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Short Story Course 2018/19


Getting Your Work Noticed

Our Academy guarantees quality teaching from the best names in publishing

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Limited to 25 places

An exclusive course of five workshops for committed short story writers with award-winning practitioners, a psychologist and agents aimed at honing writing and presentational skills.

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, this course will prepare you for the motivation, discipline and practicality of refining your work and getting it published.

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.

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FULL COURSE: All five workshops from September 2018 to March 2019 PLUS admittance to a special July salon to read your work: £240. Members discounted rate: £190. Please note: the fourth session in February is focussed on individual advice sessions with agents and will have to be booked separately on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only 12 Full Course Tickets available, once full, classes will need to be booked on an individual basis.

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS: £55. Members discounted rate: £40. For the core sessions with Isabel Costello and Voula Grand, Courttia Newland, Adam Marek and Jenn Ashworth.

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 + 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.