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The Art of Story Writing
Enjoy a unique day with award-winning short story writers Michèle Roberts, Adam Marek and literary agent Carrie Kania including an evening reading with Lionel Shriver.

Join a small group of leading writers in an intimate setting for an exclusive one-day seminar aimed at finding your voice and getting published.

Improve the quality of your writing, find solutions to the editing problems that hold you back and discover how to get your work published. Michèle Roberts and Adam Marek both push the boundaries of the short story form with work that is full of sensuality, surprise and discomfort. You will write, be edited, absorb practical tips and be inspired. Agent Carrie Kania will explain what you need to know to successfully send your work out. And after, share your work or simply relax in the warm setting of The Society Club (Soho), where you can exchange contacts and meet new friends.

In the evening, the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver, will be in conversation with Cathy Galvin and share some of her short stories and an extract from her new novel Big Brother.

The cost of £195 includes lunch, snacks, coffee, tea, wine and a bookish goody-bag. Please let us know if you have specific dietary requirements.

Cathy Galvin photo Cathy Galvin, writer and founder of The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, editor of the Word Factory and a judge for the 2013 Frank O’Connor Award, will moderate the day.
Michêle Roberts photo Michèle Roberts, the author of twelve highly acclaimed novels and short story collections, is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and will bring the morning alive with an awakening writing session.
Adam Marek photo Adam Marek, The Stone Thrower (Comma Press), will run a story clinic to help you troubleshoot and edit your own fiction.
Carrie Kania photo Carrie Kania, Agent, Conville & Walsh and former publisher of Harper Perennial US will discuss building your platform, the role of literary magazines and websites, why exposure matters and how to present your story to an agent.
Lionel Shriver photo Lionel Shriver, also a widely published journalist, is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestsellers So Much for That (a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize) and The Post-Birthday World (Entertainment Weekly’s 2007 Book of the Year). Winner of the 2005 Orange prize, the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin was adapted for a feature film by Lynne Ramsay in 2011. Her eleventh novel, Big Brother, which addresses obesity, is published in May 2013. Her work has been translated into 28 languages..
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April 2013

Saturday, April 27th
10:00am – 5:30pm
Cost: £195 incl. VAT

Book Your Place:
To book a place, please email Cathy Galvin on cathy@thewordfactory.tv or call The Society Club on 020 7437 1433. Space is limited to 15 students only.

As part of the class, you are invited to submit a short story to be read by the authors/agents on the day who will offer you thoughts and edits.

See T&Cs at bottom.




T&Cs – There will be a maximum of 15 people accepted for the class. Payment for the full amount must be received to ensure you have a place on the course. If you wish to cancel, we will refund the fee less £75 up to three weeks before the course begins. After this we regret we cannot offer refunds.

If a substitute teacher is employed, students will be notified ahead of time.

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