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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 Course – All Five Workshops

The Full Word Factory Works — Getting Your Work Noticed
All five workshops with one ticket and it saves you money. Workshop dates: 15 Sept 2018; 6 Oct 2018; 10 Nov 2018; 16 Feb 2019 & 16 Mar 2019.

September 15, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £190

Non-Members: £240

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Short Story Course – Workshop #1

Resilient Thinking For Writers Workshop with Isabel Costello and Voula Grand
Learning to cope with the inevitable setbacks is an essential part of any writer's life, yet it gets little attention. Resilient Thinking for Writers addresses the subject head-on in an energising and interactive workshop combining presentation, discussion and written exercises.

September 15, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £55

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Short Story Course – Workshop #2

When something is something else – metaphorical thinking, with Adam Marek
In this three-hour workshop, we will explore practical techniques to apply metaphorical thinking to every aspect of your writing, from descriptions, to character and setting, to plot design.

October 6, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £55

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Short Story Course – Workshop #3

Finding your place with Courttia Newland
This one-off masterclass will delve into the function and mysteries of place in fiction. Using a range of texts and exercises, Courttia will show that when your character is the vehicle and emotion the fuel, place and setting become the landscape which reveal themes and intentions.

November 10, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £55

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Short Story Course – Advice Session #4

Meet The Agents: Robert Caskie, Carrie Kania & Julia Silk
A fantastic opportunity to discuss your work and writing opportunities with three of London’s most productive and experienced literary agents.

February 16, 2019 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £55

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Short Story Course – Workshop #5

Taking Your Feelings For A Walk with Tom Lee
This workshop is focussed on helping you tune into your writing and to encourage your inner voice. Tom will explain how he's been able to talk his own feelings for a walk through the short story form, reference to other writers and time for exercises and discussion.

March 16, 2019 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £55

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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 #63

New Voices: An Evening with Zoe Gilbert & Sophie Haydock
Featuring new short story talent with Catherine Menon, Alison Lock and Eley Williams.

September 22, 2018 6:00 pm

Members: £10

Non-Members: £5

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Salon #64

London Launch of the Guillemot Factory
With Carys Davies, Jessie Greengrass, David Constantine and Adam Marek. Limited edition signed copies available. Hosted by Cathy Galvin.
PLUS Tickets for this launch event include the afternoon "Changemakers Lecture" with David Constantine.

October 6, 2018 3:00 pm

Members: £15

Non-Members: £20

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Salon #66

Word Factory Christmas Party
Help us celebrate the fabulous year we have had in the company of dazzling writers.

Entry is FREE but please bring a bottle or nibbles! Space Limited to only 60 places — Book Early!

December 6, 2018 6:30 pm

Members: £0

Non-Members: £0

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Salon #67

High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories
With Jonathan Taylor, Cathy Galvin and more.

February 16, 2019 6:00 pm

Members: £5

Non-Members: £10

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Salon #68

PARTY TIME! Word Factory New Voices Showcase 2018/19
With the 2018/19 Word Factory Apprentice Winners and mentors K.J Orr, Jenn Ashworth, Tom Lee and Courttia Newland.

March 16, 2019 6:00 pm

Members: £5

Non-Members: £10

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