Suffragette Flash Workshop
Suffragette Flash Workshop

Suffragette Flash Workshop

Flash fiction workshop with Tania Hershman, presented by Word Factory and Tara Arts

Saturday 26 May


“I had to get a close-hand view of the misery and unhappiness of a man made world, before I reached the point where I could successfully revolt against it.” So said Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement that, 100 years ago this year, succeeded in winning (some) women the right to vote as women across the world fought for their own franchise.

In this half-day workshop, you will work with flash fiction expert Tania Hershman to create the shortest of short stories (around 500 words), taking inspiration from the words and deeds of revolutionary women world over. The day will culminate in taking to the stage at the intimate Tara Theatre to share some of the work created and celebrate those who fought before us, using their voices and your own.

Flash fiction is the process of creating stories under 2,000 words. Part poetry, part narrative, flash fiction is also known as sudden fiction, micro fiction, short short stories or quick fiction.

No previous writing experience necessary; just bring pen, paper and your imagination! 

Workshop fee is £50, including refreshments and a light evening snack before the evening performance. The workshop starts at 2pm.

The event will be hosted by Word Factory Director Cathy Galvin.

Word Factory and Tara Arts are offering 2 free bursary places to emerging writers who are unable to pay the full workshop fee. A third bursary is available to a BAME writer specifically.

If you are interested, please send a 500 word sample of your work, a short email explaining why you want to participate and an indication of income and whether you have a BAME background to Word Factory director Cathy Galvin at [email protected] Put the words SUFFRAGETTE FLASH BURSARY in your email header. Deadline: Noon 20 May. 

Tania Hershman's third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, was published by Unthank Books in May 2017 and her debut poetry collection, Terms & Conditions, by Nine Arches Press in July. Tania is also the author of a multiple poetry chapbooks and short story collections, and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' & Artists' Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). She is the curator of short story hub ShortStops (, celebrating short story activity across the UK & Ireland, and has a PhD in creative writing inspired by particle physics. Hear her read her work at

Word Factory’s is the UK’s leading short story organisation, with a mission to promote and support short story excellence. It runs a year-round programme of live classes, literary salons, short story club and other events. The Word Factory is committed to developing short story talent and works with leading UK and international authors, focusing on quality, learning and enjoyment. Find out more at

This event is part of 'I'll Say It Again! A season of work by women artists'. This is a month-long festival of events including theatre, music, poetry and dance, celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK.



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