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Sense & Sensuality

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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.

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Masterclasses & Talks

Short Story Course - All 6 Masterclasses

The Full Masterclass Set — Sense & Sensuality
All six workshops with one ticket and it saves you money. Workshop dates: 14 Sept 2019; 12 Oct 2019; 16 Nov 2019; 8 Feb 2020 & 7 Mar 2020.

September 14, 2019 1:30 pm

Members: £330

Non-Members: £399

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Short Story Course – Masterclass 1

Cynan Jones: The landscape of love and loss
A class exploring how and where to place the details of love and loss within the reality of landscape and the possibilities of the imagination.

September 14, 2019 1:30 pm

Members: £55

Non-Members: £70

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Short Story Course - Masterclass 2

Stella Duffy: The Body and the Word
A workshop exploring where the body fits in our work, how to welcome our own bodies more into our writing, and how to embrace writing as a physical practice.

October 12, 2019 1:30 pm

Members: £55

Non-Members: £70

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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.

October 26, 2019 6:00 pm

Members: £20

Non-Members: £35

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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

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