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

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Appprentice Award


Our apprentice award alumnae

Lauren Vevers
Anne Elicano-Shields
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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.


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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.