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The Change Makers

Writers pushing the boundaries of the form

Salons & Talks —The Change Makers

In 2018 Word Factory is focussing on The Change Makers, an exclusive programme of salons and discussions with writers pushing the boundaries of the form, commissioned exclusively by Word Factory in partnership with Arts Council England to share new work and inspiration with you.

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Join us throughout the year at our intimate salons for stories and literary conversation. We guarantee a warm welcome and a glass of wine. All salons are at Waterstones Piccadilly unless otherwise stated.

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Masterclass & Talks Archive

Short Story Course – Workshop #5

Help Your Story: Make the Cut with Cynan Jones
Learn how to load your sentences so they say things strongly. How to interrogate your writing to make sure each word does a job.

June 16, 2018 10:00 am

Word Factory Special Event at the Charles Causley Festival

The Cornish Renaissance with Adam Marek, Cathy Galvin, Tom Vowler, Luke Thompson & Emma Timpany.
Join us in Cornwall for a Word Factory day of workshop, reading club and salon celebrating the launches of our first short story pamphlet series The Guillemot Factory and Cornish Short Stories.

The Word Factory events are part of the annual Charles Causley Festival of Literature and the Arts, in Launceton, Cornwall.
Tickets: Masterclass - £20, Story Club - donations, Salon £5. Events start at: 10am, 2pm and 6pm respectively.

June 1, 2018 10:00 am

Suffragette Flash Workshop

Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy a full day workshop and perform your work later in the evening.
The full day workshop will be run by Tania Hershman and hosted by Word Factory director Cathy Galvin - helping you write and perform your own flash-fictions, taking inspiration from the words and deeds of revolutionary women worldwide.
Held at: Tara Theatre, London SW18 4ES
TICKETS £50 Two bursaries available

May 26, 2018 2:00 pm

Short Story Course – Workshop #4

On Plot with Toby Litt
Explore how to frame your ideas and characters within structures that are convincing while encouraging a confidence in experimenting with form.
This event will be at Waterstones Gower St - all other classes/salons at Waterstones Piccadilly.

May 12, 2018 10:00 am

Short Story Course – Workshop #3

Being Heard with Sharon Eckman
Learn ways to combat stage fright; gain tips on breath control, projection and how to read dialogue. Come away knowing how to communicate your words in the way you want them to be heard.

April 21, 2018 2:00 pm

Short Story Course – Workshop #2

Beginnings & Endings with Tessa Hadley
The essentials of understanding beginnings and endings in your work.

April 21, 2018 10:00 am

Short Story Course – Workshop #1

On Character with Leone Ross
Explore the essentials of character development and voice.

March 17, 2018 10:00 am

Kit de Waal

Flash Fiction Genius
How to get an entire story into 250 words or less.

September 29, 2017 6:30 pm

Carys Davies

Making the Story Physical
Award-winning Carys Davies will explore the importance of physical things in the unfolding of character and story.

September 9, 2017 1:00 pm

Louise Doughty

Where the narrative leads

July 19, 2017 6:30 pm

David Mitchell

David Mitchell Unpublished

July 12, 2017 7:00 pm

David Morley

Narrative magic

June 24, 2017 1:00 pm

K.J.Orr

Metaphor and the imagination

June 14, 2017 6:30 pm

Dave Lordan

First Impressions: the basics of multimedia for writers

May 20, 2017 10:00 am

Alexander Masters

Non-fiction and the truth masterclass

May 3, 2017 6:30 pm

Paul McVeigh

Everything a debut author needs to know

March 25, 2017 1:00 pm

Salon Archive

Salon #62

An Evening with Deborah Levy
With special guest reader Cynan Jones.
We will announce the winners of the 2018 Word Factory Apprentice Award at this event.

June 16, 2018 6:00 pm

Salon #00

SPECIAL # Salon!
Suffragette Flash Readings with Tania Hershman and Cathy Galvin. After a day’s masterclass in Flash Fiction with Tania Hershman, the participants will take to the stage to share their work.

May 26, 2018 7:00 pm

Salon #61

New Change Makers – with Sophie Haydock and Zoe Gilbert.
Guest readers: Chris Power, Irenosen Okojie and Susmita Bhattacharya.
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be at Waterstones Gower St – all other classes/salons at Waterstones Piccadilly.

May 12, 2018 6:00 pm

Salon #60

Lionel Shriver: So the short story doesn’t sell?
With guest reader Agnieszka Dale.

April 21, 2018 6:00 pm

Salon #59

SPECIAL EVENT: An Evening with Anne Enright, Laureate for Irish Fiction

March 16, 2018 7:00 pm

Salon #58

Zoe Gilbert – Myth, power and story

February 8, 2018 6:30 pm

Salon #57

New Voices
Word Factory presents an evening of brilliant new short story writing. With Tom Lee - The Alarming Palsy of James Orr (out Nov 2017); Agnieszka Dale - Fox Season (out October 2017); Catherine McNamara - The Cartography of Others (out 2018) and Melanie Whipman - Liama Sutra (winner of the Rubery book award 2017). Curated by Word Factory hosts Zoe Gilbert and Sophie Haydock.

Plus your chance to read: bring a story and put your name in the hat!

Please note: This event will be held at The Music Room, London WC1N 3HZ.

October 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Salon #56

Word Factory Showcase
An inspirational evening in the company of our 2017 Apprentice Award Winners and mentors: Alexei Sayle, Nikesh Shukla, Zoe Gilbert and Jarred McGinnis with their protégés Durre Shahwar, Avani Shah, Melissa Fu and Fergus Evans.

Bring a friend for free!

September 9, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #55

Protest, Poetry & Prose: an evening exploring the narrative of change with Kate Clanchy, Gerard Woodward and David Morley.

June 24, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #54

Not The Election: hosted by Sophie Haydock and Zoe Gilbert with guest readers Rowena Macdonald and Tamsin Cottis.

June 7, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #53

Watch your language...four radical writers respond to their sense of belonging - with Rob Doyle, Lisa Blower, Stephen Morrison-Burke and Dave Lordan.

May 20, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #52

Post-truth: explore the art of getting to the truth with Paul McVeigh, Alison MacLeod, Andrew Williams and Christine Toomey

March 25, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #51

Four Voices: Shukla, Otoo, Guo & Hisayo Buchanan

February 25, 2017 6:00 pm