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Be a Planner not a Pantster – Article Writing Workshop – 30 January 2019

Despite inclement and unpredictable weather – Kathy and I had left Narnia behind in the Irvine Valley (OK, that’s maybe a slight exaggeration) – we had a good turnout of members for Nigel Ward’s article writing workshop. Of course, those of us who’ve attended one of Nigel’s workshops before knew it would be worth pulling on our snow-boots and trekking to Ayr. Nigel began by quoting from the work...

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Prune, pare and perfect at Pat Young’s editing workshop – 13 February 2019

It takes a certain degree of chutzpah to employ punctuation as a fashion accessory. Pat’s traffic-calming exclamatory knitwear demanded attention for an enthusiastically-delivered interactive evening of all-embracing editing advice (which included minimising the use of adverbs and employing hyphens to reduce word count). As a well-known member of the Group, Pat has published three novels with...

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Classification: public – non-fiction with Bill Coles – 23 January 2019

Our speaker to talk about writing non-fiction articles was Bill Coles – journalist, adventurer, dad, gamesman, storyteller and writer (not necessarily in that order.) He has written for numerous papers including The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The Mail and The Scotsman. During the course of the evening he talked of his time writing for these papers, some of the stories he worked on and...

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A Bard’s Advice: drama workshop with John Binnie – 6 February 2019

‘I’ll have grounds More relative than this – the play’s the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.’ Hamlet’s frequently quoted words on the power of theatre persistently lodged in my brain as I tried to find the words to encapsulate the pleasure provided by John Binnie’s workshop on Wednesday night. Open, friendly, encouraging, stimulating , thought-provoking……I need a...

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