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“The national organisation supporting excellence in short fiction” – The Guardian

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Appprentice Award


Our apprentice award alumnae

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Courses & Events

Join us at masterclasses,
salons, short story club & more

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Readings & Conversation

with some of the world's
best short story writers

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What’s The Story? 

Word Factory creates literary excellence and long-term relationships supporting the next generation of short story writers. We are a team of writers with a track record in securing national reputation, publication and representation for those we work with.

Word Factory New Story Festival

A Festival of Radical Writing

Join us in celebrating our Word Factory New Story autumn festival celebrating the power of the short story form to support radical writing and provide a vital platform for new writers and their ideas. 

Over the next few months we will be gathering online and in real-time for a series of events – and a party! – in celebration of our trail-blazing authors and the writing relationships that can transform lives.

We are deeply thankful to be supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and a range of partners including the London Library, Hatchards, Terre Verte Gallery (Cornwall) and the Society of Authors. Bursary information is available on all tickets.

Cathy Galvin and the Word Factory Team

Festival Events & Tickets

Take a look at our Short Story Classes & Events page for upcoming masterclasses, live and online events with some of our greatest writing talent: Zoe Gilbert, Jessie Greengrass, Courttia Newland, Wendy Erskine, Ben Pester, Yan Ge, Ruby Cowling, Tom Conaghan, Sophie Haydock, Alison MacLeod, Leone Ross, Giselle Leeb, Wyl Menmuir, Emily Devane, David Constantine, Carys Davies and more + our limited edition all-access November ticket offering a 50% discount

The New Story: Festival Events

Factory Journal

Factory Films

Up close and personal with leading writers and their stories. An archive of intimate, insightful conversations into the art of short story writing.

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A L Kennedy
AL Kennedy

Cathy Galvin has created a remarkable community of writers around the Word Factory. Events and classes are inspiring.

Nikesh Shukla

Word Factory’s Citizen Festival was a brilliant literary state of the nation showcasing. With words as a weapon, and with platforms such as Citizen, we can affect change together.