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Marc Pye at Speaker’s Night 24th February 2016

When I was asked to write the blog, I couldn’t scribble my notes fast enough as our guest speaker, Marc Pye gave insights into the world of screenwriting. Marc began by telling us about his own personal writing journey, progressing from page to screen. He had been working with photo printing, enjoying the security of a regular wage to provide for his family. However, his dream to become a...

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Dane Love on local research and writing

Dane Love is a man with a passion, a passion for old maps and the stories behind some of their markings and for sharing those stories through his writing. To date he has written 30 books on aspects of Scotland and in particular on Ayrshire, its legends, its history and its people. We sat enthralled as he told us his story of how he became a writer, beginning as a small boy in primary school when...

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Workshop: Debby Broughton-Hay: Short scripts, sketches and The Simpsons

This was to be my first workshop with the club and I felt a bit nervous. The speaker at this workshop was Debby Broughton-Hay, a successful member of the club and writer of murder mystery play “Brought to Book”. I knew absolutely nothing about script writing and the word “workshop” implied that I might actually have to participate. I arrived early to find Debby and Nigel engrossed with an I.T....

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February Feedback Evening

Once again our feedback night showcased a diverse collection of works from AWC members who were brave enough to present their short stories, poems, scripts and novel extracts for critique by fellow writers. After a welcome introduction by Nigel we split into groups of four, and were given several pieces of work to read. Silence descended as we bent to the task, followed by murmurings and noise...

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Margaret Skea: A Sense of Place and Period

Margaret Skea: A Sense of Place and Period. 25th November 2015 The President’s theme for this year is A Sense of Place and Margaret Skea’s address gave us Period as a bonus, but as L P Hartley wrote ‘The past is a foreign country.’ Time and place are intertwined in fiction as much as in Einsteinian physics. Creating a sense of both is critical to all forms of fiction not...

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