London’s Word Factory is the national organisation for short story excellence. Run by writers, not for profit but for passion. Word Factory is for everyone who loves stories, bringing brilliant writers and readers together for conversation and fun. Meet our authors, join our masterclasses and make use of our advice, news and information.
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By Karen Featherstone In a session of contrasts, Irenosen Okojie’s short story, Gunk, taken from her collection Speak Gigantular, is a challenging read most of us agreed, and our lively discussion about it raised more questions than we could answer. The “story” takes the form of a monologue written in the second person (we commented […]
As a literary agent, I love attending Word Factory events to meet like-minded people and writers at every stage of their careers in a relaxed setting.
Word Factory convenes good-sized, enthusiastic audiences for short stories in a relaxed, convivial setting that makes the events feel like an indulgence rather than a cultural duty.
Cathy Galvin has created a remarkable community of writers around the Word Factory. Events and workshops are always worthwhile, well-organised and inspiring.
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