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Club competitions

During the year we have nine competitions that all club members can enter. These are listed here. Some club competitions are similar to S.A.W. competitions, and you may wish to use the same entry for both. Entry dates fall on club meeting nights, when the competition secretary is on hand to process the manuscripts. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you should e-mail a .pdf version of your...

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Spit and Polish

Style Tips by Ann Burnett Avoid clichés like the plague! Do not use hackneyed phrases like ‘at this point in time’, ‘like a bat out of hell,’ ‘a bed of roses’, ‘as fresh as a daisy.’ Try to find a new way of saying the same thing. It makes for much more interesting writing. For example, the winning simile in a radio competition described a large lady wearing white trousers as having ‘buttocks...

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Presentation

There are certain demands editors place on writers as regards the presentation of a manuscript and these we have to follow. More importantly, however is the need to present a professional looking document which the editor (or whoever) will find clear and easy to read. Download this PDF for tips on presentation, by Ann Burnett Word...

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Summer Meeting – 31st July, 2013

     There is a definite gastronomic theme to the previous blog reports, so I thought I’d better keep up the tradition.        Yesterday evening’s bill of fare contained a variety of dishes to suit every mood and palate. First on the table – that would be the ‘table de temps’ by the way (click, clickety, click), was a poetic appetizer in the form of a ‘triolet’, a poetic form  unknown to me, but...

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Summer Meeting 17th July, 2013

RECIPE FOR A LITERARY COCKTAIL Ingredients •    1 dram of drama, with ‘legal’ spices•    2 slices of social history, marinated for hundreds of years•    1 dash of crime novel, with a salty taste•    1 splash of flash fiction, with a twist in the tale•    3 portions of short story, flavoured with poignancy, humour and nostalgia•    1 shot of terror with the treat of the guillotine •    1 sprig of...

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Summer Meeting – 3rd July, 2013

This morning I woke up laughing; I’d been dreaming about Maggie’s false teeth. Intrigued? No more than we were. Last night’s readaround was a feast of literary fayre, with almost all the party of thirteen bringing something tasty to the table.     The first challenge, of course, was making our way to the venue, a significant quest even for the most seasoned of orienteerers. Yet it is a fitting...

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Summer Meeting 19th June, 2013

Ayr Writers Club Summer Tour Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a visit to the ice cream parlour, where the range of flavours has everyone wide-eyed and salivating. So, last week, Ayr Writers had their own taste test of summer delights.  Ann Burnett welcomed 12 club members to her house where we enjoyed sharing a whole range of writing pieces, generating plenty of discussion and laughter. ...

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Treasures Workshop – 15th June, 2013

We arrived one-by-one at the designated time, huddling together for warmth while we waited for the last stragglers to arrive* and listening to the rain as it pelted hard on the wide stone shoulders of the bard, who stood guard outside. When it was time, we began. …It was quite a good laugh, actually. Ayr Writer’s Club was well represented at writer-director Ewan Morrison’s Treasures...

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