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Fancy being mentored by Nikesh Shukla or Alexei Sayle?

21 December 2016

The Word Factory Apprentice Award 2017 is now open for short story writers, offering FREE mentorship throughout 2017 from leading authors and access to a community of writers, readings, discussions and classes. The organisation has a commitment to emerging BAME talent.

Deadline: January 22nd 2017. For more information on HOW TO APPLY.

For the fourth year running, the Word Factory are seeking four emerging writers to be individually mentored by leading authors, for FREE*, and to join the Word Factory team as part of our renowned Apprenticeship Award. The chosen writers will have access to all Word Factory events and classes, plus support from writing agencies, access to a leading agent and the collective literary wisdom of the Word Factory writers.

The 2017 mentors bring a vast range of experience to the award – plus a passionate commitment to the literary and social values of the Word Factory. We are delighted to announce that they are: Alexei Sayle, Zoe Gilbert, Nikesh Shukla and Jarred McGinnis

Applications will be judged by the Word Factory director Cathy Galvin and associate director Paul McVeigh, winner of the Polari First Book Prize.

Trusted relationships are vital to the development of a writer. Our apprentices—Rebecca Swirsky, Holly Dawson, Kerstin Twatchmann, Uschi Gatward, Claire Adam, Divya Ghelani and Emily Devane—have all become members of the Word Factory team, winning awards and being published in leading magazines and journals.

Sincere thanks to everyone who has supported our scheme to date: Waterstones Piccadilly, Spread the Word, Arts Council England and most particularly our previous mentors Adam Marek, Stella Duffy, Alex Preston and Nicholas Royle , Jacob Ross, Vanessa Gebbie and Professor Ailsa Cox.

Funds to administer the apprentice scheme have been provided through the generosity of the 2016 Word Factory Patrons: David Almond, David Andrew, Penelope Rendall, Alexei Sayle, Margarette Driscoll, Peter Kellner, Tony Lahert, Valerie Curtis and Dame Antonia Byatt.

"Learning from craftswomen like Michèle Roberts and Marina Warner at Word Factory masterclasses has been incredibly inspiring. My mentor, Vanessa Gebbie, is a brilliant and intuitive reader as well as an all-round writing powerhouse. Under her incisive guidance, I’ve become a braver and stronger writer of short fiction and novels and I’m not looking back. The Word Factory is a unique story circle in the heart of London, a ‘fireside’ gathering full of warmth and wonder." Divya Ghelani, 2016 apprentice

Jacob Ross and Claire Adam from WordFactory on Vimeo.