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The Change Makers

Writers pushing the boundaries of the form

Salons & Talks —The Change Makers

In 2018 and early 2019, Word Factory is focussing on The Change Makers, an exclusive programme of salons and discussions with writers pushing the boundaries of the short story form, commissioned exclusively by Word Factory in partnership with Arts Council England to share new work and inspiration.

As part of this project, we have also launched our own exclusive limited edition imprint showcasing some of the best UK short story writing talent, The Guillemot Factory, with Guillemot Press and will be celebrating the acclaimed series at our Word Factory day on October 6th at Waterstones Piccadilly with authors Carys Davies, Jessie Greengrass, David Constantine and Adam Marek.

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Masterclasses & Talks

Short Story Summer Course – Workshop #2

Finding your voice with Preti Taneja, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018
‘Voice’ is one of the most mysterious aspects of fiction to master. But what is it? How do you develop it? Do some people find it more easily than others – and if so why? This masterclass will enable you to experiment with aspects of style including point of view, tenses and structure, allowing you to keep your work fresh, hone your authorial voice and create unforgettable characters who have minds of their own.

May 25, 2019 1:30 pm

Members: £45

Non-Members: £55


Short Story Summer Course – Workshop #4

The Body and The Word
A workshop for us all to explore where the body fits in our work, how to welcome our own bodies more into our writing, and embrace writing as a physical practice. Wear comfortable clothing, be prepared to move (to the extent you are able) as well as write — let’s play together and on the page and see where that takes us.

July 6, 2019 1:30 pm

Members: £45

Non-Members: £55


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 #69

FORGOTTEN WOMEN — Ancient History with Stand Up
A unique Word Factory night in partnership with Tara Theatre. Brilliant Flash Fiction from the Word Factory team ... plus writer, broadcaster and star of the BBC Radio 4 series Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, joins us on stage with her unique take on ancient history and stand up, telling stories of women embroiled in the legendary war and terrible aftermath of Troy.

May 11, 2019 7:30 pm


Salon #70

What Winning Taught Me
Preti Taneja, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 with Jennifer Makumbi, winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018 for an evening of readings and literary insight with two of the most exciting voices in contemporary fiction. Guest reader and Word Factory regular Ruby Cowling will read from her debut collection, This Paradise.

May 25, 2019 6:30 pm

Members: £5

Non-Members: £10