The journey from scribblers to published authors – 24 January 2018

Short and sweet? Or long and winding? AWC’s very own Pat Young, author of Till the Dust Settles and Michael Malone, author of several books, including A Suitable Lie, Dog Fight and House of Spines shared the hot seat and, thanks to Alison Craig’s skilful interviewing, told us of their writing journeys to publication. Pat, who never had the urge to write until a few years ago, was inspired by an...

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Campervans and uncluttered contemplation, with Sue Reid Sexton – 17 January 2018

‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ How many times do authors get asked that? Tonight, at the latest Ayr Writers’ Club meeting, we will hopefully find out and more importantly, discover actions we can take when those ideas dry up. Help arrived in the form of Sue Reid Sexton, author, teacher of creative writing, ghost-writer, and previous counsellor. Sue started with a quotation from Muriel...

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There lies trepidation, with their bug-bears ‘cos they’re apostrophes, with Pat Young – 6 December 2017

How do we properly employ ellipses, semi-colons, apostrophes, commas and quotation marks? These were just a few of the topics discussed during Pat’s ‘Grammar and Things’ session on 6 December. Grammatical correctness can be such a minefield that I suspect most of us approached the evening with a degree of trepidation. How many mistakes had we been making unwittingly in our writing to date? We...

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