In June, we’re reading the iconic story, ‘Bullet in the Brain’, by the American author Tobias Wolff. The story is about a bank robbery, and it’s no spoiler to say that a man is shot – what follows are the thoughts that go through his mind as he dies. The story was first published in the 1996 collection The Night in Question, and since then, it has become a classic example of the perfect short story. Wolff himself said in an interview with The Paris Review: “[The story is] about a book critic who is so jaded, and so filled with allusion and literary reference, that even when his very life is threatened, he hears the threat as a series of clichés that he thinks are risible.” There is more…
Fancy reading at the Word Factory?
Posted on May 11th, 2016 by Eloise Wales
Submit your story before midnight GMT on Monday 6 June for a chance to read it out loud at the Word Factory salon in London on Wednesday June 29.
The theme is Girl Power and your previously unpublished story can be a response to any of the Word Factory salons or masterclasses that have taken place this year as part of the Sublime Women series (for example, you might have found inspiration in the work of Muriel Spark, Janice Galloway, Kirsty Gunn, Deborah Levy, Katherine Mansfield, Tracy Chevalier, etc). There is more…
It’s not too late to join us!
Posted on May 10th, 2016 by Corinne Oulton
Thank you to everyone who has supported us as members of the Word Factory this year. Our scheme has been a huge success, offering members considerable benefits – from priority booking to exclusive events such as our masterclasses with Tobias Wolff and Neil Gaiman, to discounts and “bring-a-friend-for-free” offers. Your support has enabled us to provide all the services we know you love.
If you haven’t become a member already, it’s not too late to make the most of the classes and salons planned throughout the rest of the year – with leading authors including David Constantine, Tessa Hadley, Jacob Ross, Marina Warner, Lucy Caldwell, Lionel Shriver, David Vann, Michèle Roberts, Petina Gappah and Philip Hensher – plus our one-day festival of publishing advice with Mslexia magazine.
Don’t delay! Membership for 2016 will close on May 31. If you would like to consider becoming a member in 2017, would like us to send you a reminder about when you can join, or simply want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact Alison Hitchcock. firstname.lastname@example.org
An evening with Tobias Wolff…
Posted on May 8th, 2016 by Eloise Wales
On Friday April 29th, we were delighted to be joined by Tobias Wolff in a rare UK appearance. Here are a few shots from the evening:
Tobias Wolff gave an illuminating talk on the short story and his writing process. There is more…
05/16: Round-up of News & Opportunities
Posted on May 1st, 2016 by Eloise Wales
Compiled by Editorial Assistant Eloise Wales from Associate Director Paul McVeigh’s blog. A monthly listing you can’t afford to miss. See the links below.
In the beginning was the Word Factory, intimate short story salons bringing brilliant writers and readers together for wine, conversation and great work. We make writing better: creating the spaces for inspiration with a rolling programme of monthly readings and interviews. Meet our authors, join our salons and masterclasses, become a member of the short story club. If you can't join us, catch up with our film channel. Apply for our unique writing apprenticeship scheme. Together we can write the perfect ending.