A little something about the London Lit Lab - new partners of The Author School
What is London Lit Lab?
Rather like The Author School, London Lit Lab was born of two writers who wanted to help other writers! Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert run friendly creative writing courses in beautiful venues throughout London. They often teach together, and have a great rapport. This means that students get two expert opinions for the price of one, and makes for plenty of group discussion around practice.
The courses are intimate and supportive, and there is always cake to help fuel the imagination. Many students continue a relationship with London Lit Lab through mentoring, or sending work for critique or feedback.
How can London Lit Lab help with my book?
As published authors themselves, Lily and Zoe know intimately what’s involved in getting a manuscript ready for publication. They have many years’ experience in critiquing draft novels and short stories, looking at everything from structure and characterisation to fine-tuning prose.
London Lit Lab can assess an opening extract, a work-in-progress of any length, a synopsis, a full novel, individual short stories or a collection. They also offer feedback on non-fiction, such as memoirs or factual manuscripts, and provide reader’s reports for submission to agents and publishers. Whether you’re powering through that first draft, or feeling ready to submit your work, Lily and Zoe can give you professional advice and work with you on getting your manuscript to the next level.
Who are London Lit Lab?
Lily Dunn is a novelist and creative non-fiction writer. Her work has a strong focus on place, family psychology and the complexities of human relationships, and has been compared to Esther Freud and Maggie O’Farrell. Her first novel, Shadowing the Sun, was published by Portobello Books. She’s currently writing a hybrid memoir as part of a creative writing PhD, and was recently published by Granta.
Zoe Gilbert is a short story writer and novelist, with an interest in magical realism, speculative fiction, nature, and folk and fairy tales. Her creative writing PhD thesis explores this type of fiction, as does her own fiction. She won the Costa Short Story Award 2014 and her book, Folk, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2018.
What else do London Lit Lab get up to?
As well as running their own courses and providing one-to-one support for writers, Lily and Zoe teach creative writing at Google, and have taught both MA and PhD students at Birkbeck and Bath Spa Universities. They are also running a group at St Mungos, teaching creative writing and mentoring people who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, funded by the Arts Council. You can find out more about it here: https://lilydunn.co.uk/arts-council-recovery-project/.
Between teaching, mentoring and completing their PhDs, Lily and Zoe still find time to write! As writers, they are both constantly learning, feeding their knowledge back into London Lit Lab.