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Become a Word Factory Friend or Fellow 2020

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A national organisation supporting excellence in short fiction…

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As a FRIEND of the Word Factory, you can enjoy discounted tickets and priority booking to all of our events, masterclasses short story courses, Vimeo channel and short story club PLUS, bring a friend for free to our salons. Find out more and become a valued member of a community of fellow writers.

Our dynamic 2019/2020 programme of masterclasses – supported by additional salons, special events, news service, videos and short story club – allows you to work in small classes and intimate settings with leading authors including Cynan Jones, Sarah Hall, A.L Kennedy, Leone Ross and more…

We want you to become part of our inspiring and supportive writing community. As a member we offer you the opportunity to share work and for your writing to be nurtured. And you will be welcomed and looked after by Sophie Haydock and director Cathy Galvin.

Our members are an inviting and highly talented company of writers, eager to share work and to learn. We organise several member only evenings throughout the year.

By becoming a member, you are also helping the sustainability of the only organisation in the UK promoting and supporting excellence in the short story form — a unique not-for-profit literary company run by and for writers — and all of our not-for-profit activities, including our outstanding Apprentice Award, which links emerging writers throughout the country with leading authors in a unique mentoring programme. This year our mentors are Carys Davies, Leone Ross, Chris Power and Lisa Blower

Word Factory has an outstanding year-long programme with partners including Arts Council England, Waterstones Piccadilly, Literature Works, New Writing North, Writing West Midlands, Writing East Midlands and the Society of Authors.

2019 highlights included: an evening with Eimear McBride, Lucy Caldwell, Paul McVeigh, Cathy Galvin and Kit de Waal at the Irish Embassy, London; the launch of our exclusive imprint The Guillemot Factory with Carys Davies, Jessie Greengrass, Adam Marek and David Constantine and wonderful partners, The Guillemot Press.

This membership will run until the end of August 2020.

Here’s what some leading authors and members have to say about us:

Where else but the Word Factory could you guarantee a ticket to sit in a room with Neil Gaiman and hear about his writing practices? I believe we’ll look back on this as Short Fiction History in the making.

Tamsin Hopkins, a Word Factory Friend

Cathy Galvin has created a remarkable community of writers around the Word Factory. Events and workshops are always worthwhile, well-organised and inspiring.

A.L. Kennedy

I’ve been given a level of insight into great authors’ writing processes that has renewed my inspiration and energised my own writing. As a Fellow, there’s also the benefit of feedback on one of my short stories. That’s what I call an investment that pays dividends.

Penny MacLeod, a Word Factory Fellow

Two Membership Options

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  • Friend Annual Package
  • £50
  • Priority BookingFor all events
  • Discounted Masterclass EntrySave £s on every ticket
  • Discounted Salon EntrySave £s on every ticket
  • Free Video ArchiveAccess 145+ readings & conversations
  • Support The Word FactoryYour membership helps support our work
  • Bring Friend FreeTo all the salons you book
  • Make me a friend
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  • Fellow Annual Package
  • £300
  • Priority BookingFor all events
  • Discounted Masterclass EntrySave £s on every ticket
  • Discounted Salon EntrySave £s on every ticket
  • Free Video ArchiveAccess 145+ readings & conversations
  • Support The Word FactoryYour membership helps support our work
  • Bring Friend FreeTo all the salons you book
  • PLUS
  • 4 Free EventsFree masterclasses or salons
  • Story CritiqueFor one of your short stories
  • Make me a fellow

Please Note:

Your membership runs until the end of August 2020. Join early to benefit from the full programme. Prices are subject to change.