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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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Masterclasses & Talks

Short Story Course – All Five Workshops

The Full Word Factory Works — Become a Better Writer
All five workshops with one ticket and it saves you money. Workshop dates: 17 March; 21 April; 19 May & 16 June 2018.

March 17, 2018 8:00 am

Members: £160

Non-Members: £200


Short Story Course – Workshop #1

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

March 17, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £50


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

Members: £40

Non-Members: £50


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

Members: £15

Non-Members: £25


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.

May 19, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £50


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

Members: £40

Non-Members: £50


Word Factory Salons

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.

Salon #59

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

March 16, 2018 7:00 pm

Members: £10

Non-Members: £20


Salon #60

Lionel Shriver: So the short story doesn’t sell?

April 21, 2018 6:00 pm

Members: £10

Non-Members: £15


Salon #61

New Change Makers – with Sophie Haydock and Zoe Gilbert

May 12, 2018 6:00 pm

Members: £5

Non-Members: £10


Salon #62

An Evening with Deborah Levy

June 16, 2018 6:00 pm

Members: £10

Non-Members: £15


Masterclass & Talks Archive

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


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 #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