Date: Monday 8 Sep
Time: 7 pm
Length: 90 mins
Location: Your sofa!

A basic reason why your ms or other submissions may not be getting read is – they are just not in the best state for a publisher or agent to read!
In a dynamic 60 minute presentation we will go through:

  • The Art of Good Listening and Good Reading
  • Preparing your ms to send to agents/publisher/editors
  • Top tips on how and where to get published
  • Use ‘Inscribe’ insider knowledge
  • How to find ‘Calls for submission’?
  • How do I get asked to submit to a book?
  • Send us your interests; we’ll do an initial submissions search to kick start your publication success!

Plus a 30 minute Q&A

This interactive online presentation is for anyone eager and committed to getting their work published in magazines, journals, anthologies or their own book. Specific content will depend on needs and desires of participants.

 Only 6 places available! Reserve your space now!!

What do I need to participate? A Skype address. Whatever you prefer to take notes on.£5

Reserve your place by sending an email to
Send your skype address. Details will be sent how to pay.

Please make sure that you know how to use both the audio and video Skype facility. Check if you need a microphone and or headphones if you use a pc.

Skypinar facilitated by Kadija George

Kadija (George) Sesay is the co-Director of the Inscribe Professional Development Programme for writers of African and Asian descent hosted by Peepal Tree Press.She is also a publisher and editor of books and magazines as well as being a published writer herself. She is an award winning literary activist who has worked with writers for almost 20 years.

 NB: Kadija only accepts phone and Skype calls regarding Inscribe between 8am and 7pm




Our first Masterclass of 2014 is a fantastic opportunity – A fiction masterclass with the acclaimed BERNARDINE EVARISTO, to be repeated in two locations: SAT 8 FEB in Leeds and SAT 22 MARCH in Leicester. Mark these dates in your diary!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details in the coming weeks. Registration will be via Eventbrite. Check out her website and latest novel, Mr Loverman, [Hamish Hamilton].




Write With Your Ear: the art of fiction with Curdella Forbes

Sat. 23 November 2013, 11am – 4pm


            This Inscribe Masterclass, ‘Write It with Your Ear’, with acclaimed Caribbean writer Curdella Forbes explores the art of fiction. We’ll be looking in a general way at how writers ‘write down the bones’—plot, point of view, characterization, etc, but we will zero in specifically on characterization and dialogue. Dialogue is the heart of characterization — so this will be about making dialogue work, taking out the wood and putting in the zing!

Shape characters that talk like real people; give them their own rhythm and style. Write clean, musical prose; do the work of a five-minute speech with a single line; transform a situation; advance the plot. This is what we’re aiming for!

We’ll look at examples from some of the best writers. We’ll do exercises to get our writing spirits dancing, and exercises to move our dialogue to where we want it to be.

Curdella Forbes is the critically acclaimed Jamaican author of Songs of Silence (Heinemann 2002, 2010); Flying with Icarus and Other Stories (Walker Books 2003), a collection of stories for younger readers; A Permanent Freedom (Peepal Tree 2008); Ghosts (Peepal Tree 2012). She is currently Professor of Caribbean Literature at Howard University, Washington DC. Her most recent novel, Ghosts, set on the futuristic Caribbean island, is written in English and accessible, lyrical Jamaican Creole, and displays Curdella Forbes’ signature gift for lyrical, multi-voiced expression as this haunting sequence of narratives builds to tell a compelling tale of murder, psychological mayhem and love.

Praise for Curdella Forbes

‘…an artist in absolute command of her medium’ — Times Educational Supplement

‘… Forbes deftly constructs a world that is dynamic…and deeply spiritual… She boldly confronts issues of sexual identity, national and personal belonging, abortion and racism with…characters that are truly believable’—Journal of West Indian Literature

FEE: £15 / £12 concs. (incl. Inscribers)
To book a place visit:

Enquiries by email only to:

May 2013

We’ll be repeating our successful Writing Drama session with Adjoa Andoh in Brighton on Sat 11 May, with help from our partner New Writing South. For more info visit:

Working Words: Punctuation & Editing, on Sat 18 May (Leeds), offers a rare opportunity for you to draw on the expertise of Peepal Tree Press founder and editor Jeremy Poynting. For more info visit:


NARRATIVE DRIVE: Masterclass series with Jacob Ross

Sat 18 JAN, Sat 15 FEB, & Sat 15 MAR 2014


We bring JACOB ROSS [Peepal Tree Press’ new Associate Fiction Editor] to Leeds with this Inscribe Masterclass series of three sessions on the third Saturdays of the month.

The series of three sessions offers a compact survey of Jacob Ross’ immensely popular and highly regarded technical creative approach to crafting fiction. His very successful course has been running for more than fifteen years. Many beginning writers developed and fine-tuned their writing skills in his course, to the point where their work has been shortlisted in major competitions, or won prizes.

Narrative Drive is for writers who want to maximise the quality and impact of their work. At the end of the series you will have a better awareness of your own strengths and weakness as a writer and the steps you need to take to address them. We will examine the building blocks of stories and how they work together to produce strong memorable narratives.

The series will expose you to the very best examples of modern fiction from which you can learn and refine your skills. Your knowledge of contemporary themes and styles will be enhanced. This course is for advanced writers already working on their novel-in-progress or their collection of short stories. You will be required to submit work in advance of the course.

To make the most of this Inscribe Masterclass series: YOU MUST COMMIT TO –  All three monthly sessions; Completing in advance, the required reading for each session; Completing any other tasks set for each session.

FEE: £120

Enquiries by email only to:


More details to follow…

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