This year Word Factory has been celebrating classic and contemporary female short story writers in a year-long series of interlinked classes, salons and special events. Join us for an exciting autumn of activity. Highlights include – masterclasses with David Vann, Michele Roberts and Marina Warner. Join us with Lionel Shriver at the Small Like A Bullet one-day November festival in partnership with Mslexia magazine.
Our year has been planned to inspire your creativity with classes, talks and other special events linked to our salons and short story club, 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. We will be announcing details of membership for 2017 over the next few weeks.
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: email@example.com
He, she and me: writing in and out of gender
Saturday March 19th 2pm-4pm
Muriel Spark, heading towards the light
Saturday April 23rd 1pm-4pm
An evening with Tobias Wolff
Friday April 29th 6.30pm-8.30pm
An evening with Neil Gaiman
Wednesday May 25th 6.30pm-8.30pm
David Constantine celebrates Jean Rhys
Wednesday June 1st 6.30pm-8.30pm
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
On Alice Munro. Open Secrets
Saturday July 9th 1pm-4pm
The erotica of Anaïs Nin
Saturday September 10th 1pm-4pm
Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter and me
Saturday October 29th 1pm-4pm
A Mslexia masterclass led by editor Debbie Taylor that aims to take the pain out of writing this most daunting piece of text.
Saturday November 19th, 10am-Midday
Saturday November 19th 1pm-4pm
Mslexia editor Debbie Taylor chairs a panel discussion with three leading independent press editors.
Saturday November 19th, 4pm-5.30pm
Myth, magic and Angela Carter
Saturday December 10th 1pm-4pm
Join us throughout the year at our intimate salons for stories and literary conversation. We guarantee a warm welcome and glass of wine.
The Magic of Angela Carter: readings and conversation with Marina Warner and Helen Simpson.
Saturday February 27th 6pm-8pm
An evening of inspiration with A.L Kennedy, K.J Orr and Word Factory readers.
Saturday March 19th 6pm-8pm
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
The Katherine Mansfield Legacy with Deborah Levy and Kirsty Gunn. BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE
Saturday April 23rd 6pm-8pm
A Sublime Summer: Jacob Ross, Lucy Caldwell & Jacob's apprentice Claire Adam. BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE
Saturday June 18th 6pm-8pm
Girl Power: an evening of your new stories curated by Zoe Gilbert and Sophie Haydock.
Wednesday June 29th 6.30pm-8.30pm
An evening celebrating Alice Munro with Tessa Hadley, Ailsa Cox & Ailsa's apprentice Emily Devane.
Saturday July 9th 6pm-8pm
The launch of Faber anthology, 'Sex and Death': with Peter Hobbs, Petina Gappah and Michèle Roberts
Saturday September 10th 6pm-8pm
The Flannery O'Connor effect: with David Vann, Vanessa Gebbie and Divya Ghelani.
Saturday October 29th 6pm-8pm
SMALL LIKE A BULLET SALON - readings from Mslexia editor Debbie Taylor, Elizabeth Baines and the sublime Lionel Shriver.
Saturday November 19th, 6pm-8pm
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