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Memoir: Emotional Prompts Worksheet

Memoir Workshop Think about these emotions and for each one try to record the following information. – The first time you can remember feeling this, what was happening? – Who else was involved? – Your feelings about the situation or event at that time. Work quickly, attempting to grasp your first reaction, but if nothing comes, then move on to the next one. 1. Excited: 2....

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Notes on Writing Memoir – Dorothy

Memoir Workshop *** Writing memoir is said to have two elements- recollection and truth and both of these can present difficulties for us. Many people say that they can’t remember much before the age of 20, 10, 5 or whatever, some go as far as to say that they have no memories going that far back at all. It’s almost as if they imagine that their memories are stored in a paper bag that can tear...

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Winning entry in Memoir – Dorothy Gallagher

Then One Day…   Then one day, it all changed Aunt Kathleen turned her head slowly from side to side, but her eyes didn’t move. They remained trained on the image in the gilt-framed mirror on our lounge wall. If she knew that I was there, watching, then she gave no sign of it; I was not acknowledged, unlike the coy beauty that half smiled back at her. She swivelled slightly, her sharp...

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Writing with Feeling – Workshop, 16th October, 2013

Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch and Smell – We were challenged to utilise all of the senses during Dorothy’s Memoir Workshop.   As a professional Psychologist, she explained how we each have hidden or partially forgotten memories that could be tapped into when producing a memoir.  Building upon the talk by Alison Chisholm, Dorothy underscored the importance of using real emotion to produce a memoir...

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SAW – Write Up North

Inverness – hitherto known for the Kessock Bridge, Culloden and Nessie. No longer, not since the Scottish Association of Writers had the idea to hold their autumn workshop ‘Up North’. With a history of names as fine as Neil Gunn, Edwin Muir and Carolina Oliphant, it was clear that brilliant writers did exist north of the Forth/Clyde corridor. Like the Kessock Bridge, the meeting was planned to...

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Writing memoir: tipping the balance with Alison Chisholm – 9th Oct, 2013

And then someone asked the killer question. “Do you have a perspective on the truth?” It exploded with the shrapnel of ethics and sensitivity ricocheting around the room. The prospect of defamation, libel and law suits was clearly something that concerned many in the room. Any fledgling or fully-formed memoirs lurking within the club must be brimful of exposés and revelations. Will the Ayrshire...

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The New Writer Magazine

Guy Pringle, publisher of Newbooksmag recently took over the above magazine.  Because I have written book reviews and articles for Newbooksmag I was commissioned to write a piece on Ayr Writers to kick off what he hopes will be a series of pieces on writing clubs.  Guy has always been generous to Ayr sending free magazines and books to the club and also to SAW.  Our club is also promoted on his...

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Nothing Like The X Factor – 2nd October, 2013

The room is full of aspiring talent but Readaround Night at Ayr Writers’ Club is anything but a weeping-fest. There’s no booing, no arrogant judges, no one is chewed up and spat out. Instead, in true Ayr Writers’ tradition, Dorothy creates a positive atmosphere which encourages sensitive reading and supportive feedback. On Wednesday, new members of the group may have felt a bit nervous about...

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