A shed full of potent bits: writing for young adults, with Martin Stewart – 21 April 2018

It may seem a tall order to write something that will appeal to children from aged eleven right through to adult, but clearly it’s possible (think of J K Rowling, Anthony Horowitz, Philip Pullman and Suzanne Collins to name but a few.) Well, on Wednesday night Martin Stewart gave AWC members an insight into how it might be done by sharing his approach to writing Young Adult Fiction. After many...

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From Noah to the perils of the i-phone – 14 March 2018

On Wednesday 14 March the Club hosted one of its regular Read-Around nights. Around twenty or so members arrived for the evening, many clutching copies of their work. The description of the evening in the Club’s handbook is simple and disarming – ‘These are informal evenings, where you are given the chance of having your work read by other club members’. The truth is that it can, particularly...

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Writing Articles with Sheila Grant – 7 March 2018

A writer has to start somewhere and for those who attended the club on Wednesday evening, there was no better person to give advice than Sheila Grant. Sheila became a member of Ayr Writers’ Club over twenty years ago, spurred on after publication of a children’s story in a magazine. Sheila admits this story had many flaws and now confesses to never having written or finished a children’s story...

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