Creative Writing & Editorial


Lucy is an experienced creative writing tutor and editor, having worked in the field for several years. She teaches Creative Writing at the Working Men's College in Camden and runs two writing groups in north London on Mondays. She writes, reviews books, chairs the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, and is a volunteer mentor with Freedom from Torture's writing and performance group, Write to Life.


Editorial Clinic

I offer constructive editorial advice, professional manuscript appraisal and one to one mentoring.

If you are working on a novel, short stories, flash fiction, children’s literature, travel and life writing or other creative non-fiction, and would like guidance on how to proceed, I can offer a tailor made response depending on your word count and the level of feedback you require.

You can come to my editorial clinic on Sundays for a verbal assessment of your work (for an hour’s one to one I usually request a 500 word extract sent in advance) or you can order a more detailed written report with guidelines for self-editing, and advice about plot, characterisation, marketability etc.

I will highlight what works well, what could be improved, and suggest ways to strengthen your writing and shape your manuscript so that it is as good as it possibly can be before submitting to an agent or publisher. Good editorial advice will support your book’s ability to stand out in a highly competitive market.

I can also advise on your submission to publishers /agents, your covering letter, 1 page synopsis and first 3 chapters – up to a specific word count. Your opening chapters should serve a purpose and include the hook, set up and inciting event as well as progressing plot, introducing character etc.

For further info and fees please email:






N4 Writing Group
Alternate Mondays 
Day: 2.30 - 4.30pm and Eves 6:30pm - 8.30pm

Autumn: 17 September to 3 December (inclusive)

Price £80 for 12 weeks

N4 Writing Group - course information

If you are working on a specific writing project and/or want help developing your creative writing skills you might like to join a regular writing group. Improve your technique and benefit from the structure of regular workshops. I run two writing groups on Monday, during the day and in the evenings, and we meet every fortnight.

On the Mondays we don’t meet, you submit work to me (max 500 words) for one to one feedback via email which will give you the opportunity to explore your own methods and writing rhythms at the same time as receiving guidance and support. The point of the course is to give you the ‘space’, once a week, to write whether in a group or alone at home. Existing members of the group are warm and committed, work in various professions and range in age.

We generally begin each class by reading and examining text/s which illustrate the various topics. This will be followed by writing exercises. In the final part of the session everyone reads aloud from their work. This takes place in a relaxed, safe environment. It is also intended to be a fun, social setting where you can meet new people, write, and share your words with others. You will be able to write and receive feedback in a supportive atmosphere. Some of the subjects we explore are character, dialogue, conflict, pace, tension, point of view, different genres, writing with intensity, climax and resolution, irony and editing. We often work towards entering some short story competitions and recently members of the group have been enjoying some success.

If you are interested in joining one of the N4 writing groups or would like further info please email: 



Praise from current students:

This course makes writers out of all who take it. It gives you the confidence to find your voice then, when you've found it, the guidance to make it sing. Vanessa

Lucy understands the careful balance between giving us our creative freedom and crafting our work to make it stronger and more focused. Her classes are well worth it. Ben

There's nothing like being in a group of writers to help you find that 'hidden' voice beneath all the uncertainty and self-doubt. Lucy's classes are brilliant in bringing out the best in all present. Evelyn

With Lucy’s encouragement, I entered the Bath Flash Fiction Award and will now be published in their autumn anthology. Her comments are always insightful and helpful. Sophie





Camden Working Men's College Classes
Tuesdays 2:30pm (2.5 hours)
Tuesdays 6:00pm (2.5  hours)


Camden Working Men's College - course information

Lucy also teaches Creative Writing at the Working Men’s College in Camden.

An Introduction to Creative Writing
This ten week course is designed to stimulate your imagination and get you writing. If you have a desire to express yourself on paper or want help developing your creative writing skills this is the course for you. The course will introduce you to some key elements of creative writing. You will be encouraged to find your own voice through guided writing activities, share your work and receive feedback in a supportive atmosphere.

Creative Writing – Basics (Mixed Level)
This course is designed to stimulate your imagination and get you writing. If you have a desire to express yourself on paper or want help developing your creative writing skills this is the course for you. You will be encouraged to find your own voice through guided writing activities, share your work and receive feedback in a supportive atmosphere. This course provides a foundation to move on to more focused study on “Short Fiction and Poetry” and “The Writer’s Craft” in later terms.

Creative Writing – Short Fiction and Poetry (Mixed Level)
This ten week course is for those wanting to develop their creative writing skills in both poetry and short stories. We will explore short fiction forms such as fables and flash fiction and expand your skills in creating tension, characterisation and writing effective dialogue. You will write and receive feedback in a supportive atmosphere, learn further principles of good writing and identify how short stories are crafted differently from novels. You will recognise key elements of writing poetry and explore some of its different forms, create vivid imagery and understand how to make every word count. The course is also intended to inspire and promote your writing confidence.

Creative Writing – The Writer’s Craft (Mixed Level)
This ten week course is for those wanting to develop their creative writing skills. We will explore a range of methods to help you refine and strengthen your writing. We will look at the importance of place and landscape, how to write convincing villains, flashback, climax and resolution. One session will be dedicated to writing an effective synopsis of your work. The course is also intended to inspire and promote your writing confidence.

Lucy Popescu is an experienced creative writing tutor. Her publications include A Country to Call Home, A Country of Refuge, The Good Tourist and Another Sky. Lucy also reviews books, theatre and film and is chair of the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award

If you are interested in joining Lucy's classes at the WMC please enrol online or in person by visiting Crowndale Road. Online click on the creative writing course you want to join and select enrol. Pay the fee online using your credit or debit card. You will receive an email confirmation and a payment receipt within one working day.

Lucy is a force for change, someone who will help inform your reading. Her encouragement and comments on written work are very valuable. You take them seriously  - they come from a published writer/critic/editor. With Lucy’s positive attitude and no nonsense approach, she will enable you to write from the heart, from your imagination and from memory, however nervous you may initially beShe enables the class to work collaboratively, all part of the fun. Caroline