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Masterclasses, Talks & Special Events

We are delighted to offer you our 2016 masterclass programme, designed to bring you closer to leading writers in small, exclusive groups with close tuition and guidance.

Our year has been planned to inspire your creativity with classes, talks and other special events linked to our salons and reading group, all drawing on the highest quality classic and contemporary short story writing. Discounts and offers are available to all events by becoming a member of the Word Factory.

Full details of the classes and talks, content, class size and price, can be found by clicking through on the ticket buttons below.

All events are held at Waterstones Piccadilly unless otherwise stated.
There will be opportunities to have your own work read in response to the programme at salons throughout the year.

Any queries, please contact Alison by email: alison@thewordfactory.tv

Masterclasses & Talks

Marina Warner

Myth, magic and Angela Carter

Saturday February 27th 1pm-4pm


A.L Kennedy

He, she and me: writing in and out of gender

Saturday March 19th 2pm-4pm


Janice Galloway

Muriel Spark, heading towards the light

Saturday April 23rd 1pm-4pm


Tobias Wolff

An evening with Tobias Wolff

Friday April 29th 6.30pm-8.30pm


Neil Gaiman

An evening with Neil Gaiman

Wednesday May 25th 6.30pm-8.30pm


David Constantine

David Constantine celebrates Jean Rhys

Wednesday June 1st 6.30pm-8.30pm


Jacob Ross

The mechanics of the modern story and Olive Senior

Saturday June 18th 1pm-4pm


Tessa Hadley

On Alice Munro. Open Secrets

Saturday July 9th 1pm-4pm


Michèle Roberts

The erotica of Anaïs Nin

Saturday September 10th 1pm-4pm


David Vann

Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter and me

Saturday October 29th 1pm-4pm


Michèle Roberts

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Saturday November 19th 1pm-4pm


Special Free Event – An evening of celebration with The Edge Hill Prize 2016

Join the Word Factory in association with Edge Hill University as the winner of the UK's leading award for a single short story collection is announced. With additional readings from Chris Beckett, 2009 winner for The Turing Test and Jane Rogers, shortlisted 2013 for Hitting Trees With Sticks.

Tuesday July 5th, 6.30pm-8.30pm


Word Factory Salons

Join us throughout the year at our intimate salons for stories and literary conversation. We guarantee a warm welcome and glass of wine.

Salon #40

The Magic of Angela Carter: readings and conversation with Marina Warner and Helen Simpson.

Saturday February 27th 6pm-8pm


Salon #41

An evening of inspiration with A.L Kennedy, K.J Orr and Word Factory readers.

Saturday March 19th 6pm-8pm


Salon #42

Reader I Married Him: celebrate Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre with Tracy Chevalier, Helen Dunmore and Evie Wylde.

Wednesday April 13th 6.30pm-8.30pm


Salon #43

The Katherine Mansfield Legacy with Deborah Levy and Kirsty Gunn. BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE

Saturday April 23rd 6pm-8pm


Salon #44

A Sublime Summer: Jacob Ross, Lucy Caldwell and Philip Hensher.

Saturday June 18th 6pm-8pm


Salon #45

Girl Power: an evening of your new stories curated by Zoe Gilbert and Sophie Haydock.

Wednesday June 29th 6.30pm-8.30pm


Salon #46

An evening celebrating Alice Munro with Tessa Hadley and Ailsa Cox.

Saturday July 9th 6pm-8pm


Salon #47

The launch of Faber anthology, 'Sex and Death': with Peter Hobbs, Petina Gappah and Michèle Roberts

Saturday September 10th 6pm-8pm


Salon #48

The Flannery O'Connor effect: with David Vann, Vanessa Gebbie and Divya Ghelani.

Saturday October 29th 6pm-8pm


Salon #50

Magic to the power of three: celebrating our glorious 50th Word Factory salon with Dame Marina Warner, Joanna Walsh and Dubravka Ugresic

Saturday 10th December 6pm-8pm