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The Word Factory #25 & Masterclass

The Word Factory

Saturday, 26 July 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)

The Word Factory #25 & Masterclass

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Full Ticket + ONE FREE   more info Ended £12.00 £0.00
Concession: Students, Senior Citizens, Unwaged & Disabled + ONE FREE   more info Ended £8.00 £0.00
MASTERCLASS incl. Salon entry   more info Ended £40.00 £0.00

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The Word Factory #25

The intimate short story salon


Bring a friend for free and enjoy a memorable summer salon with the Word Factory team in association with Fiction Uncovered and three brilliant Jerwood Fiction Uncovered 2014 winners — Evie Wyld, Cynan Jones and Naomi Wood. They will be joined by our own Paul McVeigh, sharing his knowledge on how writers can make the most impact on social media in this month's Saturday Masterclass. The evening is hosted by Cathy Galvin.

  Book early online to secure your place and a free glass of wine at Waterstones' flagship store in Piccadilly. Price includes all booking and transaction costs.  
  Naomi Wood   Evie Wyld  

Naomi Wood

Naomi Wood was awarded the 2012 Eccles Centre British Library Writer in Residence Award to write and research Mrs. Hemingway, her second novel - one of eight winners of The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014. Naomi is a Young Patrons Ambassador at the British Library and teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University.


Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld's short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her first novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, was shortlisted for the Impac Prize, the Orange Award for New Writers and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second novel, All the Birds, Singing was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and won the 2014 Miles Franklin literary award and The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.

  Cynan Jones   Paul McVeigh  

Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones is the author of four novels, The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award, 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach (2011), Bird, Blood, Snow (2012) and The Dig (winner of The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014), a chapter of which was shortlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.


Paul McVeigh

Paul McVeigh's short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies. He has been commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and read on BBC Radio 5. He will read this month at the International Short Story Conference in Vienna and later this year at the Cork International Short Story Festival. Paul has also written for the theatre and his debut novel will be published in Spring next year. Paul is deputy editor of the Word Factory and director of the London Short Story Festival.

  Paul McVeigh Masterclass

Masterclass with Paul McVeigh

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRTERS: Social media has transformed the way writers communicate with the industry and has become an essential tool for gaining readers and even getting published . As more and more voices battle for attention on-line, how do we make sure that we stand out from the crowd? Paul McVeigh, writer and Word Factory's social media guru, will explore how to improve your social media profile, plan more effective strategies and better connect with our audience. Paul will review blogging, translating followers to book buyers and how to best utilise Facebook and Twitter. He will advise on writing an author profile and the etiquette of on-line conversations.

This class is for you if you are looking to improve your social media profile, enhance the effectiveness of your current activity, grow your online audience or are new to social media and looking to get started.

Venue: Waterstones Piccadilly. Cost: £40 per person with free entrance to the evening reading included. NOTE THE TIME: 1.30-4.30pm (before the Salon).


Short Story Club

This month: George Saunders
In The End of Firpo in the World

For July, we’re reading a short story by the award-winning George Saunders, a “savage satirist” who critics have praised for his “demented black comic view of modern American culture”. In The End of Firpo in the World, selected from Saunders’ 2001 collection Pastoralia, an overweight, bullied boy rides round his neighbourhood on his bicycle, reflecting on his unpopularity. This story has been described as the perfect example of the short story as a form, and is full of irony and pathos.

Simply email Sophie Haydock for more details and a copy of the story:

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When & Where

203-206 Piccadilly
W1J 9HD London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 26 July 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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The Word Factory

In the beginning was the Word Factory, intimate short story salons bringing brilliant writers and readers together for wine, conversation and great work. We make writing better: creating the spaces for inspiration with a rolling programme of monthly readings and interviews. Meet our authors, join our salons and masterclasses, become a member of the short story club, support us as a Friend. If you can't join us, catch up with our video channel. Apply for our unique writing apprenticeship scheme. Together we can write the perfect ending.

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