Join the Word Factory for readings, conversation, masterclasses and publication with the most inspiring short fiction writers.
The Word Factory #37 – the intimate short story salon – 6-8pm
Bring a friend for free and spend a chilled Word Factory Halloween in the company of Hanif Kureishi, Tom Lee and Leone Ross – spine-tingling readings and electrifying conversation with director Cathy Galvin. Plus details of our 2016 Word Factory apprenticeship scheme with mentors Ailsa Cox, Jacob Ross and Vanessa Gebbie will be announced.
In association with Vanguard, launching their first short story anthology at the salon.
Short Story Club – 4.15-5.15pm
Katherine Mansfield: Bliss
This month we are reading ‘Bliss’ by Katherine Mansfield. Despite her work appearing a century ago, Mansfield is still thought of as a queen of the short story form. This story, published in 1920, is one of several she wrote in which a happy protagonist is forced to confront an unpleasant reality. How do you respond as a 21st century reader to the depiction of inner life and scathing social satire?
Come and discuss this wonderful story with us at the Word Factory Short Story Club in October.
Email Sophie Haydock for more details and a copy of the story: firstname.lastname@example.org
Masterclass with Alex Preston: Place & Atmosphere – 1-4pm
How many times have we been tempted to show the reader how miserable our character is by putting them under a rainy, dull sky? How do we ensure that we maximize the impact of place on our characters and plot without resorting to cliché and predictability?
Explore the perils and delights of place and atmosphere with Alex Preston, award-winning author and journalist. A teacher in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, he will demonstrate how character and place are inextricably linked; how mood and action infect what characters see, and don’t see, around them.
Expect to write, be challenged, and to learn from Alex’s craft and the authors who have inspired him. This workshop is suitable for any writer passionate about the form. Cost: £65 per person with free entrance to the evening reading included. NOTE THE TIME: 1-4pm (before the Salon). Booking is limited to 16 spaces.