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The Change Makers & The Winning Streak

Writers pushing the boundaries of the form

Salons & Talks

In 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.

And our spring/summer masterclasses will focus on The Winning Streak, bringing you closer to recipients of some of the most important literary prizes in the UK, with a range of workshops and opportunities for you to share your work.

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 (winners of the prestigious Michael Marks Award), and will be showcasing new talent in beautifully produced pamphlets. Our commitment to supporting new talent is also backed this year by partners in our renowned mentoring award, the Word Factory Apprentice Award: Arts Council England, New Writing North, Comma Press, Writing West Midlands and Literature Works.

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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


Salon #71

Being Various: New Irish Writing at the Irish Embassy
A fantastic opportunity to share an evening with some of the finest Irish writers of our time. Being Various, New Irish Short Stories (Faber) explores a multi-cultural country at a transitional point in history, depicting lives and a sense of belonging in Ireland that's relevant to us all. Word Factory is delighted to celebrate the anthology at a wine reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador Adrian O'Neill and Cathy Galvin at the Irish Embassy in London.
Please note: though the event is free, it is vital to book your place in advance so that your name can be added to our special guest list.

June 27, 2019 6:00 pm