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Ruby Cowling: Short Stories and Novels are as Different as the Violin and Tympani

Posted on May 16th, 2019 by Dylan Brethour

Ruby Cowling has followed up awards from the Bridport Prize to the London Short Story Prize, with her debut collection This Paradise. We talk to her about what makes a great short story, how to edit your own work, and why ‘bad’ writing is where good writing starts.

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5/19: News & Opportunities Round-Up

Posted on May 1st, 2019 by Dylan Brethour

A monthly listing of news, writing resources, and submission opportunities you can’t afford to miss. Compiled by Digital Editor Dylan Brethour from Associate Director Paul McVeigh’s blog.

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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.


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…