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Writing Short Stories with Catherine Czerkawska

March 11th 2015 Taking a break from working on her book about Jean Armour, we were fortunate to have this successful writer of novels and short stories lead us in a workshop. Members took notes at an amazing speed as Catherine bombarded us with advice. It was encouraging to learn that short stories were increasing in popularity due in part to the ease of reading one on an E-reader. Publishing an...

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Kenneth Steven on Short Story Writing 4th March 2015

On 4th March, Ayr Writers’ Club had the privilege of welcoming a great poet and short story writer Kenneth Steven. Kenneth started the evening with a short resume of his latest work, went on to give advice on how to write a great short story or poem When asked his preferred genre Kenneth responded by pointing out that he was a natural poet at heart with poems coming easier to him than the short...

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February Feedback Night by Yvonne Jack

A thrill of anticipation circled the groups who met at the Carlton this evening to share examples of work, whether in early form, more polished affairs or finalised pieces. Each contribution was carefully read and discussed and given written feedback. These peer discussions were often interspersed with laughter, exclamations of wonder or speculation as to the author’s intention or how the piece...

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Alison Craig’s Poetry Workshop by Mary Corbey

Alison Craig’s poetry workshop. It was with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation that I attended my very first poetry workshop. It was reassuring to find a healthy mix of ‘first timers’ and ‘old hands’ amongst the participants; the good attendance no doubt a reflection of Alison’s reputation in the field. . As a child at school I’d felt that poetry was something that they used to torture...

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Rab Wilson’s Workshop

Ma heid’s still fair birlin wi’ a’ the guid advice we got on Weddinsday nicht fae oor ain Ayrshire poet, Rab Wilson. Rab began by reading his Ode to Lord Winston who had described haggis as ‘revolting’ during a Lords debate on the US ban on our celebrated puddin. This piece of modern satire, written in Scots in the style of Rabbie’s Address to a Haggis, showed how a...

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