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Feedback on novels, poems and short stories – 22 February 2017

Wednesday’s meeting was a feedback/read-a-round evening. The format for this type of meeting is that people bring along four copies of pieces of prose or poetry, no longer than 1,000 words. The items submitted are all anonymous and the organisers make sure that each group of reviewers does not receive their own work, to avoid bias or embarrassment. Around seventeen of us were there, reviewing...

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John Cairney: never waste a moment – 15 February 2017

 The honest men and bonnie lasses of Ayr Writers Club got a rare treat last night when the renowned actor and raconteur John Cairney came to speak to us on the eve of his 87th birthday. John, who has had an acting career spanning 64 years, has lost none of his legendary charisma. His stage presence was still very much evident as he entertained us with stories of his long and fascinating career....

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Let’s Write: in magazines – with Janice Johnston, 8 February 2017

‘Please bring along some magazines,’ was Janice’s request prior to her workshop. Well, we did and what a selection. Everything from Which? to Wedding turned up on our table, and others had Camping and Caravanning Club, Railway Modeller, National Geographic as well as magazines covering cookery, triathlon, Scottish culture, you name it. Janice then explained to us, with great examples, how we...

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How To Write A One-Act Play In Two Acts! with K Edwards – 1 February 2017

On a mild, damp February night, a significant number of storytellers gathered at the Mercure hotel to listen and learn from playwright K Edwards. Karen kicked off the evening by taking us through the basics: what is a play, layout and structure of a one-act play. She reminded us at the heart of every play and every story is the goal, motivation and conflict of the protagonist.  “Roll up, roll...

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