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Historical Crime Writing Workshop – 20th March 2013

A few members from the club attended a free workshop at the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock (http://www.burnsmonumentcentre.co.uk)  on writing Historical Crime Fiction. It was tutored by well known author Alanna Knight, who is a founding member of the Scottish Association of Writers and has written over 60 novels, including romance, thrillers and, of course, historical crime fiction....

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Article Workshop – 20th March 2013

Wednesday night was surely a triumph of creativity over disappointment. Despite learning at the eleventh hour that our speaker, Fiona Gibson, would be unable to clear a path through the snow from her home in Biggar to our gang hut in Ayr, Sheila managed to conjure up for us an evening of entertainment and illumination. It is not often that we manage to hear more than the winning entry to any...

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Read Around – 6th March 2013

“We have had a variety”   Ann Burnett, Read Around, AWC. Indeed we had. As many of Ayrshire’s agriculture community tucked into the Carlton’s best gastronomy, having caused chaos in the car park, the Writers Club enjoyed a wholesome literary feast of home produce.  The fare consisted of work across the board covering most of the different subjects and their individual genres embraced by...

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Fiction Workshop – 13th March 2013

Another excellent workshop by Janice who had taken time to put together some ‘ideas’ packs, which contained a variety of CDs showing  Janice’s eclectic musical taste.  She claimed many were her son’s, but I know she’s a real heavy rock chick at heart.  Along with the CDs were newspaper cuttings of both general stories and diary entries to give inspiration to the common day activities we could...

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Valerie Thornton – 27th February 2013

Club members were privileged to welcome Valerie Thornton, poet, writer, creative writing tutor and editor to the club this week. Before the meeting, Valerie had read and studied our poems on Clyde Wildlife; she opened in a very encouraging way, proclaiming each and every poem to have merit. Valerie went on to read each poem aloud clearly and sensitively followed by individual feedback delivered...

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Poetry workshop – 20th February 2013

Three years ago Dave gave me a light bulb moment, my poetic epiphany. Until then I’d studiously avoided dipping into what, to me, were the dark arts; expertly practised only by those who had some elusive gift or power. Dave, was a professional writer, a journalist with Which? We often sat together on the creative writing programme we both attended and bemoaned our apparent poetic blindness....

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Drama Workshop – 13th February 2013

Last Wednesday night’s drama workshop led by Helena Sheridan was a resounding success and definitely worthy of a five star review. The theme was mainly comedy and we all would have given even top class comedian, Sarah Milligan something to talk about. Catherine, Maggie, Andy, Simon, Nigel, Karen, Greta, Dorothy Jennifer and I were the few people who took to the stage so to speak for our minutes...

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Children’s Workshop – 30th January 2013

Maggie Bolton led the children’s workshop. She made us consider exactly what  8 to 10 year olds are interested in reading. My scribbles from the evening include ‘adventure’,  ‘magic’, ‘disgusting’, ‘fun’ and ‘humour’. Now to combine them into a suitable...

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