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SAW Success Night 1st April 2015

‘Ayr Writer’s Club is a positive competition factory’. These are the words of a SAW official when congratulating our club on its members’ successes. April Fool’s Day may have fallen on Ayr Writers’ SAW Success Night, but the stunning revelations over the next two hours revealed that there are certainly no fools among Ayr Writers. Even before Rhona crashed the gavel down to signal the beginning...

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‘Moving Up A Gear’ Travel Writing Workshop with Ann Burnett

With characteristic enthusiasm, Ann Burnett had the whole room writing feverishly within the first five minutes of her Travel-writing workshop. “As quickly as you can, write down as many visitor attractions as you can think of in your local area.” Like some latter-day ticker-tape, lists were churned out featuring everything from Lochside spa days to pond dipping at Culzean; from visiting Vikings...

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Caro Ramsay on Crime Fiction

Some speakers should be allowed just to speak for themselves. (Memo to self: Find and delete all ‘just’s. Caro does.) Caro Ramsay, award winning and best selling crime fiction author, is she tells us, not a writer. She is someone who likes ‘telling lies and killing people.’ Literary lies and fictional murders only, one can only hope, but I wouldn’t have fancied the...

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Feedback night – March 25th 2015

Poems, short stories, an article, a novel’s epilogue and a cheeky report on the SEEN Conference as experienced by a member of Scare Writers’ Club were this month’s 1000 word anonymous contributions, handed over to be read and critiqued by our fellow members. Split into four groups, our enthusiastic critiquers pored over each piece, reading it carefully, taking notes and sharing their thoughts...

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The Three B’s: Bios , Blogs and Blue Pencil with Maggie Bolton and Janice Johnston

Tonight we were pleased to welcome two home- grown experts from A.W.C. to share their knowledge and experience. Bios Maggie started the session by outlining the uses and essentials in an author’s biography. Brevity was the key, 25- 250 words; always keep it interesting and relevant but above all keep it factual (no lies please or embroidering the truth – think of those interviews on ‘The...

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