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Short Story Course 2018


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Limited to 25 places

An exclusive spring/summer course of five workshops for committed short story writers with award-winning practitioners.

Designed by writer and Word Factory director Cathy Galvin, founder of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and a judge of leading literary prizes, you will explore the fundamentals of short story writing – including character, plot, beginnings & endings and editing. You will also be offered a chance to read your work at a special summer event attended by literary agents. We will offer an additional class on reading your work in advance of the special salon.

To make the most of the course, be prepared to do some background reading and undertake writing tasks at and between the sessions. There will be spaces for you to discuss your work with other attendees before and after sessions.

Attending the full course offers continuity and savings. It’s also possible to book for individual sessions.

Workshops & Tickets

Details & Other Info

Short Story Course – Workshop #2

Beginnings & Endings with Tessa Hadley
The essentials of understanding beginnings and endings in your work.

April 21, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £50


Short Story Course – Workshop #3

Being Heard with Sharon Eckman
Learn ways to combat stage fright; gain tips on breath control, projection and how to read dialogue. Come away knowing how to communicate your words in the way you want them to be heard.

April 21, 2018 2:00 pm

Members: £15

Non-Members: £25


Short Story Course – Workshop #4

On Plot with Toby Litt
Explore how to frame your ideas and characters within structures that are convincing while encouraging a confidence in experimenting with form.
This event will be at Waterstones Gower St - all other classes/salons at Waterstones Piccadilly.

May 12, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £50


Suffragette Flash Workshop

Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy a full day workshop and perform your work later in the evening.
The full day workshop will be run by Tania Hershman and hosted by Word Factory director Cathy Galvin - helping you write and perform your own flash-fictions, taking inspiration from the words and deeds of revolutionary women worldwide.
Held at: Tara Theatre, London SW18 4ES
TICKETS £50 Two bursaries available

May 26, 2018 2:00 pm

Members: £

Non-Members: £


Word Factory Special Event at the Charles Causley Festival

The Cornish Renaissance with Adam Marek, Cathy Galvin, Tom Vowler, Luke Thompson & Emma Timpany.
Join us in Cornwall for a Word Factory day of workshop, reading club and salon celebrating the launches of our first short story pamphlet series The Guillemot Factory and Cornish Short Stories.

The Word Factory events are part of the annual Charles Causley Festival of Literature and the Arts, in Launceton, Cornwall.
Tickets: Masterclass - £20, Story Club - donations, Salon £5. Events start at: 10am, 2pm and 6pm respectively.

June 1, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £

Non-Members: £


Short Story Course – Workshop #5

Help Your Story: Make the Cut with Cynan Jones
Learn how to load your sentences so they say things strongly. How to interrogate your writing to make sure each word does a job.

June 16, 2018 10:00 am

Members: £40

Non-Members: £50


Important Details


FULL COURSE: All five workshops plus admittance to our special course-linked reading salon running from March –July 2018: £200. Members discounted rate: £160.

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS: £50 for the core sessions with Leone Ross, Tessa Hadley, Toby Litt and Cynan Jones and £25 for the practical session on reading your work with writer and actor Sharon Eckman.

FREE SALON ENTRY: Free admittance to the special “New Voices” Salon on 18th July, for anyone attending two or more sessions in the course.

Class sizes will be kept to 25 maximum.


As a “Friend” of the Word Factory, not only do you support the work we do, but you also get priority booking and £10 discount on each workshop + free entry for two friends to the special reading salon + significant discounts on all other Word Factory master classes, salons and talks + special members-only events. Become a valued member of a community of fellow writers.



The course will be run on Saturday mornings at Waterstones, Piccadilly unless otherwise stated. Please Note: there is a slim possibility the venue will change but would still be in central London.


Further information or any specific queries, please email Sophie at: sophie@thewordfactory.tv

Word Factory Academy

The Word Factory has been leading excellence in short fiction in the UK for over seven years. Our Academy guarantees quality teaching from the best names in publishing, a supportive writing community and small classes – a unique combination of intimacy, connection and inspiration.

We encourage anyone wanting to grow as a writer and reader of quality literature to also attend our salons and talks, free short story club events and to become a member of our community for significant priority booking and discounts.