worth every moment'

'I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't totally trust them ... they are a class act'  '

Charming, funny and relaxed, I absolutely loved it.' 

'The relaxed approach made me feel totally at ease'

 No pressure. Join in or sit and listen. 

Creative Writing Workshops London (CWWL) was established in 2017 by prize-winning novelist Diane Chandler and Stephanie Zia, novelist and publisher at Blackbird Books. Together we have hosted oodles of half-day kitchen-table workshops in West London.  We offer live and online workshops.

What can you expect?

 Our trademarks are:

Interactive - a mixture of lectures, discussion and writing exercises. Join in or sit and listen. You never have to speak, or read out, if you don't want to.

Inspirational - some workshops are aimed at beginners, others for any writer who would like a creative boost.

Stand-alone - try a class, if you enjoy it you may want to come back for more!
Our four stand-alone workshops for beginners are: Character, Plot, Dialogue, Setting.

'Great way to get those creative juices flowing.'

'Inspired me to write again.' 

'You both created a nurturing, productive and inclusive environment... though you made it seem effortless it was an extremely well-planned and considered workshop and I learnt a lot whilst thoroughly enjoying myself, which is rare.'

'Friendly and welcoming atmosphere... no pressure to share.'

'Such a fab workshop, so much fun! Looking forward to the follow-up.'

'Became aware that I have more imagination than I thought, an extraordinary discovery. Felt safe to share.'

'Enjoyed the playfulness of it.'

Our Summer Writing Competition is OPEN for entries! 

CWWL alumni only.  Enter by  21st May 2023. Submit by 2nd July. 
If you are a past student you should have received the invitation to our competition and summer garden party. If not,  please email! [email protected]