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A very Happy Easter from all the Word Factory team!

And we've got something for that post-chocolate slump: short stories, essays, interviews and the best new competitions on our round-up! bit.ly/2I2sHuP

Why not enter Ad Hoc Fiction's weekly flash competition? The winning entry receives a free entry to this year's Bath Flash Fiction Award: bit.ly/2DoYgLb
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A very Happy Easter from all the Word Factory team!

And weve got something for that post-chocolate slump: short stories, essays, interviews and the best new competitions on our round-up! https://bit.ly/2I2sHuP

Why not enter Ad Hoc Fictions weekly flash competition? The winning entry receives a free entry to this years Bath Flash Fiction Award: https://bit.ly/2DoYgLb

On solitude: a writer’s discourse

Posted on March 14th, 2019 by Eloise Wales

Natalia Theodoridou is a Word Factory Apprentice Award Winner (2018/2019). Here she reflects on writing and solitude.

I love solitude.

One of my favourite places in the entire world is my parents’ seaside house in Siviri, Greece. The name references Siberia–because it can get very cold at night, because there are very few people there all year except in the busy summer months.

I long for those sunless winter afternoons when the sea turns to steel. I want no people then. I recoil from voices, from touch. The words come, and they need nothing but the cold sea and the gulls.

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And I abhor solitude. There is more…

Breathing Spaces

Posted on March 10th, 2019 by Eloise Wales

What is breathing spaces?
Breathing Spaces is a chance for attendees of the Word Factory masterclasses to have a chance to do just that: breathe, and take in everything from the earlier session. It’s an opportunity to extend and deepen the masterclass experience. We’ll take time for reflection, through group discussion and writing, where time permits, expanding on the themes set out in the masterclass. All those new ideas can get an airing. We’ll share contacts and make opportunities for continuing discussions and sharing resources.

What can I expect?
This year’s master classes with Tom Lee, Preti Taneja, Ingrid Persaud and Stella Duffy – invite you to take your feelings for a walk, find your voice, write convincing dialogue and work with your body – so you can tap into your unique writing voice. In each of those session, there will be plenty to reflect on; ideas to share and discuss. There is more…

Join the Word Factory

Posted on February 20th, 2019 by Eloise Wales

Want to be part of an innovative writer’s organisation? I am looking for brilliant volunteers to join the Word Factory and replace two outstanding team-members who have gone on to great jobs in the literary and publishing world.

Social Media Manager: you will be an excellent communicator; you will be confident working on social media, particularly, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You will be excited about leading a small team and planning a strategy to promote a renowned literature programme. You will receive training and be supported to become self-sufficient in the role.

Online Manager: you will be itching to commission for our blog using our content, including film, and your own ideas; you will be available to update content on the website and work with the director on a range of special editorial projects. There is more…