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Ayr Writers’ Club Sweeps The Board

 Six of the shortlisters – Nancy, Linda, Wilma, Janice, Pat and Gail No paparazzi presence, no red carpet, just a bleak, breezy Kilmarnock. Not Hollywood, but for the six of us and our supporters, it was Oscars night minus the posh frocks. When we entered the Imprint short story competition, no one could have predicted the outcome. From an entry of 76 writers a shortlist of ten was drawn...

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Fiction Workshop – 13th November 2013

Anyone who has or wants to write fiction no doubt found last night’s workshop insightful as it was led by our very own Janice Johnston with her natural warm and entertaining flare.  As we all know, character and location are both vital to any piece of fictional writing and to emphasise this we, in groups, were given three pictures – two people and one place – and we were given the...

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Joyce Holms – 6th November, 2013

                                We had a special treat last night. Our visiting speaker, the delightful Joyce Holms – author, teacher and apparently sometime window-dresser and assistant in a detective agency (like it!) gave us the benefit of her writing experience. Priceless nuggets of information came thick and fast. You could practically see the smoke rising from frenzied, overworked pens as...

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Feedback – 30th October, 2013

At school didn’t we all dislike swapping test papers for marking by our neighbours? The idea of a Feedback evening brought back that exposed feeling but this time of one’s inability to be Chekhov, Austen or Brookmyre or even of having allowed an ‘it’s’ to slip through, apostrophe undeleted. However, thanks to efficient organization (Have you noticed how...

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