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Sense & Sensuality

Making Stories Work

Salons & Talks

A season to delight the literary senses with new venues, a striking new Short Story Club plus our renowned Short Story Course, mentoring, salons and special events. Join us for fabulous events with Cynan Jones, Sarah Hall, Tessa Hadley, A.L. Kennedy, Leone Ross and more. And enjoy fabulous discounts as a member.

Word Factory Membership

To support us and enjoy priority booking and discounts become a Word Factory Member.

Our Short Story Club

Have fun, join our free short story reading sessions: SHORT STORY DETAILS

Masterclasses & Talks

Short Story Course - Masterclass 3

Tessa Hadley: Putting the life on the page
An inspiring afternoon aimed at refreshing your short-story practice through intensive reading as well as writing exercises with one of the UK’s most renowned novelists and short story writers.

November 16, 2019 1:30 pm

Members: £55

Non-Members: £70


Short Story Course - Masterclass 4

Leone Ross: Eat Me - A masterclass on sex writing
Erotic writing has a bad reputation in most circles. People get embarrassed. The so-called ‘learned’ underestimate the skill it takes to do it well.

February 8, 2020 1:30 pm

Members: £55

Non-Members: £70


Short Story Course - Masterclass 5

Tania Hershman: Writing in and out of form
Come explore different ways you might tell your stories at the points where fiction, poetry, non-fiction and the undefined meet.

March 7, 2020 1:30 pm

Members: £55

Non-Members: £70


Short Story Course - Masterclass 6

Ian Sansom: Touching the funny-bone
In this masterclass we will examine one of literature’s greatest, slightest, strangest and most difficult forms - the humorous short story.

May 16, 2020 1:30 pm

Members: £55

Non-Members: £70


Word Factory Salons

Join us throughout the year at our intimate salons for stories and literary conversation. We guarantee a warm welcome and a glass of wine. All salons are at Waterstones Piccadilly unless otherwise stated.

Salon #73

Sarah Hall in conversation with Cathy Galvin (Postponed)
Sarah will read from her hugely anticipated new collection, Sudden Traveller (Faber) – a haunting series of stories featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism and existential quest; she will also explore her writing life with Word Factory founder, journalist and poet, Cathy Galvin. This event is currently postponed, we will add the new date as soon as possible.

October 26, 2019 12:00 am

Members: £20

Non-Members: £35


Salon #75

Word Factory Christmas Party 2019
Help us celebrate a fabulous year, working with and being inspired by dazzling writers including Tessa Hadley, Cynan Jones and Sarah Hall. It's time for you, the Word Factory team and all our brilliant apprentice award winners to share a glass and a story in front of the fire at the quirky, beautiful Music Room.

December 4, 2019 6:30 pm

Members: £10

Non-Members: £10