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Under a sympathetic microscope – Feedback Evening – 28 September

Does that first paragraph grab? Does the dialogue ring true? Do the characters rise from the page? At the end of a successful Feedback Evening these questions, and many more, get answered to the benefit of our writing. For those new to the process it may be daunting: for those who have shared their work before, it is eagerly anticipated and invariably constructive. And so it proved at the first...

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No Rules: Poetry Workshop – 21 September

It was the first workshop of the season and Alison wasted no time in reminding us that not only were we there to write, but that we would all come away from the evening with at least one seed of a poetic idea. There are no rules in writing poetry, she assured us, apart from not leaving the workshop with an empty page. While some in the room had a practiced hand in this genre, there were many for...

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Speed workshops and enthusiasm on the Welcome Night – 14 September

Presidents Fiona Atchison and Janice Johnston chaired ‘Welcome Night’ on the second week of the Club’s new season. Fiona began the evening by highlighting forthcoming events and guest speakers from what promises to be an entertaining syllabus. Following the visit by crime writer Louise Welsh, the second guest speaker to the Club will be poet John Hudson on 5th...

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Louise Welsh: an inspiring start

Only Michael Malone could get away with referring to our distinguished guest, a University professor and internationally acclaimed author, as a ‘wee wumman wi half the internet to hersel’. Granted, it was his birthday, and he is, like Louise Welsh, a well-known crime writer, but still, cheeky or what? Michael’s witty vote of thanks closed the evening by echoing Fiona’s very clever...

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