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Apprenticeship Scheme 2014 – UPDATE


We are thrilled to announce that submissions are now open for the Word Factory Apprenticeship Scheme! This unique six month programme will give two emerging writers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of short fiction, including free access to all the Word Factory readings and masterclasses with celebrated authors and short story luminaries.

Submissions are now open and close on 1st September. The two winners will be announced at our salon on September 27th. The judges this year will be Paul McVeigh, Carrie Kania and Cathy Galvin.

Each Apprentice will be given a mentor, with whom they will share their work and receive feedback and support. Our two mentors this year will be award-winning short story writer, Adam Marek, and novelist, short story writer and editor, Nicholas Royle.

At the end of the apprenticeship, each mentor and mentee will read at one of our London salons and share their experience with the audience.
We have also partnered with Spread the Word and literary agent Carrie Kania, to offer the Apprentices a range of additional exciting opportunities, including one-to-one career consultations and access to workshops.

In return, the Apprentices will become part of the Word Factory family, getting involved with events and contributing to the website.

Inaugural experiences:

Reflecting on her time as one of our inaugural apprentices last year, Holly Dawson says:

“The Apprenticeship was life-changing. It has felt like a mini-MA! I had been writing on my own for a long time and didn’t know how to take it to the next level. During the Apprenticeship, I’ve been inspired by readings, fired up by masterclasses, encouraged by agents and given invaluable support and guidance by Cathy, Paul and of course my wonderful mentor, Alex Preston. My work has changed dramatically – and I have, too.”

Her fellow apprentice, Rebecca Swirsky, was mentored by Stella Duffy. Rebecca says:

“From the masterclasses, to the regular Salons, from Cathy Galvin and Paul McVeigh to Stella Duffy herself, being a Word Factory Apprentice has been a privilege and delight. Making connections, forming community, is at the heart of the Word Factory ethos. Where else could I engage in an extended dialogue for six months about my writing with such fiercely skilled, reflective and highly regarded writers such as Stella Duffy? The long-term benefits of the Word Factory Apprenticeship are exceptional, offering skills and connections that will continually support my future career as a writer.”

For submission guidelines, and more information on last year’s apprentice scheme, please visit the Apprenticeship page.

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