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We went to SAW: we conquered (With apologies to Caesar)

On the appointed Friday evening, two teams arrived in Cumbernauld. Tension was in the air as each prepared to face the challenge the weekend would offer. One returned home with its tail between its legs, despondent in defeat. The other carried home the silverware and planned an open-topped bus tour of their hometown. Observe your surroundings we were repeatedly told: that’s where your ideas and...

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SAW Success Night 23rd March 2016

Is it presumptuous, or over confident to plan such a night before the Scottish Association of Writers’ competitions have even been entered? Certainly not when it is Ayr Writers’ Club. Over the past ten years or so the awards and commendations received by this superb club have increased to such an extent that other clubs are keen to know our formula. Members lucky enough to attend this...

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Dr James Begg on Writing in Scots

Maist folk fin it awfu hard tae talk aboot theirsels withoot soonin like a richt blaw, but Jimmy Begg, the doctor and writer, disnae come ower as fu o hisself at aw. When he talks aboot the books he has tae his name and the things he’s din, he’s disnae get wan bit cairrit away wi hissel. A real man o pairts, Jimmy has tales tae tell o his days doctorin wi the air sea rescue brigade when it wis...

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Crafting short stories with Zoe Strachan

Zoe Strachan, well known to many club members from her contribution to the success of East Ayrshire’s Imprint Festival, gave us her insights into creating, crafting and judging short stories. She began with a reading of one of her own stories, which was sparked into life by the Kelvingrove bandstand being refurbished for the Commonwealth Games. The story focussed on a relationship that...

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Article Writing with Sheila Grant & Nigel Ward

You might think that club members’ recent successes with published articles, especially in Scottish Memories, would make a workshop on Article Writing and Research superfluous. However with Nigel’s long experience in editing (who else has been given a box of red pens as a leaving present?) and Sheila’s success with publishing articles and reviews, we were in good hands to learn...

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Helena Sheridan’s workshop – writing for radio

Radio is better than TV – the pictures are so much clearer. As always, a workshop led by Helena Sheridan is full of tips-of-the-trade, hands-on practical writing and most of all, plenty of laughs. For a one-off radio drama scripting special, Helena Sheridan shared with us the effectiveness of using sound effects and the freedom to switch locations. We learned how to allow the...

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