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BEGINNERS ADVICE FROM WORD FACTORY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE SUSMITA BHATTACHARYA

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NEW WRITER IN RESIDENCE

We are delighted to welcome Susmita Bhattacharya as our spring/summer 2021Word Factory Writer in Residence.

This is a rare opportunity to work with a leading novelist and short story writer.

Susmita Bhattacharya is an award-winning author and creative writing lecturer. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015, BEE Books, India 2016) was long-listed for the Word to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018 and her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019. Her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been featured on BBC Radio 4. Her creative nonfiction essay won the first prize at the Winchester Writers' Festival in 2016.She teaches creative writing at Winchester University. She was a mentor on Dahlia Books' Middle Way Mentoring scheme in 2019. She also facilitates writing workshops for young people with ArtfulScribe in Southampton.

ONE-ON-ONE BEGINNERS ADVICE SESSIONS

Throughout this spring/summer residency, running from March to July 2021, Susmita will be offering four exclusive half-hour one-on-one advice sessions aimed at helping writers at the beginning of their writing journey.

Within the session, she will critique a story sample of around 500 words and also offer time to answer any questions you may have related to the business of writing, from practical considerations such as dealing with agents to pitching, to the technical writing queries.

After booking your place, please send a 500 word sample of a story you are working on to Word Factory Director Cathy Galvin at Cathy@thewordfactory.tv with Susmita Beginners in the subject line of your email.

Once your place has been secured, we will contact you to find out what you are hoping for from the session and to put you in touch with Susmita for your online mentoring session. We will add new sessions in the season if they become available.

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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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