Looking back at Mslexicon 2019, looking forward to #Leeds2023

Mslexicon inside Devonshire Hall Courtyard

As we celebrate culture in anticipation of #Leeds2023, we are finishing up our reflective journey by putting the spotlight on literature. In Summer 2019, at the historic Devonshire Hall, we hosted Mslexia, a magazine for women who write which covers both the business and psychology of writing.

Mslexia hosted their first ever weekend writing retreat with us, called Mslexicon 2019. Mslexicon was a retreat aimed at female writers of creative prose including novels, short fiction, memoirs and all types of narrative non-fiction. The retreat was designed to foster creativity and provide attendees with the skills and confidence to achieve their writing goals.

The event allowed writers from across the UK to nurture their craft and progress their career with the help of leading agents, authors, tutors and mentors, who were all hand-picked for their commitment and knowledge in supporting women who write.

Their group workshops, talks and panel discussions covered key issues such as character development, voice and plot, as well as career advice on publishing trends, performance skills, prioritising your creativity, and how to cope with the submissions rollercoaster. One of the most popular events at Mslexicon 2019 was ‘Find Your Tribe’, where attendees identified the genre they wrote in, and mingled in groups.

The historic courtyards of Devonshire Hall were a beautiful backdrop for the outdoor dinners and drinks receptions which saw attendees come together to discuss the exciting talks they had attended.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager for MEETinLEEDS, says:

With its unique character and period architecture, we knew that Devonshire Hall was the perfect venue for delegates to network and explore their creativity.  Environment, and sense of place and belonging is an important factor in the creative process and can lead to very powerful storytelling.  We are privileged to be a part of the continuing journey for  #Leeds2023 and we know the crucial part events will play in bringing the power of culture (in Leeds) to the world.

Literature is a key element of culture being celebrated by #Leeds2023, alongside music, dance, art, sports and theatre. We can’t wait to be part of the exciting events of #Leeds2023 in a year’s time!